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URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS & PROSTATE INFECTIONS
UTIs are common infections that happen when bacteria, often from the skin or rectum, enter the urethra, and infect the urinary tract. The infections can affect several parts of the urinary tract, but the most common type is a bladder infection (cystitis). Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) is another type of UTI. In men, UTI usually presents as prostate infection or prostatitis.
Prostatitis is inflammation (swelling) of the prostate gland. It can be very painful and distressing, but will often get better eventually. The prostate is a small gland that lies between the penis and bladder. It produces fluid that's mixed with sperm to create semen. Prostatitis can come on at any age.
What are the signs of a urinary tract infection?
A UTI causes inflammation in the lining of your urinary tract. The inflammation may cause the following problems:
• Pain in your flank, abdomen, pelvic area or lower back.
• Pressure in the lower part of your pelvis.
• Cloudy, offensive smelling urine.
• Urinary incontinence.
• Frequent urination.
• Urge incontinence.
• Pain when you urinate
• Blood in your urine.
The mainstay of treatment of acute pyelonephritis is antibiotics, analgesics, and antipyretics. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work well to treat both pain and fever associated with acute pyelonephritis. In severe cases hospitalisation might be required.