Bladder infection in men

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
  • Diabetes
  • 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.

Last Updated Jul 10, 2020


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