Urethral Syndrome Treatment at Home: What Is It?
What is Urethral Syndrome (US)?
The term “urethra” refers to the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through your rectum. Your body produces a certain amount of mucus to keep it clean and healthy. When you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), bacteria or other germs grow inside these tubes, causing inflammation and blockage. If left untreated, UTIs can cause pain, burning sensations, fever, cramping and sometimes even blood in the urine.
How Common Is It?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website, about 1% of men are affected by urethritis. That means there could be millions of men with this condition worldwide. Some estimates say that up to 10 million Americans may suffer from some form of urinary tract infections each year.
Who Gets It?
Men over the age of 50 are most likely to develop UTIs. However, women can get them too. Women are much less likely than men to seek medical attention because they’re usually not aware that their bodies produce a certain type of mucus that causes UTIs. And when they do seek care, doctors often don’t know what’s wrong with them and prescribe antibiotics instead of treating the underlying problem.
How Is It Treated?
If you are experiencing the symptoms of a urinary infection, see your doctor immediately. A simple urine culture will confirm whether or not you have a urinary infection. Antibiotics will clear up the infection and your symptoms should then subside within a few days. The key to treating this condition is to catch it as soon as possible, as left untreated the infection can travel to the kidneys (which are just further down the ureters). This is a medical emergency because it can cause permanent damage and even death if not treated immediately.
What Are the Symptoms?
The most common symptom of a urinary infection is blood in the urine. Other symptoms can include: painful or difficult urination, an urge to urinate frequently (especially at night), a burning sensation when you urinate and abdominal pain. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
How Can I Prevent Urethral Syndrome?
There are several things you can do to lower your risk of developing a urinary infection, including:
Drinking plenty of fluids (at least 3 litres per day).
Not holding your urine for long periods of time.
Not using vaginal sprays, douches or scented tampons.
Not having recently taken antibiotics (as these can destroy the good bacteria in your body as well as the harmful ones).
Treating any sexual partners for the infection.
Urethral Syndrome Signs and symptoms
The main symptom of Urethral Syndrome is constant burning when you pee. Other symptoms can include a cloudy, bloody or foamy urine plus lower abdominal pain and pain during sexual arousal.
How Is Urethral Syndrome Diagnosed?
Your doctor will perform a physical exam then give you a urinalysis and possibly a urine culture to confirm the diagnosis.
How Is Urethral Syndrome Treated?
The main treatment for Urethral Syndrome is antibiotics, either taken by mouth or in a vaginal cream. Sometimes these don’t work and you may have to be given other types of drugs, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen.
More Help Online
There is a lot of information about Urethral Syndrome online, including information from medical sources and support groups. Of course details may vary but this should give you a good basic understanding of the condition.
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