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Nonspecific Urethritis in Men


Nonspecific urethritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the urethra. The urethra is the tube where urine passes from the bladder to the outside of the body. Men who have sex with men and those with multiple sexual partners are at a high risk of having this condition.

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  • Antibiotics: This medicine is used to treat an infection caused by bacteria. Take them as directed.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Manage your symptoms:

  • Heat: Sit in a warm bath for 15 minutes at least 2 times a day.
  • Do not use chemical irritants: This includes bath soaps, spermicides, or other products that may cause irritation.

Prevent nonspecific urethritis:

If your urethritis was caused by an infection, the following may help to prevent the spread:

  • Use condoms: Wear a condom during oral, vaginal, and anal sex. Ask for more information about the correct way to use condoms.
  • Do not have sex with someone who has urethritis: This includes oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
  • Do not have sex during treatment: Do not have sex while you or your partners are being treated. Ask when it is safe to have sex.
  • Report pregnancy: Tell your healthcare provider if your female partner is pregnant. You may have spread an infection to her, and she may pass it to her infant during birth.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You continue to have signs or symptoms after being treated for nonspecific urethritis.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have joint stiffness, muscle pain, or eye inflammation.
  • You have pain and swelling in your scrotum.
  • You have severe abdominal pain.
  • You have chest pain or trouble breathing.

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