The duct which urine and semen passes through is called the urethra. Urethritis, an inflammation of this duct, is often caused by sexually transmitted diseases. The cause can also be prolonged use of a catheter or irritation from soaps and bath oils. For diagnosis, a physical examination and medical history will be conducted. A culture of urethral discharge and urine will also be taken.
SYMPTOMS OF URETHRITIS
- burning pain when urinating or ejaculating
- frequent need to urinate
- discharge from the tip of the penis
Call your doctor if you have any of these symptoms.
HOW TO PREVENT URETHRITIS
- Use a condom during sexual intercourse.
- Use mild, unscented soaps when bathing.
- Take showers instead of baths.
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water each day.
- Avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol they can irritate the bladder.
TREATMENT FOR URETHRITIS
Antibiotics can be prescribed to treat the bacterial infection. The effectiveness of the antibiotics can be enhanced by drinking cranberry juice. Analgesics can be taken to relieve the pain. If a sexually transmitted disease is the cause, both partners will need to be treated to prevent re-infection.