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If you thought urinary tract infections occur only in women, you are WRONG because it can affect men too! Dr Hemendra Shah, Urologist at Fortis S.L Raheja Hospital, Mahim lists few common signs and symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in men.
Frequent urination: Just like in women, urinary tract infection in men is characterised by frequent urination. If you are urinating more often than usual, suffer from leaky urine or wake up frequently in the middle of the night to urinate, you might be suffering from UTI.
Changes in Urinary Function: Change in the amount and frequency of the urine you pass is the first symptom of kidney disease. Other changes may include urge to urinate more often but having difficulty urinating, darker urine, foamy or bubbly urine, blood in urine, pain or a burning sensation during urination.
Abdominal pain: UTI in men is also characterised by pain or pressure in the lower abdomen due to the infection. If the infection has spread to the kidneys, then you might experience pain in the pelvic region or in your back.
Urine smells bad: If you suffer from urinary tract infection and the bacteria stays in your urinary tract for a long time, there are chances that the urine might smell bad due to the bacteria. Also, people with diabetes have weak bladders that do not empty urine properly. Due to this, the urine remains in the bladder further increasing the risk of infection.
Changes in the urine colour: During UTI, the urine appears to be cloudy or as brown ejection. This is because the immune system tries fighting against the infection and pus is produced in the body. In some cases, even blood in urine could be a sign of UTI.