At Uqora we spend a lot of time talking about recurrent UTIs and UTI symptoms in ladies at Uqora. Today we pay a tribute to the men.
Although UTIs are far more common for women, men can also get one-off or recurrent urinary tract infections. UTIs are infrequent among younger men, and a man’s chance of developing a UTI increase after the age of 50.
How do men get UTIs?
Same with women, a UTI occurs when bacteria takes hold inside the urinary tract and is not expelled during urination.
After age 50, the risk of getting a UTI increases each year. However, there are other factors besides age that can cause males to develop UTIs at any age according to Men’s Liberty:
- Problems with the urinary tract. If you’ve had surgery on your urinary tract in the past, or have trouble controlling when you urinate, then you’re at a higher risk of developing a UTI.
- Infected or enlarged prostate. An infected prostate or enlarged prostate gland can lead to recurrent UTIs.
- A weaken immune system. If your immune system is weakened due to a long-term illness, such as diabetes, your body may not be able to fight bacteria easily.
- Kidney stones or bladder stones. Kidney stones and bladder stones can disrupt your urine from flowing through the urinary tract as it should, which can cause bacteria to get more easily trapped.
- Catheter use. Indwelling or internal catheters can allow bacteria to enter during insertion, introducing bacteria to the urinary tract that can cause UTIs.
What are the symptoms of a UTI in men?
When men get UTIs, their symptoms are generally similar to the symptoms that women experience. Common UTI symptoms include:
- A persistent urge to urinate
- Releasing only small amounts of urine at a time when you can urinate
- Bloody, cloudy, or bad-smelling urine
- Abdominal or lower back pain
- Burning pain while urinating
Men may also experience fluid seeping from the penis, which is a symptom unique to women. Any man noticing discharge from the penis should see his doctor for a diagnosis since this could indicate a UTI.
Some men may also experience a fever, nausea, or chills paired with any of these symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms, you should contact your physician. However, a fever may indicate a kidney infection—a serious problem that needs prompt treatment.
How is a UTI diagnosed?
Your health care provider will likely ask you to explain your symptoms. Beyond that, according to Drugs.com, your physician may also conduct a urine test to determine if there are bacteria present in your urine which could be causing the infection. They may also conduct a blood test to see if you have a prostate infection. Finally, if you develop repeat UTIs your physician may conduct an imaging test to show if the infection has spread to your kidneys.
How are UTIs in men treated?
UTIs must be treated with antibiotics. While you wait for your antibiotic prescription to be filled or to take effect, you can take over-the-counter medicine for the pain, like Azos Urinary Pain Relief.
Why is it that women get UTIs more frequently than men?
A woman has a shorter urethra than a man does, which shortens the distance that bacteria must travel to reach the bladder. Also, the location of women's urethras gives the urethral entrance more access to infection causing bacteria.