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Urinary Tract infection isn’t just a female issue

Urinary Tract infection isn’t just a female issue

16th Aug 2021

There is no question that woman are more prone to UTIs than men, however often men do not realise that they are also susceptible.

UTIs in men, like women can affect men at any age and for many reasons.

Although they are usually caused by bacteria, they can be caused by viruses.

Viruses are not living organisms but bacteria are. Bacteria are a single cell organism that produce their own energy and can reproduce on their own whilst Viruses are only active within a host cell which they need, to be able to reproduce. Without a host, viruses are classed as being dormant.

The mode of infection is different between viruses and bacteria. Viruses will infect their host and then multiply then leave the host and infect other cells, causing a spread. A virus will/can then become systemic.

Bacteria, is usually confined to one part of our bodies and are identified as opportunistic and cause localised infection.

It is important to understand that there are two categories of UTIs, upper urinary tract infection, think ureters and Kidneys. Ureters are the tubes leading from the kidneys to the bladder.

Lower urinary tract infections occur in the bladder, prostate and urethra, which is the tube running from the bladder to the outside.

In younger men, the cause of UTIs are often due to Sexually transmitted diseases.

In older gentlemen, an enlarged prostate can be the cause. An infection of the prostate and also diabetes and other conditions that affect your immune system can make you more susceptible.

If you do experience any of the following, BioLife strongly suggest that you seek Medical assistance immediately.

  • Frequent need to go to the toilet
  • Feeling like you need to wee all the time
  • Pain or burning whilst going or immediately after
  • Pain or tenderness in your stomach
  • Wetting the bed
  • Smelly urine
  • Cloudy urine
  • Blood in your urine
  • A high temperature
  • Feeling sick(nausea)
  • Pain in your side or back