Urinary tract infections are a common problem, affecting both females and males of all ages. The infections occur when bacteria enters the urinary system and travels into the bladder, where urine is stored. The bacteria then proliferate, leading to uncomfortable symptoms.
Men may develop a urinary tract infection during treatment of urinary incontinence problems, when a catheter is placed into the bladder. Urinary tract infections are usually treated with antibiotic medications to eliminate the bacteria. A number of proactive measures can help to prevent urinary tract infections or reduce the frequency of these problems.
Understanding Urinary Tract Infections
Infections of the urinary tract can cause a number of symptoms, including pain in the lower abdomen, frequent urination, urgency, spasms of the bladder, back pain and blood in the urine. Some individuals may experience chills and fever from the infection, as well. Preventing bacteria from entering the urethra and bladder will help you to avoid the symptoms of UTI.
Types of Urinary Tract Infections in Men
A variety of problems can lead to UTI symptoms. Chronic constipation can impair your ability to empty the bladder properly, which can set the stage for a UTI. Infections that affect the lower urinary tract can also cause problems in the upper urinary system, leading to more serious kidney infection.
An enlarged prostate can block the flow of urine out of the bladder, which can increase the risk of infection. If you are undergoing treatment for male incontinence that involves the placement of a catheter tube, you may be more vulnerable to kidney infection and urinary tract infection, because bacteria can be introduced into the urinary system more easily.
Managing Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms
The burning, frequent urination and abdominal pain of a UTI can come on unexpectedly. Taking antibiotics is the only effective way to eliminate the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections, but you can take a number of steps to help you stay comfortable until your medication begins working.
A warm heating pad can help to reduce abdominal discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, are not very effective against urinary tract discomfort. However, you can find a medication called phenazopyridine at your local pharmacy, which works specifically for urinary pain. Be warned, however, that it may turn your urine a bright orange and can stain clothing.
Some individuals may be prone to recurrent urinary tract infections that can impact their daily lives. This occurs because of their individual physiology, which involves an increased number of receptor cells in the tissues of the bladder. We can help you find the best ways to manage these infections.
Preventing Urinary Tract Infections in Men
If you are prone to urinary tract infections, you can take active measures to limit the opportunities for bacteria to invade your urinary tract.
- Drink plenty of water daily to flush the urinary system.
- Empty the bladder frequently and as completely as you can.
- Maintain good hygiene in the uro-genital area.
- If you are uncircumcised, clean under the foreskin carefully to avoid bacteria from traveling into the bladder.
- Avoid constipation by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- If you are having treatment of urinary system, follow your doctor’s recommendations carefully.
Careful hygiene measures can help to prevent urinary tract infections and may be particularly helpful for individuals who experience recurring infection. We offer a number of products for maintaining good urinary health to prevent infection and avoid the discomfort of urinary tract problems.
About Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Urinary tract infections are the second most common type of infections in humans, accounting for over 8 million annual doctor visits. There are many causes of these urine infections, because anything that limits the way the bladder empties or irritates the urinary tract can cause a UTI.
Bladder infections in men can occur when long-term, internal catheters are being used to help with male incontinence. These catheters can make it easier for bacteria to enter the bladder.
Men’s Liberty offers a solution for male incontinence issues, offering a discreet and reliable alternative to pads and traditional catheters that direct urine away from your skin to keep you dry 24/7, it’s no wonder it’s used by millions of men worldwide.
Common UTI Treatment
UTI treatment methods usually involve the use of oral antibiotics. Most symptoms of UTIs will go away within 48 hours of beginning treatment.
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