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Enlarged Prostate Is Leading Cause of UTI in Men

By    |   Thursday, 03 March 2016 04:17 PM

Urinary tract infections (UTI) are uncommon in young men, but there is a link between enlarged prostate and UTI in men as they age.

Pain or discomfort when urinating is a common symptom of urinary tract infections, according to the Prostate Cancer Institute. Most cases of UTI occur in women, but men can experience it as well, particularly over the age of 50. In these cases, enlarged prostate, or benign prostatic hyperplasia, is a common underlying cause.

Because the prostate gland sits just below the bladder, as it swells, it can put pressure on the tube that drains urine from the bladder. This pressure can block the flow of urine and prevent the bladder from emptying completely. According to Healthline, straining to empty the bladder and urine that stays in the bladder too long increase the risk of developing a UTI. Excess urine in the bladder creates an ideal environment for the UTI bacteria to grow and thrive.

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According to the Prostate Cancer Institute, some of the symptoms of UTI and enlarged prostate are the same:
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Intense urge to urinate
  • Discomfort when urinating
  • Foul-smelling or cloudy urine
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Pain in the back or sides
  • Fever
  • Pain or pressure in the area of the bladder

The last four symptoms on the list could indicate that the infection is located or has spread to the upper urinary tract.

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UTI is usually treated with a course of antibiotics which will kill the bacteria and alleviate the symptoms, said Everyday Health. They also explain that there are steps men can take to reduce the risk of getting a UTI such as drinking plenty of water every day, urinating frequently and immediately when needed, wearing condoms during sex, and keeping genitals very clean.

Because of the link between enlarged prostate and UTI, it is important to seek the advice of a physician if the UTI persists. Treatment for enlarged prostate may help prevent the recurrence of UTI, but Mayo Clinic said that if UTIs happen frequently, part of the prostate gland may need to be surgically removed.

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