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Urinary tract infections (UTI) can occur when there is excessive overgrowth of bacteria in the urine. These bacteria attach to the tissues of the urinary tract and cause infections, giving rise to symptoms such as painful urination, fever, nausea, or vomiting. UTIs can either be uncomplicated (UTI in an otherwise healthy person) or complicated (those with urinary tract abnormalities, urinary obstruction, or a weakened immune function).7 UTI is more common in females because the male urinary tract has many natural defenses to infection. UTI in males is considered complicated as it requires more aggressive therapy and assessment of underlying cause.8

Young, healthy, sexually active men (15-40 years old) with no clinical or historical evidence of a structural or functional urologic abnormality having a first episode of symptomatic lower urinary tract infection are considered to have uncomplicated UTI.9

 

UTI risk factors in men:10

  • An enlarged prostate gland
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • Bladder catheter insertion
  • Any health condition that affects the immune system

UTI symptoms in men: 10

  • Constant urge to urinate
  • Releasing only small amounts of urine at a time
  • Bloody, cloudy, or bad-smelling urine
  • Abdominal or lower back pain
  • Burning pain during urination

 

Note: Fluid seeping from the penis is a specific symptom to men.10

Any man who experiences any of these symptoms should consult their physicians for proper diagnosis and treatment.

  1. Brusch, JL. Urinary Tract Infection in Males. Medscape. Accessed from: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/231574-overview
  2. Philippine Practice Guidelines Group in Infectious Diseases-Task Force on Urinary Tract Infections, CPM 8th edition, p.148 Accessed from: http://www.thefilipinodoctor.com/cpm_pdf/CPM8th%20UTI.pdf
  3. Rodriguez, D. Urinary Tract Infections in Men: The Basics Accessed from: http://www.everydayhealth.com/urinary-tract-infections/can-men-get-urinary-tract-infections.aspx

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