Male Urinary Tract Infection: Stop screwing around, will you?
Posted Oct 29 2010 5:26am
In matters of health, it has been said that hygiene is two-thirds of staying healthy. In fact, it has been documented that there is a deadly link between health and poverty as the latter often leads to people (despite doing their absolute best to stay clean) living in places that cannot be considered as "civilized" in terms of basic hygiene standards. And ultimately, where you live determines your "state of mind"… and with the obvious mind-body connection, it won't be long until there is a lack of personal hygiene as well.
The same goes for screwing around, literally speaking, of course… thanks to an abundance of STDs that are waiting out there for you… Perhaps, it's Nature's way of getting one to control your "willy"…
And there are a slew of illnesses that emanate from the lack of personal hygiene and an overactive sex life, among which a prominent one is the urinary tract infection. While this infection is common amongst women much more men, males above the age of 50 are susceptible to this condition.
Male Urinary Tract Infection & its Causes
Since the human urinary system is made of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and the urethra, a urinary tract infection is said to occur when any of these organs are infected.
And one of the main causes of the male urinary tract infection in particular, is the growth and colonization of the bacteria E. Coli that, in most cases, infects the urethra and the urinary bladder. If left unchecked, this infection can infect other organs of the body by traveling through the bloodstream.
In the case of males, having multiple sex partners as well as poor hygiene can be the cause of this infection that is not necessarily life-threatening but can be a real pain in the you-know-where.
This infection is normally classified based on where it is located namely the upper tract infection which is known as "pyelonephritis" and the lower tract infection that is known as "cystitis".
And both have their distinct symptoms…
Symptoms of the types of Male Urinary Tract Infection
While there are minor differences between the two types of male urinary tract infection, here is a list of the symptoms of UTI for each type:
Type 1: Pyelonephritis (Kidney Infection)
a. Vomiting and Nausea
b. Severe abdominal pain (occasionally)
c. Confusion or mental change
d. Chills with shaking
f. High fever (for more than two days)
g. Change in texture and color of skin
h. Foul or strong urine odor
i. Painful urination or the inability to urinate
j. Increase in frequency of urination
l. Back pain
Type 2: Cystitis (Urinary Bladder Infection)
a. Flank pain
b. Frequent need to urinate
d. Foul or strong urine odor
e. Painful urination (also known as dysuria)
f. Pressure in the lower pelvis
j. Vomiting and nausea
k. Pain during sex
l. Confusion or Mental changes
m. Pain in the penis, which is a rare symptom
Treatment for Male Urinary Tract Infection
While male UTI as a rule is considered to be complicated, most doctors consider the infection to have reached the kidneys, and in any case, conduct a urine analysis that will determine what type of urinary tact infection and the course of action that must be taken.
Normally, a course of antibiotics are given to patients for a period of 10 to 14 days.
And ironically, this is what women wanted for years now from their men… er… a little more cleanliness and the ability to use their right 'head' once in a while…