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Bladder infection in men

Medically reviewed on May 12, 2018

Although bladder infections are more common in women, men can get them, too. Signs and symptoms of bladder infection (cystitis) in men include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Strong, persistent urge to urinate (urgency)
  • Burning or tingling sensation during or just after urination (dysuria)
  • Low-grade fever
  • Cloudy urine with a strong odor
  • Blood in urine (hematuria)
  • Trouble urinating, especially if you have a problem with your prostate

Conditions that may be linked to an increased risk of bladder infection in men include:

  • An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH)
  • Kidney stones
  • Abnormal narrowing of the urethra (urethral stricture)
  • Having a recent urinary tract procedure involving instrumentation, such as insertion of a tube to drain your bladder (catheterization) or a small camera to examine your bladder and urethra (cystoscopy)

Treatment of a bladder infection depends on the cause, but typically includes antibiotics.

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