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Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections

Diagnosing UTI in Men


Updated July 14, 2014

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Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infection in Men

Although some men who have a UTI do not have any symptoms, most men will experience some or all of the following symptoms:
  • Frequent urge to urinate but the amount of urine passed is often small
  • Painful, burning feeling in the area of the bladder or urethra during urination
  • Fatigue
  • Fever (this often means that the infection has moved into the kidney)
  • Cloudy or milky urine. Blood may also be present, in which case the color will be reddish
  • Offensive-smelling urine
  • Nausea and even vomiting may occur in kidney infections
  • Back pain

Diagnosis of UTI

Your doctor will ask you for a urine sample and will send it to be tested for bacteria. Further tests, such as an intravenous pyelogram (IVP), ultrasound, or cystoscopy may be required to detect the cause of urinary infections especially if they recur or do not respond to the medication your doctor orders.

Treating a Urinary Tract Infection

Antibiotics are typically prescribed to kill the bacteria that is causing the infection. It's important to take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor, even if your symptoms appear to clear up before you're finished.

Medically reviewed on 3/16/2012

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