Urinary Incontinence in Men Can be Harbinger of Bladder Infection
While urinary incontinence in men is most commonly caused by an enlarged prostate gland, as a man ages, physiological changes in the body make the likelihood of a urinary tract infection, or UTI, more likely. As a matter of fact, this type of infection is the most common bacteria infection found in older adults. When bacteria starts growing in the urinary tract anywhere between the urethra and the kidneys, it can turn into a full blown UTI. When the bacteria invades the bladder it is called cystitis.
Symptoms of a UTI in men can be a combination or any of the following symptoms: fever, abdominal pain, incontinence, back or abdominal pain, or discomfort when urinating. As mentioned earlier the enlarging of the prostate gland that occurs as men age contributes to urinary incontinence in men, but it is also a contributing factor to bladder infections in men. Other causes include neurological disorders or diabetes. One of the more common causes of bladder infections in patients in the hospital, or elderly men in nursing homes, is catheterization. With an indwelling catheter, the likelihood of developing a UTI is greatly increased.
Typically a doctor will perform a urinalysis to diagnose a UTI; however, they may also opt to perform a blood test to look for bacteria in the blood. In is important to treat a UTI as quickly as possible to prevent scarring and chronic infection from developing. The treatment is most typically oral antibiotics. For more persistent problems the length of the antibiotic course is extended. In the event that the oral antibiotics do not obliterate the infection, then additional testing is required for further evaluation.
Especially when urinary incontinence in men is occurring, it is extremely important to maintain impeccable hygiene at all times to keep any additional bacteria from developing. For men that have a problem with recurring UTIs the doctor may frequently prescribe a low dose of oral antibiotics to be taken a couple of times per week to keep the UTI from getting its hooks into the patient again.
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