Can men get a UTI? Yes, but the symptoms can vary. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection are usually burning when urinating, increased frequency of urination, urgency, and incontinence. Men can also develop fever or chills if urine cultures show that they have an infection. The infection can also cause kidney failure. Fortunately, there are some treatment options for a UTI.
Treatment for a UTI typically involves a course of antibiotics. The antibiotics may include Macrobid (nitrofurantoin), Monurol (fosfomycin), or Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Some males require hospitalization if the infection is severe. However, men with a more serious infection may require intravenous antibiotics.
If you suspect that you may have a UTI, a medical professional will examine you and suggest treatment. Probiotics, a burst of good bacteria, will strengthen your body’s immune system and reduce the amount of bad bacteria in the urinary tract. Probiotics also help reinforce the balance of good bacteria in the anus and urethra. In essence, they act like a “gut check.”
Some of the causes of a urinary tract infection are sexually transmitted diseases. Stones can also get lodged in the urinary tract and block the flow of urine, causing infection. Other causes include catheter use, enlarged prostate, and urethral stricture. Some medical conditions can also increase your risk of a urinary tract infection, including diabetes and high blood pressure. In men, a UTI is not as common as it is in women.