Bladder infection in men are usually not found below the age of 50. Most of these infections are caused by the internal bowl flora, which may be harmless to bowel but may cause infection in nearby organs. Most of the times, they make their passage through the ureters or urethra. In the elderly patients, with enlarged prostate, the bladder functioning may be compromised and may lead to bladder infections.
Causes of Bladder Infection in Men:
There may be many possible reasons for bladder infection:
- An enlarged prostate may interfere with the proper functioning of the bladder and may stop the bladder from emptying properly. This may cause urine leftover in the bladder eventually leading to multiplication of germs in the stagnated leftover urine. This may lead to bladder infection.
- Kidney problems like presence of kidney stones may lead to pooling of urine and hence facilitating bacteria multiplication and increased chances of infection.
- Having a urinary catheter: In most of the IPD patients, or patients who have undergone surgeries recently, may have a urinary catheter inserted to help in convenient removal of urine. Catheter is a thin, flexible, hollow tube, passing from the bladder to the outside and may be the hub for bacterial multiplication and cause of infection.
- Immuno-compromised patients like chemotherapy patients, AIDS patients have a compromised immune system and are at high risk for such infections.
Symptoms of Bladder Infection in Men:
These may vary depending on the severity of the infection but usually begin with changes that happen in urination.
Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Turbid/cloudy or urine with traces of blood
- Increased frequency of urination
- Foul-smelling urine
- Burning sensation while passing urine
- Pain in passing urine
- An urgency to pass urine, all the time
Bladder infections characteristically cause back pain as well along with the symptoms mentioned above. Unlike normal back pain, this is usually represented by pain on both sides of your back or the middle of your back. This condition is critical since it reflects that the infection has now been passed to the kidney, and may need immediate medical attention.
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