Yes, men can get them too. The prob­lem is, you, along with most men, are unaware of how a UTI (uri­nary tract in­fec­tion) can se­ri­ously harm your junk. So we’ll tell you ev­ery­thing you need to know about the painful in­fec­tions

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Ev­ery­thing you need to know about the in­fec­tions that could de­stroy you (and your din­gal­ing).


sensation when you pee? Lis­ten up – you might have a UTI.

There are two types of UTI: the more com­mon Lower UTI that starts be­low your blad­der and in­volves your ure­thra; and the more com­pli­cated Up­per UTI that can hap­pen any­where be­tween the blad­der and the kid­neys.

Urethri­tis – in­flam­ma­tion of the ure­thra caused by a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion – falls un­der the UTI um­brella as well. That’s when you feel a burn­ing sensation or pain when uri­nat­ing. Dr. Vikramjit Singh Saren, Con­sul­tant Uro­log­i­cal Sur­geon from KPJ Sen­tosa KL Spe­cial­ist Hos­pi­tal, ex­plains that UTIs and urethri­tis can be very se­vere in men. Here’s how you can de­tect the symp­toms, avoid in­fec­tions, and counter them.

1 Symp­toms Of Lower UTI

You’ll ex­pe­ri­ence dis­com­fort when uri­nat­ing. “You’ll feel pain or a burn­ing sensation near the blad­der,” Dr. Saren says. Some­times, you will ex­pe­ri­ence lower ab­dom­i­nal pain or supra­pu­bic pain where the blad­der sits. These are also clas­si­fied as com­mon UTI. It will last three to five days and, some­times, there will be no pain, de­spite the pres­ence of a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion. Pre­scribed an­tibi­otics will re­solve this is­sue.

2 Symp­toms Of Up­per UTI

Com­pli­cated UTI in­volves the up­per uri­nary tract and will usu­ally cause pyelonephri­tis – in­flam­ma­tion of the kid­neys. “You will ex­pe­ri­ence fever, chills, rigours and back pain where your kid­neys are lo­cated,” Dr. Saren says. You’ll also feel pain in your loins. This is con­sid­ered a se­vere UTI case, and you will need in­tra­venous an­tibi­otics to treat it.

3 Con­stant Urge To Pee

Iden­tify where the pain comes from: at the start of uri­na­tion (dy­suria), or at the last few drops (ter­mi­nal dy­suria), Dr. Saren adds. The other symp­tom: when you pee more fre­quently than usual. “This can be with or with­out

blood in the urine. If blood­stains are spot­ted, that also means the in­fec­tion is very se­vere,” he says. As this af­fects the lower UTI, oral an­tibi­otics will usu­ally be pre­scribed.

4 Prostate Is­sues Will Cause A UTI As Well

Early or late prostate is­sues such as pro­stati­tis – in­flam­ma­tion of the prostate caused by a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion – can cause a UTI. “You’ll need prostate surgery if you have con­cur­rent prostate prob­lems, be­cause the prostate it­self is con­tribut­ing to the in­fec­tion and caus­ing a UTI,” Dr. Saren says. A re­sec­tion surgery or laser surgery is needed es­pe­cially for men in their six­ties or sev­en­ties; their prostates are usu­ally the cul­prit when they ex­pe­ri­ence a UTI.

5 Dif­fi­culty Pee­ing Can Cause Bac­te­rial Build-Up

Ba­si­cally, this will af­fect your uri­nary tract. “You’ll usu­ally find [residue] in the urine. When you are un­able to empty your blad­der, you might even get a sec­ondary bac­te­rial in­fec­tion that will cause a se­vere UTI,” Dr. Saren says. Men above the age of 60 have a higher chance of get­ting a UTI when they have dif­fi­culty pee­ing, es­pe­cially those with an en­larged prostate.

6 Out For Urethral Stric­tures And Kid­ney Stones Too

A urethral stric­ture, or the nar­row­ing of the ure­thra, is caused by an in­jury or a tu­mour. “Most of the time, you will ex­pe­ri­ence pain and ma­jor dis­com­fort when uri­nat­ing,” Dr. Saren says. This could also in­di­cate the pres­ence of stones in your kid­neys, he adds. If left un­treated, they will cause a UTI as well. “Get your­self checked if you pee fre­quently and pass small amounts of urine each time with a burn­ing sensation,” Dr. Saren ad­vises.

7 Un­der­stand­ing Urethri­tis

Urethri­tis is the in­flam­ma­tion of the ure­thra caused by a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion. “This usu­ally hap­pens in younger males when they con­tract dis­eases dur­ing sex­ual con­tact,” Dr. Saren says. Younger men who lead a pro­mis­cu­ous life­style with ran­dom part­ners and those who don’t use con­doms are more sus­cep­ti­ble to urethri­tis. Some men will get a mild in­fec­tion, which will sub­side on its own, ac­cord­ing to Dr. Saren.

You could get a fever, chills and pain in your kid­neys area if you have a com­pli­cated UTI. Your GP will ask for a urine sam­ple be­fore get­ting a blood sam­ple to con­firm it

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