Urinary Tract Infection in Males

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Q: What is Urinary Tract Infection?

Excretion, an important function of the body wherein the toxins and other waste products are filtered from the blood and expelled out, is performed by the urinary tract. The organs constituting the tract include kidneys, bladder, ureters and urethra and thus, any infection affecting these structures is known as urinary tract infection or UTI.
When bacteria such as E.coli, Chlamydia etc attack and grow in the tract, UTI ensues. Though mostly women tend to have UTI, men with diabetes, kidney stones, enlarged prostate, poor hygiene, urinary blockage, use of spermicidal creams, history of any urinary tract procedure are more prone to develop this infection.
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Q: What are the symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection?

  1. Pain during urination
  2. Burning on passing urine
  3. Frequent urging to urinate
  4. Pain in abdomen
  5. Turbid, cloudy or offensive urine
  6. Dribbling urination
  7. Fever, nausea or vomiting indiactes a serious infection

A urine analysis must be done to confirm the diagnosis.

Q: What are the management for Urinary Tract Infection?

  1. Antibiotic therapy and/or painkillers
  2. Drinking plenty of water
  3. Voiding urine as soon as you feel the urge. Do not hold the urine.
  4. Wash and clean the area after urination or having sex.
  5. Avoid caffeinated drinks or alcohol
  6. Follow doctor's instructions carefully as UTI can easily recur and lead to serious implications.
Prognosis:

A UTI is usually, easily treatable and cured in 3-4 days. However, in case of serious infections like pyelonephritis or infections complicated by some underlying condition like cancer, diabetes, heart problem, previous surgery, prolonged consumption of certain medications, obstruction kidney, prostate enlargement, treatment can be longer and may require hospitalization.
If left untreated, UTI can lead to severe kidney damage or failure therefore, necessitating immediate attention.
Urinary tract is like a non-stop fighter who kicks off harmful substances from the body round the clock. If it is not healthy, enemies can attack easily. Take care of the fighter and the fighter will take care of you.
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