Male bladder infection

Male bladder infections are considered much more likely after 50. This is mostly due to prostate enlargement as well as the fact that many men over 50 are less likely to be circumcised which allows more bacteria to build up in the urinary tract. In many cases, cystitis is the direct result of a bacterial infection that begins in the prostate or the kidneys and makes its way into the bladder.

Symptoms of a male bladder infection include pressure in the lower pelvic area, a more frequent need to urinate and blood in the urine. Foul smelling urine, pain during sexual intercourse and fever may also point to a bladder infection. It is very important that you report any burning or itching that you experience when urinating. This is not a normal symptom in any case and could signal a severe infection in the bladder. Left untreated, bladder infections can become very dangerous. Also note any tenderness or pain in the prostate or surrounding area, vomiting, particularly when accompanied by fever and/or pain in the pelvic area and any severe or sudden changes in your mental state. Most cases of bladder infections in men can be cleared up quite easily with a healthy dose of antibiotics and it is very important to have any infections treated immediately. If you notice that you are urinating much more often than normal, particularly if you have the urge to urinate but cannot, you should see your doctor. Most cases of male bladder infection include the feeling of a full bladder even when the bladder is empty. You should also keep an eye out for any pain in the pelvic area as well as any abnormal discharges. Additional symptoms include a throbbing or nagging pain in the lower back or uneasiness in the lower back region.

Treating a male bladder infection may be as simple as taking antibiotics and ensuring that the patient is properly hydrated. The main treatment method includes treatment for prostate infections and the most successful and less painful treatments include diagnosing the condition early. Precautions can be taken to prevent bladder infections. These include practicing good personal hygiene. Properly cleaning the genital area is crucial to prevent infections. Avoiding excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol as well as wearing loose, cotton underwear can also help. Of course, drinking plenty of water is the most preferred and successful way to prevent bladder infections in both men and women. Six to eight glasses each day is the recommended amount of water for an overall better general health. You should also urinate whenever necessary. Never hold your urine for more than just a few minutes.

Diagnosing a male bladder infection typically includes a urinalysis as well as a urine culture. Imaging tests may also be needed to provide a proper diagnosis in many cases. As well as taking prescription antibiotics, herbal or natural remedies may also be successful in treating these infections. Cranberry juice as well as bearberry and garlic have proven successful in many cases. Again, drinking plenty of water can help more than anything to prevent as well as help clear up a bladder infection. 64 ounces of water each day can do wonders for your general health and will help ensure that all wastes are properly flushed from your body.

If you notice symptoms of a male bladder infection, it is crucial that you do not ignore them. If after a day or two the symptoms are not getting better, even after drinking plenty of water and trying natural remedies, you should contact your physician right away. Untreated bladder infections can be very serious and may require lengthy stays in the hospital to ensure that all infection is removed. Contact your doctor immediately if you feel that you may have a bladder infection to prevent further complications and risks that may include kidney infections and/or chromic bladder infections.

Last updated on Dec 30th, 2010 and filed under Men's Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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