Can Men Get a UTI?

11.28.2018

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While women are far more likely to experience a urinary tract infection (UTI), men are not immune from this problem. In fact, an estimated three percent of men get a UTI every year.

Most bacteria that enter your urinary tract are washed out when you urinate. If bacteria stays in your urinary tract, you may get a UTI – an infection of the bladder and urethra (the lower urinary tract) and sometimes the kidney and ureters (the upper urinary tract). UTIs are less common in men. This is because compared to a man, the urethra (the tube that drains urine from the bladder) is shorter in a woman and closer to the anus, and therefore more susceptible to bacterial infection.

While rare in men under 50, UTIs become more likely as men age. Risk of developing a UTI increases due to problems such as an enlarged prostate that prevents the bladder from emptying properly; kidney stones or other bladder or kidney problems that prevent proper urination; or a weak immune system. In some cases, a male UTI can occur for no apparent reason.

Know the Symptoms of a Male UTI

When a man does get a UTI, symptoms are not much different than those a woman would experience. Typical symptoms of UTI in men include:

  • Constant urge to urinate
  • Pain or burning when urinating
  • Pain or pressure in the lower abdomen
  • Cloudy, bloody or foul-smelling urine
  • Leaking urine
  • Fever

How UTIs Are Treated in Men

Though many UTIs are minor and resolve within a short time, it is appropriate to seek medical attention if you experience any of the above symptoms. Men and women receive the same treatment for a UTI, typically antibiotics to kill bacteria and stop symptoms. The vast majority of men improve within a few days of starting treatment.

Get UTI Diagnosis & Treatment at RediClinic

If you have the symptoms discussed previously, simply walk into RediClinic for immediate treatment recommendations with no appointment needed. The board-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants at RediClinic can diagnose a urinary tract infection using urinalysis, which detects bacteria and blood in the urine. RediClinic is open seven days a week with extended weekday hours.

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