UTI not only affects women but men too even though they are at a much lower risk because of the structure of their urinary system . This infection may occur in the bladder , prostate , testicles , epididymis or the kidneys. Urinary tract infection usually affects men over the age of 50 . It may also occur in men below that age however the possibility is low. Men with a lower immune system and uncontrolled diabetes have more probabilities of getting this infection. Such risk factors increase the possibility of men getting UTI however they do not ensure that the infection would occur . Also men with no such risk factors may also get infected .
The symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections in men are as follows
- Frequent urination
- A burning sensation while urinating
- Fever and chills
- Changes in the smell or color of the urine
- A discharge from the urethra in the case of urethritis
- Pain near the anus or groin region in the case of prostatitis
- Swelling and pain of the scrotum in the case of epididymitis
- Pain and swelling of the testicles in the case of a testicular infection
- Abdominal discomfort in the case of cystitis
- Back pain and nausea in case of a kidney infection
- Bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Klebsiella, Pseudomonas, or Staphylococcus usually cause UTI in men.
- This infection can spread from the urethra via the urinary tract and affect the bloodstream from the kidneys.
- In very rare cases a fungus might be the cause of this infection .
The most common treatment for UTI in men are antibiotics that start the cure within 48 hours . This infection should be left untreated as it may result in the infection spreading to the bloodstream or kidneys .In such cases a surgery may be required.
The complications from a Urinary Tract Infection in men may include
- Shrinking of the testicles
- Urinary discomfort
- An infection in the kidney may result in kidney failure
- Complete hygiene while urinating and pre and post sexual activities .
- Always emptying the bladder after an intercourse .
- Practice safe sex always and avoid multiple partners.
- Monitor blood sugar levels and keep it under control.
- Try and boost immunity if the level is low.
- Good intake of water and fluids to remove toxins and bacteria from the urinary tract.