Urinary tract infections are not something that just females suffer with; men also get this type of infection, which is also known as a UTI (urinary tract infection). The urinary tract consists of the kidney, bladder, ureters, and urethra.
Often the infection that causes it clears up without any further problems. If methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) causes the bacteria, specialized treatment will be necessary.
When antibiotics are used, yeast infections may follow because the good bacteria are destroyed with the bad. A pro-biotic can prevent this from occurring.
Bacterial Urinary Tract Infections in Men and Women
Women get urinary tract infections more often than men and both will have similar symptoms. The bacterium that commonly causes this infection is e-coli, but it can also be caused by Staphylococcus aureus. When bacteria don’t respond to common antibiotics it will be referred to as a MRSA UTI. This is uncommon in the general population, but people with catheters, urinary related surgery, in nursing care facilities, or have MRSA risk factors may be more likely to have a methicillin-resistant infection. Men with prostate problems are more likely to have a urinary tract infection because they are unable to empty their bladder completely.
Symptoms of a urinary infection include the following:
- Frequent urination
- Pain during urination
- Blood in urine
- Burning urination
- Abdominal pain
- Urgency to urinate
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Flu like symptoms
- Back ache
When the symptoms become rapidly worse, don’t respond to antibiotics, or there are additional symptoms, the urine may be tested for the presence of MRSA (MRSA in Urine).
Preventing and Avoiding a UTI
The first line of defense against a urinary tract infection or any other type of infection is to have a strong immune system and the second is good hygiene using soap and water. Other ways to prevent getting a UTI include the following:
- Avoid holding urine
- Wipe from front to back
- Empty bladder before and after intercourse
- Keep catheters sanitized
- Change adult diapers promptly
- Drink plenty of water
- Wear loose breathable undergarments
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Men who are prone cystitis (UTI) should wear a condom to prevent contact with bacteria that can cause an infection. Women should avoid using sprays and similar feminine hygiene products and take showers instead of baths. When precautions aren’t taken or are not effective, an infection can result. A healthcare professional will test the urine for the presence of bacteria and if there are bacteria present, will treat the infection, which is commonly done with antibiotics.
Complications of Urinary Tract Infections in Men and Women
An untreated UTI can allow the bacteria to spread and even enter the blood stream, which can become life threatening especially if the bacteria are resistant to common antibiotics. Kidney damage can occur with severe infections. A fever with nausea, vomiting, and frequent urination can quickly cause dehydration. Prompt treatment can prevent complications.
With treatment, symptoms of a bladder infection will be gone within 1-2 day. A kidney infection can take up to a week for symptoms to disappear. It can take longer if it is caused by a MRSA infection.