Treatment for UTI in men
The following are the treatment options that are generally advised for the medical condition:
Treatment for bacterial infection in the lower urinary tract
Antibiotics may be prescribed based on the results of your urine test. Infections in the lower urinary tract that is uncomplicated is usually treated with antibiotics within 5 to 7 days.
After you complete this course of medication, your doctor is likely to advise you to get your urine sampled again to evaluate the extent of bacterial infection in the urinary tract. In case that this medical test still detects the presence of bacteria, your physician will most probably advise you to continue with the same medications for at least 3 weeks more. These medications might give your urine an orange or a red color.
Treatment for bacterial infection in the upper urinary tract
For severe cases of urinary tract infection of the kidneys, you may have to be hospitalized. The usual course of treatment is antibiotics administered in the veins through intravenous catheter. This treatment is especially applicable when symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and fever (with or without chills). These symptoms raise the risk of dehydration and discourage prescription of oral antibiotic drugs.
Prevention of UTI in men
Some of the most recommended precautionary measures for this medical condition are:
- There is no substitute for drinking water at regular intervals to control the risk of urinary tract infection. Consumption of water and other fluids even when you have bacterial infection in the urinary tract is highly recommended to flush out the bacteria. However, fluids do not refer to diuretics like tea and coffee, juices of citrus fruits, and alcohol.
- Make sure to urinate after sexual intercourse to flush out the bacteria that may have entered your urinary tract after being transmitted by your partner during sex.
- Empty your bladder as soon as you feel the urge. Not urinating when you need raises the risk of bacterial infections in the urinary tract. These can cause further irritation in the bladder and aggravate the medical condition. Constrict your bladder muscles and keep them squeezed for 5 seconds as you are making an effort to hold back from urinating. Next, relax the muscles for 5 seconds and repeat the same step for 10 seconds. Repeat this 15 times to complete one step. Do 3 sets of this or as many recommended by your doctor.
- Exercise your pelvic muscles to aid in the process of urination without pain or any other complications.
- Cranberry juice is believed to be effective in preventing this medical condition.
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