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Urinary Tract Infection in Men

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 6, 2022.

What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)?

A UTI is caused by bacteria that get inside your urinary tract. Your urinary tract includes your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. A UTI is more common in your lower urinary tract, which includes your bladder and urethra.


What increases my risk for a UTI?

  • A urinary catheter or self-catheterization
  • Incontinence (not able to control when you urinate)
  • Urinary tract problems, such as narrowing, kidney stones, or not being able to empty your bladder completely
  • Not being circumcised
  • Past UTI or urinary tract surgery
  • Older age
  • Obesity or diabetes

What are the signs and symptoms of a UTI?

  • Urinating more often than usual, leaking urine, or waking from sleep to urinate
  • Pain or burning when you urinate
  • Pain or pressure in your lower abdomen or back
  • Urine that smells bad
  • Blood in your urine

How is a UTI diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your signs and symptoms. Your provider may press on your abdomen, sides, and back to check if you feel pain. You may need any of the following:

  • Urinalysis will show infection and your overall health.
  • Urine cultures may show which germ is causing your infection.

How is a UTI treated?

  • Antibiotics treat a bacterial infection.
  • Medicines may be given to decrease pain and burning when you urinate. They will also help decrease the feeling that you need to urinate often. These medicines may make your urine orange or red.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to prevent a UTI?

  • Empty your bladder often. Urinate and empty your bladder as soon as you feel the need. Do not hold your urine for long periods of time.
  • Drink liquids as directed. Ask how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you. You may need to drink more liquids than usual to help flush out the bacteria. Do not drink alcohol, caffeine, or citrus juices. These can irritate your bladder and increase your symptoms. Your healthcare provider may recommend cranberry juice to help prevent a UTI.
  • Urinate after you have sex. This can help flush out bacteria passed during sex.
  • Do pelvic muscle exercises often. Pelvic muscle exercises may help you start and stop urinating. Strong pelvic muscles may help you empty your bladder easier. Squeeze these muscles tightly for 5 seconds like you are trying to hold back urine. Then relax for 5 seconds. Gradually work up to squeezing for 10 seconds. Do 3 sets of 15 repetitions a day, or as directed.

When should I seek immediate care?

  • You are urinating very little or not at all.
  • You have a high fever with shaking chills.
  • You have side or back pain that gets worse.

When should I call my doctor?

  • You have a fever.
  • You do not feel better after 2 days of taking antibiotics.
  • You are vomiting.
  • You have new symptoms, such as blood or pus in your urine.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

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