What are the symptoms of bladder infection in men?
Answer From Patricio C. Gargollo, M.D.
Although bladder infections are more common in women, men can get them, too. Signs and symptoms of bladder infection (cystitis) in men include:
- Frequent urination
- Strong, persistent urge to urinate (urgency)
- Burning or tingling sensation during or just after urination (dysuria)
- Low-grade fever
- Cloudy urine with a strong odor
- Blood in urine (hematuria)
- Trouble urinating, especially if you have a problem with your prostate
Increased risk of bladder infection in men may be linked to:
- An enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH)
- Kidney stones
- Abnormal narrowing of the urethra (urethral stricture)
- Recent use of a tube to drain your bladder (urinary catheter)
- Having a procedure done where an instrument is inserted into the urethra, the opening at the tip of the penis where urine leaves the body
Treatment of a bladder infection depends on the cause, but typically includes antibiotics.
Patricio C. Gargollo, M.D.
July 10, 2020
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