PENISES ON FIRE
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
Everything you need to know about the infections that could destroy you (and your dingaling).
DO YOU EXPERIENCE A BURNING
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