Home treatment for urethritis: Urethritis in Men Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, Itching & Home Remedies
Urethritis + 5 Natural Ways to Relieve Urethritis Symptoms
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By Katherine Brind’Amour, PhD, MS
July 29, 2018
Urethritis is inflammation of the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. It can be caused by infections, trauma or chemical irritants.
Most cases of urethritis require medication to heal and avoid long-term complications. However, you can also try some natural approaches to relieve symptoms at home.
What Is Urethritis?
Urethritis is inflammation of the urethra. The urethra is the tube you pee through — it carries urine out of the body. There are several possible causes of urethritis.
Sexually transmitted infections are the most common cause of urethritis. These cases are usually broken into two main types:
- Gonococcal urethritis — This is caused by the gonorrhea bacteria and makes up about 20 percent of infectious cases.
- Nongonoccocal urethritis — This is caused by bacteria other than gonorrhea but is still infectious. It causes about 80 percent of cases.
Cases caused by something other than bacteria or viruses are noninfectious urethritis. They are rare but can happen after injury or irritation to the urethra. This can be caused by urinary catheters, spermicide, antiseptic or other chemicals.
Urethritis is very common. About 4 million Americans are affected each year, and worldwide more than 150 million cases are reported per year. The problem is believed to be significantly underreported as well. (1)
Urethritis itself is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, but it can be spread by sexual contact if the infection causing it (such as gonorrhea or chlamydia) is spread.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of urethritis are different for men and women. The most common symptom for both is pain while peeing and feeling an increased urge to pee. However, some people have no symptoms at all. It is most common in women. This is called asymptomatic urethritis. Still others have symptoms that are actually caused by a different condition, such as a urinary tract infection, urethral diverticulum, urethral prolapse or urethral caruncle.
Urethritis in men may cause symptoms that include: (2)
Urethritis symptoms in women include: (2, 3)
- Burning or pain while peeing
- Frequent or urgent need to pee
- Peeing only small amounts at a time
- Cloudy or foul-smelling pee
- Pain in the lower belly area
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during sex
- Vaginal discharge
- Fever and chills
Causes and Risk Factors
There are several main causes of urethritis. The most common is a bacterial infection. In some cases, the cause is not known. These cases may be considered urethral syndrome instead of urethritis. The general list of possible urethritis causes includes: (2, 4)
- Bacteria such as E. coli and the strains that cause chlamydia and gonorrhea
- Parasites such as those that cause trichomoniasis
- Viruses such as herpes simplex virus, human papillomavirus (HPV) and cytomegalovirus
- Trauma to the urethra, from a catheter or injury
- Irritation from chemicals found in spermicide, contraceptive jelly or foam, soaps or other topical products
It is not unusual for urethritis to be caused by more than one problem (for example, multiple bacteria strains) at once, especially in women. There are also cases of urethritis with unknown cause.
Risk factors for urethritis include: (2)
- Being female
- Being a male age 20 to 35
- Sexual activity that puts you at increased risk of a sexually transmitted infection. These include:
- Having numerous sexual partners
- Having sex without a condom
- A history of sexually transmitted disease
Diagnosis of urethritis involves a physical exam to check for pain, swelling, discharge or tenderness. The health care provider may also order blood or urine tests to check for bacteria, viruses and other problems. You may be tested for HIV and syphilis. In women, a pregnancy test or pelvic ultrasound may also be done. Once the cause of inflammation is known, conventional treatment will be determined. Treatment varies by the cause of the condition and typically includes the following: (2, 4, 5, 6)
- For bacterial urethritis: You can expect a prescription for antibiotics and possibly a pain reliever. This helps ease pain, fight the infection and reduce your risk of passing the infection along to others.
- These antibiotics include azithromycin, doxycycline, levofloxacin, ofloxacin and erythromycin. Most of these are seven-day courses of treatment, but azithromycin is a single dose.
- If you have infectious urethritis, your partner should go in for testing and treatment as well.
- While you are being treated, and for at least one week after, you should avoid sex or use condoms to avoid passing the infection to others.
- Always take the full course of antibiotics, even if you start to feel better after a few days.
- If your infection doesn’t clear up after taking antibiotics, you may be prescribed different antibiotics. Alternatively, the health care provider may search for other causes, such as a virus, trauma or topical problem.
- For viral urethritis: If there is an antiviral medication available to fight the type of virus you have, you may receive it. For example, acyclovir treats herpes simplex. Because test results take some time to come back, you may be prescribed antibiotics to take until the true cause is known.
- For temporary or mild urethritis caused by spermicide, soap, etc.: No treatment may be needed as symptoms may go away on their own, particularly once you stop using the product. However, if the pain or symptoms continue more than a day or two, or if they are joined by symptoms such as a fever or pain in the belly or back, nausea, or vomiting, seek care immediately.
- You may be advised to stop using spermicides or other topical contraceptives.
- It may be suggested that you avoid or limit vigorous sexual activity.
- You may be told to increase the amount of water you drink.
- If you use scented body products or soaps, you may be advised to switch to gentle, unscented products.
- For urethritis caused by injury or trauma: Depending on the cause of injury, you may require antibiotics to prevent or treat infection. If you have an item lodged in your penis, you may need both medication and professional medical assistance in removing it. In some cases, a health care professional may decide you do not need treatment for infection and may be able to wait for the inflammation to go away on its own.
Your doctor may also recommend prescription medication to ease burning and pain, or an over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory. In most cases, urethritis can be cured by treating the underlying condition. However, sometimes symptoms last more than a few weeks or come and go. Urethritis that lasts six weeks or more is called chronic urethritis.
Untreated urethritis can lead to infections in other organs, with serious complications. Once it spreads, infection can be much harder to treat and symptoms may be much more painful or severe. Urethritis can also cause scarring in the urethra (called urethral stricture) or pelvis (causing pelvic inflammatory disease), which can lead to fertility problems. If the infection spreads to the blood and causes sepsis, it can be deadly. If your case is caused by a sexually transmitted infection, you are also at greater risk for urethral cancer.
How to Manage Symptoms
In addition to following a health care professional’s advice for your urethritis treatment, you may wish to consider these natural options for symptom management: (7)
1. Drink lots of water
A publication by American Family Physician recommends that people with urethritis should drink plenty of water during and after treatment. (8) Drinking a generous amount of water each day helps flush bacteria out of the urethra, reduces the concentration of bacteria in the bladder and urine, and can reduce your chances of future infections. This is particularly important for women, who have a shorter urethra than men. (9)
The standard recommendation of about eight glasses of water per day is usually enough. Another option for calculating your minimum need is drinking a quart for every 50 pounds of body weight. You may need to drink more in hot weather or if you exercise. Spread your drinking out during the day, with the goal of urinating about once every 90 minutes. This means you’re regularly emptying your bladder and flushing out the urethra. (10)
2. Take care with hygiene
Some cases of urethritis are caused by bacteria from the anus, such as E. coli, getting into the urethra. Although most cases of urethritis don’t result from poor hygiene, taking good care of your genitals can help relieve symptoms in some cases and can help prevent future infections. These tips may help: (7, 11)
- Wash your genital area daily with water and mild, fragrance-free soap. Gently pat the area dry.
- In general, avoid scented body wash, soap, lotion and other products you apply on or near your genitals.
- Wipe from front to back to avoid moving stool into the urethra.
- Take showers instead of baths. If you do bathe, don’t add bubble bath, salts, shampoos, soaps or other things into the water.
- Don’t hold back when you feel you have to pee. Keeping urine in the bladder and urethra allows bacteria to accumulate.
- Don’t use genital deodorants, sprays or scented pads or underwear.
- Do not douche.
- Wear loose clothing and cotton underwear.
3. Adjust your sexual activity
The majority of cases of urethritis result from sexually transmitted infections and can be passed along to other people. Adjusting your sexual habits may help relieve symptoms and can also keep you from spreading the infection. Consider these recommendations: (7)
- Avoid sex while you have symptoms, during treatment and for a full seven days after you finish treatment. If you still have symptoms one week after completing treatment, call a health care professional and continue to avoid sex.
- If you do have sex, use a condom to avoid passing the infection to your partner.
- Use water-soluble lubricant without fragrances or dyes.
- Avoid spermicides, contraceptive jellies or foams, particularly if they have fragrances or chemicals that caused the irritation.
- Avoid trauma to the urethra by reducing or not taking part in vigorous sexual activity.
You can also reduce your chances of getting urethritis again by following these tips for safer sex: (4, 8)
- Get tested frequently for sexually transmitted infections if you have multiple partners.
- Limit your number of partners.
- Do not trade sex for money or drugs.
- Use a condom if you are not in a monogamous relationship with someone who is also infection-free.
- Do not have sex after drinking alcohol or using drugs.
- Go pee after having sex.
4. Tweak your diet
The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests that even though dietary changes aren’t confirmed as impacting urethritis, they may help some people. There is also evidence that diet impacts people with similar conditions affecting the urinary tract, such as interstitial cystitis. You can try adjusting what you eat and drink to see if it eases the pain in your urethra. Options include: (7, 12)
- Avoiding carbonated beverages, tea, fruit juice, alcohol and caffeine
- Limiting high-acid foods and drinks, including cranberry juice, tomato products, lemon juice and other citrus drinks
- Avoiding spicy foods, horseradish, vinegar, chili and peppers
- Eliminate artificial sweeteners and chocolate from your diet
- Limit highly spiced foods, such as Mexican, Thai and Indian cuisine
- Emphasize more water, milk, low-acid fruits (bananas, pears, honeydew, watermelon) and vegetables (cruciferous veggies, mushrooms, peas, squash and potatoes), meat, poultry and seafood, oats and rice, and snacks such as pretzels and popcorn
You can also try tracking your diet and symptoms to note if your urethritis gets worse after eating or drinking certain things. If you have had gut trouble from taking antibiotics in the past or if you are worried about overall bacterial balance, ask your health care provider about adding yogurt or a probiotic to your diet as well.
5. Consider herbal remedies
Natural remedies have long been used to treat irritation and infection in the urinary tract. Since most cases of urethritis are caused by sexually transmitted infections, you should see a health care provider for evaluation and medication if needed. If you are interested in trying herbal remedies or supplements to see if they help your symptoms, discuss them with your health care provider first. Some herbs and supplements can interact with medications or cause health problems in some people.
The following natural remedies have been used to ease urinary inflammation and infection-related symptoms:
- Cranberry. Although juice is now typically not considered helpful, standardized cranberry capsules have a high concentration of proanthocyanidins (PACs), which may help your body ease infection risk. (4)
- Agathosma betulina leaves (Buchu) or Arctostaphylos uva-ursi leaves (Bearberry). Both of these are reportedly effective for fighting infection in the urinary system. “The Complete Medicinal Herbal: A Practical Guide to the Healing Properties of Herbs” recommends combining Buchu with couchgrass and yarrow for infusions or capsules. It also recommends adding corn silk to the concoction to ease burning. (13)
- Althaea officinalis leaves (marshmallow) has also been recommended for its use with urethritis. It is used in infusions and tinctures and can be combined with yarrow and buchu. (13)
- Whole-root, hot water extract preparations of Uvaria afzalii and Anthocliesta djalonensis were tested in the lab against non-gonococcal urethritis and found to be effective at killing many strains of bacteria known to cause the condition. (14)
- Hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal), Echineceae purpura (echinacea) and Equisetum arvense (horsetail) may also be useful. Some natural medicine research and traditional medical practice has found these and most of the herbs listed above to be at least somewhat effective at reducing inflammation, fighting infection, boosting the immune system or helping the body flush bacteria from the urinary system. (15)
- The vast majority of urethritis cases require antibiotic treatment. Do not attempt to self-treat urethritis unless a trained health care professional has told you it is safe to do so.
- If you are prescribed antibiotics, take the entire course prescribed to you.
- In some cases, symptoms remain after treatment. If you do not feel better within one week of completing treatment, contact your health care provider again for follow-up.
- If you develop a fever, nausea or vomiting, pain in your pelvis or belly, or any serious change in symptoms, seek emergency care immediately. These may indicate the infection has spread to other parts of your body.
- If you suspect you have urethritis, do not delay seeking care. Untreated urethritis can cause fertility problems and/or allow the spread of infection to other people or to other parts of your body, which can be deadly.
- Do not add herbs or supplements to your regimen without first consulting a health care professional. Many herbs and supplements can interact with medications and body processes. This can change how well your prescribed medications work and result in dangerous health side effects.
- If your case of urethritis is caused by a sexually transmitted infection, such as gonorrhea or chlamydia, the diagnosis will be tracked by public health departments and you will be asked to provide the names or contact information for all of your recent sexual partners. Providing this information honestly and accurately is critical to protecting the health of these people.
- Urethritis is inflammation of the tube that carries pee out of the body (the urethra). It is a very common infection.
- Most cases of urethritis are caused by sexually transmitted infections, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes and others.
- Conventional treatment for urethritis usually involves a course of antibiotics. If they are ineffective, urethritis treatment without antibiotics may include antivirals, changes to hygiene or sexual practices, or over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medicines.
- If you are interested in a urethritis home remedy, be sure to consult a health care professional first. Left untreated, urethritis can cause complications that can lead to fertility problems or serious infections, which can be deadly.
- With treatment, urethritis symptoms usually disappear in a week or two. However, during treatment and for a full week afterward, you should avoid having unprotected sex. Any recent sexual partners should also be tested if your case is caused by a sexually transmitted infection.
5 Natural Strategies That May Help Relieve Urethritis Symptoms
- Drinking lots of water
- Taking good care with hygiene
- Adjusting your sexual activity
- Tweaking your diet
- Considering specific herbal remedies
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Homeopathic Treatment of Urethritis – Rockwood Natural Medicine Clinic
Thomas A. Kruzel, N. D.
Urethritis or inflammation of the urethra (the tube leading from the bladder to the outside of the body) is a very common condition. Physicians treat more than three million cases each year, typically with antibiotics. While antibiotics are often successful in eliminating symptoms, the patient is frequently left with a disruption of the intestinal flora leading to digestive disturbances, a susceptibility to repeated infections, or an infection that is driven into deeper organs of the body such as prostate and kidneys.
Prior to the advent of antibiotics, treatment of urethritis was undertaken with herbal and homeopathic medicines with great success. In my practice, I have successfully treated many cases of urethritis using only homeopathic medicine or in combination with herbal medicines and have found them to be an excellent treatment option.
Although allergies or hormonal changes can cause urethritis, in the vast majority of cases, it is sexually acquired. The incidence is higher in younger and more sexually active males. Men and women may also harbor an infection for years passing it back and forth with their partners without being aware they have an infection.
Common symptoms of urethritis in men and women typically include two or more of the following:
- An increase in the urgency to urinate
- Burning felt in the urethra
- A discharge, which may only be seen in the morning when first emptying the bladder, or as a discharge on bedclothes or underwear.
The urethra provides a conduit for the elimination of urine from the bladder and also plays a role in protecting the rest of the urinary system from infection. Differences in anatomy and physiology between men and women contribute to differences in the types of symptoms seen with inflammation.
The male urethra is approximately 15 to 20 centimeters long, originating in the urinary bladder and ending at the meatal opening of the penis. It can be broken down into 3 distinct parts, the prostatic urethra, membranous urethra and spongy urethra. Each has its own characteristics, and from a symptom standpoint, knowledge of each region’s function can help lead the physician to the source of the problem. These areas are also noted in the homeopathic repertory as bladder neck, fossa navicularis, and urethral meatus respectively. In addition, the types of pain and discharge experienced can often help the clinician pinpoint the site and degree of inflammation. While in conventional medicine this isn’t as important, to the homeopathic clinician, their notation can often help with remedy selection.
In men, part of the urethra runs through the prostate gland and with inflammation, it may be difficult to distinguish between urethritis and prostatitis. Therefore, many physicians will perform a 3-glass urinalysis to determine the location of the infection. This type of procedure requires that the patient collect 3 different urine samples before and after prostatic massage that are analyzed for mucus, RBC’s and WBC’S.
The female urethra is a shorter muscular tube 2 to 6 centimeters in length and lined by a mucus membrane. The mucus membranes size changes during a woman’s monthly cycle as it is affected by estrogen-progesterone fluctuations. Men do not experience this and thus their urethral mucosa is much thinner. Consequently, men are more susceptible to infections and know much sooner when they have an inflammation of the urethra than women do. Women may have a low-level urethritis and not be fully aware of it or think that they have a bladder infection or are just suffering from urge incontinence. Women present more often with chronic urethritis while in men chronic prostatitis is commonly seen. The shorter urethra in women also makes them much more susceptible to bladder infections.
A condition termed senile urethritis, due to hypoestrogenism during menopause, results in a dry and pale urethral mucosa. This may result in vaginal itching and irritation, frequency, burning with urination and a sense of urgency. Stress incontinence is a common finding with senile urethritis.
Individual susceptibility and causative agents
While urethritis is almost always acquired from intercourse, not every person exposed to organisms such as Neisseria gonorrhea or Chlamydia trachomatis will contact the disease. It depends upon the individual’s susceptibility. Both the male and female genital-urinary system possesses defense mechanisms designed to fend off infection. In women it is the secretion of the periurethral glands of Skene and monthly menstrual cycles that allow for a cleaning and protecting of the urethra and bladder. In men it is the prostate gland which acts as the first line of defense against genital-urinary tract infection. In conjunction with the bulbourethral glands, the prostate secretes a thin milky substance, high in Vitamin C and zinc, prior to and following ejaculation to clean the male urethra.
There are about 1 million new cases of gonococcal urethritis (GU) (i.e. caused by gonorrhea) and 2 million cases of non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU) every year. The discharges of each type are fairly characteristic of the respective infections. Careful observation of the discharge coupled with subjective symptoms can lead the clinician to the correct homeopathic medicine. Because of the considerable variation in the type of discharge seen with NGU or non-specific urethritis, the clinician or patient can often miss them. They are usually of a clear to whitish mucus discharge and will be present in varying amounts depending upon the time of day and severity of the infection. Symptoms of gonococcal urethritis in men are usually much more noticeable and present as a purulent yellow to greenish discharge and can be very painful. The severity of symptoms may range from severe to mild to totally asymptomatic. Here, too, the severity of the symptoms are more a function of the individual’s susceptibility, constitutional and miasmic make ups that predispose them to developing the disease. Symptom severity, past medical history and concomitant mental-emotional symptoms can help the clinician determine the probable miasm which helps with remedy selection.
Non-gonococcal organisms/contributing factors to NGU are:
Chlamydia trachomatis, which is difficult to eradicate with antibiotics. In general, if gonorrhea is present, so is Chlamydia about 80% of the time.
Ureaplasma urealyticum, becomes a problem in persons with lowered immune function.
Trichomonas vaginalis, is not as often seen in males as females.
Herpes simplex, is a rare etiologic agent for urethritis and external lesions must be present for a diagnosis.
Eschericia coli, is more often seen in women than men but increases in prevalence in older men with enlarged prostates, urinary and fecal incontinence.
Yeast, which can be difficult to diagnose but are more prevalent than most people think.
Unknown etiology, is a category now recognized as a contributing factor to NGU about 20% of the time. Allergens from specific foods or environmental exposure are the typical causes.
Complications from untreated infections can range from very few to further infection of the genito-urinary tract such as epididymitis, orchitis (inflammation of the testis), disseminated gonococcal infection, periuretheral abscess, prostatitis, stricture (narrowing of the urethra), and lymphangitis (inflammation of the lymph glands) in men. Salpingitis (inflammation of the fallopian tubes), cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix), vaginitis or ovaritis is seen in women. Both sexes can become permanently sterile from chronic or repeated infections.
Most patients receive one or several courses of antibiotics. Even if the correct antibiotic is prescribed, and the “organism” is eradicated, however, the body’s healing process is often disrupted so that the infection either reoccurs, or goes deeper into the body, with patients developing chronic urethritis, cervicitis or prostatitis. Homeopaths view this driving of the illness into deeper areas of the body as “suppression” of an illness.
Homeopaths often see these patients many years after the initial infection, when they come in for treatment of chronic disease. Patients frequently report that they have never been well since the original urethritis and antibiotic treatment. In my experience, careful homeopathic treatment is very effective in treating these patients and can fully eradicate the disease. As homeopathic treatment progresses, the patients will typically re-experience some of their disease symptoms, according to Herring’s Law of Cure. As every disease has a beginning, middle, end and recovery period, so healing will occur in a reverse process, according to the Law of Cure. Homeopathic medicine allows for this process to complete itself and is the reason why it is so effective in treating chronic disease.
The following case illustrates how homeopathic medicine can clear the disease after repeated antibiotics did not.
Case I. 10/15/98
A 24-year-old male presents complaining of a persistent urethral discharge which is < in the morning. The opening to the urethra is stuck shut and is dislodged with urination. He awakes with some of the discharge on his shorts. He experiences a spasmodic feeling in the urethra with first urinating in the AM but not at other times (2). The discharge is white, thick and there is no burning or discomfort. Occasionally the discharge is more fluid. There is no perineal, hip or inguinal pain. His sexual function is fine except that he is abstaining until this clears. Three regimens of antibiotics have not cleared the condition. He denies any history of venereal disease except that he has herpes. There is no eruption at this time. Social history and mental-emotional symptoms are unremarkable except that he has a very high libido, frequent erections, and uses marijuana daily.
Upon external examination there was no swelling or discharge noted. The prostate gland was of normal size and consistency and the urethral meatus showed no lesions or inflammation.
A 3-glass urinalysis was performed. Microscopic exam of the first 10 cc’s showed 100 to 150 WBC’s per hpf, mucus 1+ to 2+, a few RBC’s are present and no bacteria were found. The second void of 50 cc’s showed negative findings for urine chemistry and the microscopic exam was unremarkable. The third void following prostatic massage was negative.
Based upon the findings of considerable pus in the first void but not following prostate massage, a diagnosis of urethritis, probable non-gonococcal was made.
Plan: Remedy 30C BID
A supportive botanical medicine was also prescribed. This included Serenoa repens (Saw Palmetto), Uva ursi (Bearberry) and Piper methysticum (Kava Kava), all known to help soothe the urinary tract.
Follow up 10 days later
The patient reported that his symptoms cleared quickly within 24 hours. There had been no spasm with urinating in the morning and he has had no discharge for the past 8 days. He feels better mentally-emotionally as well but doesn’t know why. He wanted to know why I needed to see him back so soon as his other doctors didn’t want to see him at all. A repeat urinalysis following prostate massage showed 0-8 WBC’s/hpf, 1+ mucus, and no bacteria.
He was clearly responding to the treatment plan and that remedy 30c was acting. The few WBC’s present is a normal finding at this stage of the healing process. It is easy to tell when the remedy is working if you are also using a botanical medicine, as the symptom pattern will clear much quicker from the remedy than from the botanical medicine. The patient was advised to continue the treatment plan for the next 2 weeks in order to allow the body to complete its healing process.
Case I Analysis: The patient was given Cannabis sativa based upon the rubrics consulted and a review of the materia medica.
Sexual desire, erections excessive Cann I = 3, Cann s = 3
Bladder discharge, gleety, painless Cann I = n/a, Cann s = 2
Bladder urethritis, meatus Cann I = 1, Cann s = 3
Bladder urethra discharge, white Cann I = n/a Cann s = 3
Bladder urethra discharge purulent Cann I = n/a Cann s = 2
Cannabis indica: urine loaded with slimy mucus after exposure to damp & cold, sensation as if discharge in urethra; increased sexual desire, satyriasis, priapism, frequent erections; gonorrhea without pain.
Cannabis sativa: mental and head symptoms less pronounced than Cann I; urethra very sensitive to touch, patient may walk with legs apart to reduce pressure; has more burning and smarting than Cann I, similar to Cantharis.
Even though there was not excessive pain with this condition, Cannabis sativa was chosen because of the excessive sexual desire and gleety and painless discharge. The patient did not follow up after the first return visit, not an uncommon occurrence in young men.
Acute urethritis is a condition very amenable to homeopathic treatment, and in my experience, works faster and more completely than antibiotics. This includes gonococcal urethritis as well. As homeopathic practitioners we tend to see more chronic cases however, and often the initial prescription will require a follow up remedy once the initial layer has been removed. This helps to decrease the patient’s susceptibility to reinfection.
Thomas A. Kruzel N.D. is a naturopathic physician in private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. He received a BA in Biology from the California State University at Northridge, and his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Kruzel is also a board certified Medical Technologist. He completed 2 years of Family Practice Medicine residency at the Portland Naturopathic Clinic where he was chief resident prior to entering private practice.
He has been an Associate Professor of Medicine at National College of Naturopathic Medicine where he has taught Clinical Laboratory Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Urology. He is the author of the Homeopathic Emergency Guide A Quick Reference Handbook to Effective Homeopathic Care published by North Atlantic Books and has published numerous articles in The Journal of Naturopathic Medicine as well as other publications. He is also the past president of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Urethritis: Symptoms, causes, and treatment
Urethritis is the inflammation and swelling of the urethra, the narrow tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. It leads to difficulty or pain when urinating.
Urethritis is usually caused by bacteria or a virus. A chemical irritant can also trigger it.
It is different from a urinary tract infection (UTI), which usually affects the whole of the urinary tract.
It can be transmitted through unprotected sex. If a woman has a vaginal infection, she can pass it on to a male partner.
Both men and women can develop urethritis, but the symptoms differ slightly. Some people have no symptoms.
For women, symptoms include:
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Pelvic and abdominal pain
- Pain with intercourse
- Frequent or urgent urination
- Fever and chills
- Stomach pain
Symptoms in men include:
- Blood in urine or semen
- Painful ejaculation
- Penile discharge
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Itching, tenderness, or swelling in the penis
- Enlarged lymph nodes in the groin area
Fever is possible in men, but it is rare.
Most cases of urethritis happen when bacteria enter the urethra.
Bacterial urethritis can be either gonococcal urethritis, caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae, or non-gonococcal urethritis (NGU), caused by Chlamydia trachomatis or Mycoplasma genitalium (M. genitalium).
Gonorrheal infection and chlamydia often occur together.
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI) that affect both men and women.
The most common viral causes are herpes simplex virus and cytomegalovirus.
Other causes are:
- Reiter’s syndrome
- Ureaplasma urealyticum
- Trichomonas vaginalis
- Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (E. coli)
According to the National Institutes of Health, urethritis can also result from an injury or sensitivity to chemicals used in contraceptive jellies, soaps, creams or foams, and spermicides.
Disinfectant, antiseptic, or other products, such as tea tree oil, can cause inflammation.
Damage caused by friction during sexual contact or masturbation can also lead to inflammation in men.
People who are more likely to experience urethritis include those who:
- Have a history of sexually transmitted diseases
- Engage in high-risk sexual behavior
Oral sex may be a risk factor for nongonococcal urethritis (NGU), according to a study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases
Urethritis is not always sexually transmitted, but a person with multiple sexual partners has a greater risk of exposure.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that any patient with confirmed or suspected urethritis should also undergo tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia. This will enable people to inform their partner, who may also need to be tested and treated. It can also encourage patients to adhere to treatment.
For a man, a physician will normally examine the abdomen, scrotum, penis, and bladder for any swelling or discharge.
The doctor may spread the urinary meatus apart to see if there are any abnormalities. The urinary meatus is the hole from which urine leaves the body.
A swab is inserted into the urethra and then examined under a microscope.
Women usually undergo abdominal and pelvic exams to check for tenderness of the urethra and lower abdomen. The doctor will also check for any urethral discharge.
Cystoscopy, in which a tube with a camera on the end is inserted into the bladder, may be used.
Diagnostic tests that may be recommended include:
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- C-reactive protein test
- Tests to check for STIs, such as gonorrhea or chlamydia
- Urine test
Women may undergo a pelvic ultrasound test.
Medications will aim to treat the cause of the urethritis and to prevent the spread of infection.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause. If the patient has a bacterial infection, an antibiotic will be prescribed, such as Doxycycline, Erythromycin, or Metronidazole.
Azithromycin and doxycycline are reported to be effective in treating urethritis when it is linked to chlamydia, but other types, such as M. genitalium appear to respond better to azithromycin or moxifloxacin.
There is also concern that some strains of M. genitalium are resistant to some antibiotics, making treatment more difficult.
A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as naproxen, can be used to relieve pain.
Pyridium, also known as phenazopyridine, is can be used to treat pain and reduce the urge to urinate, and frequency of urination.
The CDC encourage treatment that can be given in a single dose, to encourage adherence. They also recommend giving medication on site in the clinic and observing the first dose.
Are there any natural remedies?
According to the Family Planning Association (FPA) in the United Kingdom, there is no evidence that natural or alternative remedies can cure urethritis.
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMM) note that home and natural remedies, used together with conventional medical treatment, can help the body fight infection.
Cranberries contain a substance that may prevent bacteria from sticking to the urethra. Drinking between 8 ounces and 16 ounces of unsweetened cranberry juice each day may help women with frequent urinary infections to prevent recurrence.
Cranberry supplements are not recommended if a person is pregnant, breastfeeding, or has kidney stones. Cranberry juice and supplements should not be taken by people using blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin, or Coumadin.
It is also important to stay hydrated by avoiding caffeine and alcohol and drinking six to eight glasses of filtered water each day.
It is important to speak to a physician before using any natural or alternative remedies.
Some effective ways of preventing urethritis, include:
- Refraining from unprotected and risky sexual activity, such as having multiple sexual partners
- Avoiding chemicals that can irritate the urethra such as detergents or spermicides
- Good personal hygiene
Possible complications for men include infections in the bladder, testicles or the prostate.
Complications for women are infections of the bladder or the cervix. There is also an increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to infertility and other problems.
If symptoms persist or recur, it may be a sign that another condition is present, or that the bacteria that caused the problem is resistant to the treatment given.
It is important for patients to follow up with their physician if pain and other symptoms return or do not go away.
7 natural remedies for UTI to deal with the worst symptoms
Out of all of life’s many annoyances, UTIs rank pretty high (probably somewhere above “trip to the DMV,” but below “bridal party email thread”). If you have yet to actually experience one, consider yourself lucky: They’re inconvenient, incredibly uncomfortable and sometimes painful reminders that being a lady is super fun.
Urinary tract infections happen when bacteria gets trapped in the bladder, urethra, or any other part of the urinary system. While men do occasionally get them, they’re way more common in women (like, we get them 30 times as often as men do!). And that’s down to anatomy: Because a woman’s urethra is shorter than a man’s, it’s easier for bacteria to enter and make itself at home.
Most UTIs are caused by E. coli, which can enter the urethra post-sex or after improper wiping. The bacteria can take root and replicate, leading to an infection of either the bladder (which is called cystitis) or urethra (called urethritis).
If you experience symptoms such as burning or painful urination, the urge to pee frequently (even when you know you don’t have to), cloudy or strange-smelling urine, or see blood or pus in your urine, you might have a UTI.
Left untreated, a UTI could easily spread to your kidneys and cause lasting damage, which is why you should make an appointment with your doctor stat. They’ll likely do a culture to determine if your symptoms are due to a UTI or some other infection and treat you accordingly. If you have a UTI, your doc will prescribe antibiotics, which (thankfully) get to work surprisingly quickly.
While you wait for the antibiotics to kick in, there are some easy natural remedies for UTIs that can help alleviate your symptoms and prevent UTIs in the future.
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1. Drink more water
You should be drinking plenty of water anyway, but if you aren’t always great about remembering to fill up your water bottle in the middle of the day, it’s important to make an effort to increase your water intake if you’ve been diagnosed with (or suspect you have) a urinary tract infection. The more water you drink, the more you’ll have to pee; the more you pee, the more bacteria will be flushed out of your urethra every time you use the bathroom.
Upping your h30 consumption may also help prevent UTIs in the future, according to a 2017 study of 140 premenopausal women dealing with recurring infections. Study participants were divided into two groups; one group stuck to their usual water-drinking habits over the course of a year, while the other group drank an additional 1.5 liters of water a day (on top of their usual fluid intake). By the end of the study, the group drinking extra water saw a “significant” decrease in the mean number of infections compared to the control.
2. Reach for the (unsweetened) cranberry juice
Cranberries (and cranberry juice) have long been touted as a way to prevent urinary tract infections. That’s because cranberries contain a specific kind of polyphenol (a compound found in plants) that acts on E. coli and other bacteria as an anti-adhesive, making it harder for the harmful microorganisms to stick to urethra walls.
However, it should be noted that research is mixed on the subject—most recently, a 2017 review found that “limited evidence exists for cranberries in reducing the risk of [recurrent UTIs],” and that “evidence for cranberry juice in preventing UTIs was less than previously thought,” although it noted that there aren’t any known downsides to drinking the stuff, either. (And some experts still recommend drinking cranberry juice as a preventative measure.)
If you do want to give cranberry juice a try, skip the cranberry cocktail in the juice aisle of your local grocery store and opt for the unsweetened variety instead. Sugary beverages can irritate your bladder, which will only make you feel worse than you already do. (BTW, you should also hold off on drinking coffee, alcohol and soda while you’re being treated for a UTI.)
3. Pop some vitamin C
In addition to its overall immunity-boosting properties, vitamin C may help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections by making urine more acidic, thereby limiting bacteria growth. The authors of the metastudy mentioned above also say that vitamin C plays quite nicely with methenamine hippurate (MH), an antibiotic commonly used to treat urinary tract infections. MH reacts with acid in the urine to create formaldehyde, which is deadly to E. coli and other bacteria. So basically vitamin C could help your antibiotics work even better.
4. Pee when you need to …
You may pride yourself on your ability to sit through marathon meetings without taking a bathroom break, but don’t sacrifice your bladder just because you don’t want to miss a minute of your boss’s riveting quarterly sales projections. If you habitually hold in your pee, research suggests you could be putting yourself at risk for a UTI. The longer urine sits in your bladder, the more time bacteria that has entered your urethra has to settle in and multiply.
5. …and definitely, definitely pee after sex
Although the jury is still out on whether or not there’s actually a relationship between peeing after intercourse and UTIs, there is some scientific evidence that women who go to the bathroom before and after sex are much less likely to get UTIs than women who do not. (That same study also found that there may be a connection between diaphragm and spermicide use and UTIs.)
6. Apply heat
If you’re dealing with pain in your lower belly thanks to your UTI, a heating pad or hot water bottle may provide temporary relief.
7. Try garlic (extract) or bearberry leaf
A 2009 study of male rats showed a “statistically significant” drop in bacterial growth and inflammation when the rats were given garlic, while the author of a 2010 study found that garlic extract had an antimicrobial effect even on some antibiotic-resistant strains of S. aureus and E. coli. And in a small study of 57 women suffering from recurring UTIs, the group who supplemented with bearberry leaf (a.k.a. uva-ursi) saw a significant decrease in the number of recurring infections compared to the control group over the course of the year-long study.
It should be noted that these studies are small, and some of them were only on rats or in a petri dish—so take these findings with a grain of salt. And as with all herbal supplements, talk to your doctor first to make sure they don’t interact with any other meds you’re taking.
9 steps to clear up urethritis – FC&A Store
Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the penis and out of the body. It may be caused by an infection, an irritation, or a minor injury.
Urethritis is generally picked up through sexual contact, but it can also occur as a complication of brachytherapy, a prostate cancer treatment. Its symptoms are similar to prostatitis, but more severe.
Symptoms of urethritis include:
- watery discharge from penis
- a “glued shut” appearance at the opening of the penis
- discharge from the penis that leaves a brownish or yellowish stain on the front of the underwear
- an itchy feeling inside the penis
- discomfort in the penis during urination
See your doctor if you have an infection so he can prescribe antibiotics. Although untreated urethritis may eventually go away on its own, it can leave you with a worse problem — a urethral stricture or blockage. An injury or untreated infection can cause scar tissue to build up in the urethra. A urethral stricture occurs when this scar tissue shrinks, causing the urethra to narrow and sometimes even become shorter. This makes it difficult and painful to urinate or ejaculate. There is no natural remedy for a urethral stricture.
Find out the facts, including how to maximize your odds of being in the “magic one-fifth” of men who will never have prostate troubles, or how to naturally reverse symptoms, and to avoid pain, urinary troubles, and sexual dysfunction that can come with illness or from the wrong treatment! Learn more with Your Prostate Answer Book.
Generally, antibiotics will relieve the symptoms of urethritis within 24 hours. However, to completely wipe out the infection, be sure to finish up all antibiotics no matter how soon you feel better.
Typically, urethritis is caused by an infection you picked up from your mate during sexual intercourse. These infections can be passed back and forth between partners, so it’s a good idea to have your mate treated at the same time you are.
Here are some self-help suggestions to comfort and heal an irritated urethra:
- Soak in a sitz bath. Although sitz baths sound somewhat mysterious, they’re really not. Sitz is simply a German word for seat. So, a sitz bath basically involves sitting for 15 minutes in a few inches of hot water. Sitz baths are soothing because they help relieve the discomfort of an irritated prostate. They also appear to improve circulation and healing.
- Don’t squeeze on your penis to see if the discharge is still present. It’s okay to inspect it gently.
- Clean your genitals and surrounding areas with plain, unscented soap.
- Say no to sex or use a condom until you’re free of symptoms for two weeks.
- Drink eight glasses of water a day.
- Chug some cranberry juice. This will acidify your urine and possibly help prevent future problems. Also, some drugs work better if your urine is acidic.
In addition, modifying your sexual habits can help prevent future infections:
- Use the bathroom within 15 minutes after sex. It may help if you drink a glass of water before sex.
- Use latex condoms.
- If you use lubricants, make sure you use a water-soluble one, such as K-Y Lubricating Jelly.
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How to Treat a UTI at Home With 4 Natural Remedies
- To treat a UTI at home, it’s important to drink lots of water, and consume cranberries and Vitamin C.
- Often, you will need antibiotics to effectively treat a UTI, and you should check in with your doctor first to determine if you’re able to treat one at home.
- Antibiotics will likely be more effective at treating a UTI after it’s occurred, but with these natural remedies, you can help reduce your risk and prevent future UTIs.
- This article was medically reviewed by S. Adam Ramin, MD, urologic surgeon and medical director of Urology Cancer Specialists in Los Angeles.
- Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice.
One of the most common bacterial infections is a urinary tract infection, or UTI. If left untreated, a UTI can develop into serious health problems, such as a kidney infection.
To treat the UTI, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic, including:
- Bactrim (trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole)
- Keflex (cephalexin)
- Monurol (fosfomycin)
However, antibiotics can also increase bacterial resistance, and in some cases, your doctor may recommend that you can safely and effectively treat a UTI at home, without antibiotics.
Here’s how to tell if you have a UTI and when it’s OK to treat one at home.
This painful infection occurs when bacteria, usually Escherichia coli (E. coli), enter the urinary tract through the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of your body.
These are some of the common symptoms of a UTI:
- A constant urge to urinate
- Pain or a burning sensation while urinating
- Only being able to urinate small amounts
- Cloudy or strong-smelling urine
- Pressure in your pelvic area
It’s important to see a doctor if your symptoms persist for more than 48 hours, or if you have a fever, back pain, or blood in your urine.
Both men and women can get a UTI. However, it’s more common in women because they have shorter urethras, making it easier for bacteria to reach their bladders. In fact, almost half of all women will have at least one UTI in their lifetime.
Can you treat a UTI without antibiotics?
If you’re experiencing the symptoms of a UTI, you should always check in with your doctor first.
Because they’re at higher risk for complications, men and pregnant women should never try to treat a UTI at home, according to Rena Malik, M. D., a urologist and director of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
But for some women with no other serious health problems, it can be possible to treat a UTI at home, without antibiotics. For instance, mild or uncomplicated UTIs may clear out of the bladder naturally, as a strong immune system can help resolve these infections.
To boost your immune system and help reduce your risk of severe UTIs, it’s important to stay well-hydrated and incorporate essential vitamins and nutrients into your diet. And while these methods won’t treat your UTI as effectively as antibiotics after it’s occured, they can help prevent future ones from occurring.
Drink lots of water
Drinking water and staying hydrated can help prevent and treat a UTI. This dilutes your urine so you’ll pee more frequently, helping to flush out the bacteria that’s causing your infection.
“We recommend that all our patients who have recurrent UTIs drink about 2 to 3 liters of fluid per day,” Malik says. “This can include water, flavored water, and non-caffeinated beverages.”
For example, a study of 141 girls from three to 18 years old showed that inadequate fluid intake and infrequent urination were linked to recurrent UTIs.
You should also avoid drinking fluids that could irritate your bladder and worsen symptoms, such as alcohol and caffeinated beverages.
There is some evidence that cranberries may help prevent UTIs. That’s because they contain proanthocyanidins (PACs), which may stop bacteria from sticking to your urinary tract lining.
One study found that it’s most effective to consume 36mg of cranberry PAC daily to help prevent a UTI.
“You can drink a very concentrated juice that’s 100% cranberry with no sugar added, or you can take a capsule or tablet that has that dosing in it,” Malik says.
However, she warns that many cranberry juices contain a lot of sugar but not enough PAC, and many cranberry supplements don’t contain enough PAC to be effective — so make sure you know what kind of cranberry products you’re consuming.
For reference, an 8-ounce (240-milliliter) serving of an Ocean Spray cranberry juice drink has about 33 to 36mg of PACs, according to a 2017 article in the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) Journal.
Get vitamin C
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) may increase the acidity of your urine, which can help kill the bacteria causing your UTI. There have been few studies, with mixed results, on whether vitamin C is effective for preventing UTIs.
In one study, pregnant women who took 100mg of vitamin C daily for three months had significantly fewer UTIs than pregnant women who didn’t take vitamin C. However, in another study, participants with spinal cord injuries who took 2,000mg of vitamin C daily did not have fewer UTIs than participants who didn’t increase their vitamin C intake.
“[Vitamin C] certainly won’t hurt you in a short period of time, but if you’re taking it over a long period of time, you should discuss that with your doctor,” Malik says.
Fruits and vegetables especially high in vitamin C include oranges, grapefruit, and red bell peppers. You can also take a vitamin C supplement.
Probiotics are microorganisms that help balance the “bad” bacteria that can cause infections in your body, such as E. coli, with the “good” bacteria that assist in digesting food properly.
In addition, the probiotic strain lactobacillus may help prevent UTIs by stopping the bad bacteria from adhering to your urinary tract. That’s because lactobacillus produces antibacterial hydrogen peroxide, which makes it difficult for certain bacteria to survive.
Lactobacillus is available in supplements. It’s also found in yogurt and fermented foods such as kimchi, miso, and sauerkraut.
In one small study, lactobacillus was found to be effective in preventing UTIs in premenopausal women. But another review didn’t find enough evidence to recommend its use.
Malik says “the jury is still out” on how effective probiotics are for preventing UTIs, and you should talk with your doctor to see if using them could be right for you.
The bottom line
These at-home remedies may help prevent or treat a UTI, as long as your doctor deems them safe for you.
Additionally, there are a few general lifestyle behaviors you can practice to help prevent UTIs before they occur, including:
- When you feel like you have to urinate, go — don’t hold it.
- After urinating and especially after a bowel movement, wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from entering your urethra.
- Urinate before and after having sex.
- Avoid using scented soaps, bubble baths, or douches.
- Don’t wear tight pants.
If you do experience the symptoms of a UTI, it’s important to check in with your doctor before attempting to treat it yourself. Together, you can determine whether you’ll need antibiotics, or if you can treat your UTI at home.
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Urology | Urethritis Causes & Symptoms
Urethritis is swelling and irritation or inflammation of the urethra. Urethritis is most commonly caused by bacteria or a virus, but can also result from physical injury or sensitivity to some chemicals in spermicides and contraceptive foams and jellies.
The bacteria responsible for urethritis include:
- E. coli: Present in stool, it’s the same bacteria that causes urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Gonococcus: Sexually transmitted and causes gonorrhea
- Chlamydia trachomatis: Sexually transmitted and causes chlamydia
Virues that are commonly responsible for urethritis include:
- Herpes simplex (HSV-1 and HSV-2)
- Trichomonas: A single-celled sexually-transmitted organism
Who’s At Risk?
The primary causes of urethritis are linked to behaviors, like inadequate hygiene or risky sexual behaviors. Behaviors that put people at the most risk for developing urethritis include:
- multiple sexual partners
- high-risk sexual behavior, such as anal sex without a condom
- a history of sexually transmitted diseases
Symptoms of Urethritis
The primary symptoms of urethritis are urethral inflammation and painful urination. In addition, urethritis symptoms include:
- frequent or urgent need to urinate
- difficulty starting urination
- itching, pain or discomfort when not urinating
- pain during sex
- vaginal or urethral discharge
- abdominal and pelvic pain
- fever and chills
If you are experiencing painful urination or vaginal or urethral discharge, your doctor may assume an infection is present and may prescribe antibiotics immediately while awaiting test results. Tests can help confirm the diagnosis of urethritis and its cause and can include:
- physical examination of the genitals, abdomen and rectum to check for discharge and tenderness
- urine tests for gonorrhea, chlamydia or other bacteria
- examination of any discharge under a microscope
Blood tests are sometimes performed, but are not often necessary for an accurate diagnosis.
The goal of any treatment for urethritis is to eliminate the cause of infection, prevent the spread of infection and improve your symptoms. There are different treatment options depending on the cause and severity of infection. Pain relievers may also be used in conjunction with other medications to lessen painful symptoms of urethritis .
People with urethritis who are being treated should avoid sex or use condoms during intercourse. If an infection is the cause of the inflammation, your sexual partner must also be treated.
Treating urethritis caused by bacteria
Antibiotics can successfully cure urethritis caused by bacteria. Many different antibiotics can treat urethritis, but some of the most commonly prescribed include:
- Doxycycline (Adoxa, Monodox, Oracea, Vibramycin)
- Ceftriaxone (Rocephin)
- Azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax)
Urethritis due to trichomonas infection (called trichomoniasis) is usually treated with an antibiotic called Flagyl (metronidazole). Tindamax (tinidazole) is another antibiotic that can treat trichomoniasis. Urethritis that does not clear up after antibiotic treatment and lasts for at least six weeks is called chronic urethritis. Different antibiotics may be used to treat this problem.
Treating urethritis caused by a virus
Urethritis due to the herpes simplex virus can be treated with a number of medications, including:
- Famciclovir (Famvir)
- Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
- Acyclovir (Zovirax)
Urethritis can be prevented with good personal hygiene and by practicing safer sexual behaviors such as monogamy (one sexual partner only) and using condoms.
Urethritis is preventable and curable, but can lead to permanent damage to the urethra as well as other organs in women. Common complications from urethritis include:
90,000 Treatment of urethritis at home
Urethritis is a disease characterized by an inflammatory process in the walls of the urethra.
Sometimes urethritis is asymptomatic, and the patient does not realize that he is sick. However, as a rule, the symptoms of the disease are as follows:
- itching and burning during urination,
- painful sensations during urination,
- purulent discharge from the urethra,
- adhesion of the external opening of the urethra,
- redness of the external opening of the urethra.
The disease occurs quite often in both men and women. Distinguish between specific and nonspecific urethritis.
Specific urethritis is caused by various sexually transmitted infections:
- herpes virus,
- microplasmas and other viruses.
Nonspecific urethritis can be caused by the following factors:
- narrowing of the urethra,
- injury to the urethra,
- allergic reaction to food and drug components,
- metabolic disorders,
- ingestion of too spicy food.
Should urethritis be treated at home?
Home treatment of urethritis is generally possible but not recommended. Improperly selected medications can adversely affect the course of the disease and cause complications. If you experience any symptoms of urethritis, be sure to see a qualified professional. Only an experienced doctor can quickly and accurately establish a diagnosis and choose an effective treatment, taking into account all the characteristics of your body and contraindications of pharmacological drugs.The doctor will give you the necessary recommendations on how to treat urethritis, what procedures to carry out and in what doses to take medications.
As a rule, the treatment of urethritis consists in taking broad-spectrum antibiotics, as well as immunomodulatory agents.
Of the proven folk remedies for the treatment of urethritis, one can single out:
- cranberry juice,
- decoction of black currant leaves (drink several times a day),
- black currant fruits (it is useful to drink decoctions, make infusions and eat fresh berries),
- parsley and celery roots,
- linden decoction (drink a glass before going to bed).
Comprehensive treatment of urethritis in consultation with your doctor will help you quickly and effectively cope with the disease.
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Treatment of urethritis in men with folk remedies: TOP-12 recipes
Urethritis is an inflammation of the walls of the urethra. The disease is characterized by a complex course, severe discomfort and extremely painful sensations. In the absence of adequate therapy, an unpleasant disease will inevitably turn into a chronic form, therefore, it is necessary to start treatment of urethritis in men with folk remedies in a timely manner, but always in combination with the methods of official medicine. This approach is a guarantee of successful disposal of urethritis. However, the use of any folk recipes is impossible without the approval of the attending physician.
Features of home treatment of urethritis
Non-drug alternative treatment should complement, not replace, conventional therapy.For it to be successful, the patient needs to undergo an examination and identify the cause of urethritis. Taking antibacterial drugs is the most important part of treatment, and folk remedies are only auxiliary.
In order for the plants to bring relief, but not to become provocateurs of an allergic reaction, it is necessary to adhere to dosages and strict adherence to recipes.
In addition to the internal intake of additional folk compositions, local treatment is also indicated for urethritis – the use of decoctions, infusions.
The most effective methods of treatment
Correct use of folk remedies will help:
- strengthen weakened immunity, increase the body’s resistance to pathogens;
- non-irritating effect on the bladder, flushing it and ensuring the evacuation of urine;
- relieve painful symptoms of urethritis – constant pain, itching, burning sensation when urinating;
- significantly accelerate the regeneration of the affected tissues;
- to enhance the effect of the use of medicines.
Herbs, inflorescences, fruits and roots are widely used in the treatment of urethritis. Making infusions from raw materials, they are taken internally and as an external aid – for baths, compresses and irrigations.
Usually, the duration of alternative treatment does not exceed 1-2 months, but to a greater extent its duration is influenced by the patient’s condition.
This fragrant plant is known for its antiseptic, analgesic, disinfectant and hemostatic properties.Without chamomile, it is already difficult to imagine successful treatment of painful symptoms of urethritis with folk remedies. Chamomile is purchased at a pharmacy. If you decide to use fresh raw materials, then only the inflorescences are cut off from the plant.
- Concentrate for sitz baths. Such regular treatment can quickly get rid of the painful manifestations of urethritis, eliminate inflammation. Dried raw materials are selected for preparation. Measure 6 tablespoons, steamed them in half a liter of boiling water.After stirring, the slightly cooled composition is sent to the fire, brought to a boil, removed, wrapped. After cooling the liquid, it is filtered off. Baths are done once a day, preferably before bedtime. The optimum water temperature is 36-37 ° C, the duration of the procedure is 15 minutes, the course is from 10 to 12 times.
- Chamomile tea. Its two times daily intake in the treatment of urethritis is a prerequisite. A small amount is poured in a glass of boiling water – ½ a tablespoon, and filtered after a few minutes.To improve the taste, a teaspoon of honey is added to the drink, better than linden. Duration of taking chamomile tea is 10 days.
Neglect of the rules for the treatment of urethritis leads to unpleasant consequences. For example, long-term drinking of this broth can provoke gastrointestinal disorders, especially diarrhea. To minimize the risk, it is advised to take probiotic preparations in parallel.
This plant material is an effective disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial agent, therefore it is widely used in folk recipes against urethritis.
- Bath decoction. For greater effect, the bark is pre-ground in a coffee grinder (blender). Measure out a tablespoon of raw materials, which is poured with a liter of boiling water. The concentrate is boiled for a long time, at least 20 minutes. They insist on an hour. All the filtered broth is poured into a bowl. Baths (also warm, 36-37 ° C) take 15 minutes. The course of treatment for urethritis with oak bark for men is 3 days. For this entire period, sexual abstinence is required.
- Oak bark tea. This popular recipe makes it possible to relieve inflammation of hemorrhoids, cure urethritis, prostatitis and premature ejaculation.A teaspoon of powder is poured into a glass of boiling water, sent to a water bath for 10-20 minutes. After straining tea, drink a third of the glass, do it 20-30 minutes before meals. The duration of alternative treatment is 10-14 days.
The maximum allowable course of taking these funds is 2 weeks.
After the treatment of urethritis with oak bark, a pause of 30 days is required. Incorrect dosage leads to diarrhea and other disorders, including vomiting, nausea, and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Effective treatment of urethritis with folk remedies is difficult to imagine without the use of an agave.It has many advantages, but the main thing is the ability to stimulate the healing processes of damaged tissues, regardless of what kind of treatment is used (external or internal).
- Recipe that increases immunity. The only condition is the appropriate age of the plant. It must be at least three years old. Juice is squeezed out of aloe. 100 ml is mixed with chopped walnuts (500 g), lemon juice from 3 fruits is added to the mixture. Take the composition before meals, half an hour. The number of receptions is three times a day.
- Agave juice is an unsurpassed folk remedy. In this case, additional ingredients are prepared – a glass of honey and cahors. The first components are mixed, add 100-150 ml of aloe juice from the leaves, previously aged for about 2 weeks on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator (in a dark place, for example, in a covered dish, newspaper). Drink this “cocktail” before meals. Volume – a teaspoon, the recommended number of doses per day – 2-3 times.
Despite the hypoallergenicity of preparations with agave, the appropriateness and safety of their use must be assessed by a doctor.Determining the optimal duration of such treatment for urethritis is also his prerogative.
Field cornflower has long and deservedly been considered a specialist in the treatment of diseases of the genitourinary sphere. Folk recipes with this plant are used to get rid of nephritis, cystitis, urethritis, with renal or cardiac edema.
- Anti-inflammatory collection. In addition to cornflower inflorescences, bearberry and juniper leaves are prepared. All ingredients are measured equally – 15 g each.A glass of boiling water is added to a tablespoon of this collection, the container with the drink is carefully wrapped. After 30 minutes, the infusion is filtered. The optimal dose is a tablespoon drunk three times a day. Usually the maximum duration of treatment is a month, but the course must be agreed with the doctor.
- Cornflower tea. A teaspoon of inflorescences is poured into the teapot, a glass of boiling water is added. Insist for 30-60 minutes. Drink two tablespoons before meals twice a day.
This medicinal plant is not so harmless.The cornflower contains toxic substances that can accumulate in the body, therefore, self-prescription of folk drugs is prohibited.
The leaves and berries of this plant are an effective folk method that allows you to cure urethritis in men in a short time. The reason for its effectiveness is a large amount of essential vitamins that help to strengthen the immune system and cope with all kinds of inflammatory processes.
- Blackcurrant leaf tea. Raw materials are ground in a coffee grinder, even better in a mortar. Having measured out 3 teaspoons, they are poured into boiling water (1.5 l), removed from heat and insisted for at least half an hour. This vitamin drink is substituted for regular tea. Another treatment is to take ½ cup before each meal.
- Fresh berries. They have a diuretic, antimicrobial effect, therefore, for the treatment of urethritis, it is recommended to eat berries in the morning on an empty stomach. It is better not to add sugar. Doctors also do not recommend an uncontrolled appointment.
Stomach ulcer, exacerbation of gastritis are the reasons for refusing this tasty treatment. Due to the high content of salicylic acid, the simultaneous use of aspirin is prohibited.
St. John’s wort
Among the traditional methods of treating male urethritis, there are recipes with the herb, which is called among the leading plants when it comes to diseases of the genitourinary system. St. John’s wort is an excellent diuretic, it has an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effect, is a wound-healing agent.
- St. John’s wort tea. 200 ml of boiling water is poured into a tablespoon of plant materials. Having wrapped the drink well, they let it brew for several hours (2-3). After filtration, the infusion is drunk in a third of the glass, the number of doses per day is 3. Therapy takes 2 weeks. A drink for urethritis is also used for baths, the maximum daily amount is 4.
- St. John’s wort and herbal collection. First, prepare a mixture by measuring and combining all the components in the same volume. In addition to St. John’s wort, these include lingonberry leaves, black elderberry, pickle buds, chamomile.Taking 2 tablespoons of the mixture, they are poured into a thermos, where 2 cups of boiling water are poured. Insist collecting 8 hours. After straining, they drink 20-30 ml up to 6 times a day. The duration of treatment is 2 months.
The wonderful properties of the famous herb will not be tested by people with hypertension, since the plant has the ability to significantly increase blood pressure.
These folk remedies relieve not only of urethritis, but also of other diseases of the genitourinary system.They are appreciated for their diuretic effect, blood-purifying, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial action.
- Anti-edema tincture. A liter of 70% alcohol is poured into 30 g of birch buds. Leave to infuse from 2 weeks to a month. They take the medicine for urethritis three times a day, before meals: first 20 drops are dripped into a tablespoon, then they are diluted to the top with clean water. The maximum course is 3 months.
- Decoction of kidneys. Pour three teaspoons into a container of boiling water (3 cups), leave for 2-3 minutes.Allow the liquid to cool on its own. After straining, take a whole glass, drink this volume per day – in 3 divided doses.
To ensure that there are no problems, you should consult your doctor before using birch buds. Contraindications – renal failure, exacerbated diseases of the urinary system.
This plant is considered a powerful antiseptic, which is not inferior in strength to St. John’s wort. Linden is able to quickly relieve inflammation in urethritis, soothe mucous membranes, relieving unpleasant symptoms – burning and itching.
- Linden tea. 3 tablespoons of inflorescences are steamed with a liter of boiling water. Insist, carefully wrapping the dishes for at least an hour. This tea is recommended to be taken with linden honey. Men with symptoms of urethritis can drink a glass up to 5 times a day. The duration of this treatment is 5 to 7 days.
- Complex infusion. For its preparation, the following components are mixed in equal quantities: cornflower inflorescences and linden leaves, oregano, winter lovers and steel roots. Anise and parsley seeds are added to the composition (5 teaspoons each).All components are pre-crushed. After measuring 2 tablespoons, the raw material is poured into a thermos, half a liter of boiling water is poured. The liquid is infused for 12 hours, filtered. With urethritis, they drink 2 tbsp. l. morning and evening 30 minutes before meals. Course – month.
For the treatment of prostatitis, a similar collection is used, which, in addition to linden, includes calamus, flaxseed, licorice mint and fennel. It is prepared and taken in the same way.
Starweed weed also has beneficial properties – antipruritic, blood-purifying, diuretic, bactericidal and regenerative.For the treatment of urethritis, the aerial part of the wood lice is used.
- Juice or canned product. Freshly squeezed juice is taken 3-4 times daily, diluted with water, a teaspoon one hour before meals. For preservation, vodka or alcohol, diluted in the same way, is added to it. The herb to alcohol ratio is 4: 1. In this case, the reception is similar, the volume is 2 teaspoons.
- Woodlice tea. Grind fresh grass (2 teaspoons), put it in a thermos, pour a glass of boiling water, leave to infuse for 8 hours.After the expiration of the period, the raw materials are squeezed out, drunk according to the same scheme as the juices, but 50 ml each.
The use of juices and infusions of starwort in the recommended dosages will not harm, but moderation will not hurt. The main contraindication to woodlice treatment is hypotension, since the herb is able to lower blood pressure quite well.
Oatmeal is the oldest ingredient used in folk recipes since ancient times. It helps with depletion of the body, cleanses it of toxins, relieves inflammation, and restores damaged cells.For urethritis, even the herb of this cereal is used.
- Herb tincture. Collect raw materials, 200 g of which are crushed using a meat grinder. It is placed in a half-liter container (for example, a bottle), poured with vodka up to the neck. Remove the tincture in a dark place, but do not forget to shake it periodically. After 3 weeks, the liquid is filtered. Take three times daily, 20-30 drops before meals. The course is 2-3 weeks.
- Oat broth. Measure 2 cups of grains, after washing, pour the cereal with a liter of boiling water, boil for 2 minutes, then insist for another half hour.Filter, wring out the rest. They drink a whole glass half an hour before meals three times a day. The minimum course is 2 months, however, after a month’s break, treatment can be resumed.
An ordinary creeping leek will help to stop inflammation in urethritis. Fresh rhizomes are used.
- Wheat grass infusion. The dug roots are washed, chopped on a grater. A glass of boiling water is poured into 4 tablespoons, sent to infuse for 12 hours in a cool place.The infusion is filtered, but not poured. The same volume of hot liquid is again poured into the resulting gruel, and left for 10 hours. After a new filtration, both infusions are mixed. This cocktail is drunk daily before meals, the daily dose is 400 ml, the course is 3 months.
- Collection. In equal quantities, measure and mix the herb of St. John’s wort, cuffs, horsetail, wheatgrass rhizomes and caraway fruits. 1 tablespoon of the collection is poured into 450 ml of boiling water, insisted for about 2 hours. It is taken four times a day, evenly distributing the entire volume of the infusion.
This is another worthy candidate for the title of the best treatment for urethritis in men. Leaves, seeds and roots of a spicy plant are equally successfully used to fight.
- Infusion of leaves or seeds. Pour a tablespoon of chopped grass in the evening with cold water (0.5 l). In the morning, the liquid is filtered. They drink the remedy in two hours. The dose is 3 tablespoons. If seeds are selected, then a teaspoon is poured with a liter of cooled water, in the morning they begin to take it the same way – 3 tablespoons each.
- Root infusion. The raw material is crushed, 4 teaspoons are measured, ½ cup boiling water is poured into them, and after 15 minutes they are filtered. This amount is spread over 2 days. The course of treatment with such cold drugs is 2-3 weeks. Re-therapy is possible only after a month.
If plant juice is selected as a therapeutic agent, then the maximum dose should not exceed 30-50 ml. It is customary to dilute such a potent drink with others – carrot, spinach, beetroot or celery.
How to speed up your recovery
As a supplement to the official and traditional treatment of urethritis, it is imperative to change your lifestyle and diet. The diet should be balanced, high in fiber. All concentrated foods – pickles, canned food, smoked meats, fast food – are prohibited with urethritis. The minimum amount of liquid is 1.5 liters, of which a large share falls on clean water, fruit drinks and herbal decoctions.
Quitting alcohol and smoking will significantly increase the chances of getting rid of urethritis, and proper rest and the absence of stressful situations will speed up the cure and avoid possible relapses in the future.
90,000 symptoms and home treatment
One of the most unpleasant diseases for men is urethritis. This ailment is associated with inflammation of the urethra, which connects the bladder and urinary opening on the head of the penis. Symptoms of the disease in men are pronounced, since pathological microorganisms make it impossible for normal urination.
Types of urethritis
There are several classifications for urethritis. One of them is based on the origin of the disease – according to this classification, urethritis is infectious and non-infectious.
Also, the disease is considered from the position of the order of occurrence. Distinguish between primary urethritis, which occurs as an independent disease, and secondary urethritis, the symptoms of which appear against the background of the patient’s pathological process. Primary urethritis is most often the result of unprotected intercourse with an infected partner. Secondary disease occurs as a complication of prostatitis, cystitis and other suppurative processes in the pelvic zone.
In addition, urethritis is distinguished depending on the type of causative agent of the disease:
- gonorrheal urethritis – usually sexually transmitted, the causative agent of the disease is gonococcus.In some cases, you can get infected through the use of common personal hygiene items;
- bacterial urethritis is a consequence of the penetration of pathological microorganisms into the urethra. Bacterial urethritis occurs during medical procedures, during endoscopy, etc.;
- chlamydial urethritis occurs due to the ingestion of chlamydia. Usually, the infection does not rise higher, affecting only the urethra;
- Trichomonas urethritis – a disease in which the pathological process is triggered by the penetration of Trichomonas into the body;
- candidal urethritis – the pathogen is introduced into the body when the mucous membrane of the urethra is damaged.Quite often, candidal urethritis can be a consequence of the use of antibiotics.
Causes and symptoms of the disease
Urethritis can affect men of any age.
Most often, the infectious process in the urethra is diagnosed in people of working age who have promiscuous sex.
At first, the ailment practically does not show its symptoms; only with candidal urethritis, patients first of all feel an unpleasant burning sensation and itching.
In addition to the sexual route of transmission, the disease can also occur under the influence of the following factors:
- infectious process in response to irritation of the urethra with chemicals – intimate hygiene gels, lotions. Also, irritation can occur when using condoms, to which the patient is allergic to spermicide;
- careless medical manipulations that entail mechanical damage to the mucous membrane of the urethra can also cause urethritis in the patient;
- wearing tight synthetic underwear;
- narrowing of the urethra;
- congestion in the small pelvis;
- decreased immunity (this is how candidal urethritis most often occurs).
As a rule, already on the tenth day after infection, the patient begins to show the first symptoms of urethritis . Signs of the disease include:
- increased urge to urinate;
- inability to urinate to the end;
- weak urine stream;
- discharge from the urethral canal, accompanied by a pungent unpleasant odor;
- itching in the genital area;
- enlargement of the genitals, swelling of the glans penis;
- painful sensations when touched;
- the presence of blood in the urine;
- candidal urethritis gives characteristic cheesy eruptions in the area of the urethra and glans penis.
[adrotate banner = “4”] The basis in the treatment of this ailment is antibacterial drugs. To know how to treat urethritis, a number of laboratory tests are done and the causative agent of the disease is determined. The course of drug therapy lasts from ten days to several weeks, depending on the stage of the disease, the severity of the disease . Treatment of nonspecific urethritis is faster.
- As a rule, broad-spectrum antibiotics are prescribed – Amoxiclav, Tsiprinol, Norfloxacin.
- If men have a complication of urethritis in the form of penetration of Trichomonas, then the treatment of chronic trichomoniasis is based on the drug Ornidazole.
- Miramistin solution, potassium permanganate, protargol are locally prescribed – they treat candidal urethritis and its other types well.
The patient undergoes a course of therapy at home, hospitalization is practically not used. Parallel treatment with folk remedies has a good effect. When treating an ailment, you need to give up alcoholic beverages, eliminate spicy, spicy and sour foods from the diet so that the infectious process does not worsen.
During home treatment, it is recommended to abstain from sexual activity, and in some cases, the sexual partner should also undergo antibiotic therapy, especially if urethritis is candidal or bacterial.
The entire treatment process should be supervised by a specialist, since in some cases instrumental intervention (bougienage of the urethra) may be required.
Treatment of the disease with alternative methods
The symptoms of urethritis have been known to man for a long time, therefore, for the treatment of the disease, traditional medicine has a wide range of agents that can affect the causative agent of the disease and relieve men of urethritis.Below are the recipes by which you can make effective remedies for the disease.
In addition, do not forget that the disease can be treated with plants used for food. Parsley, celery root, carrots, beets, lingonberries and cranberries have anti-inflammatory effects. . The use of these plants will not only relieve inflammation, but also have an antispasmodic, antimicrobial, diuretic effect. Healing herbs are well suited to combat the bacterial type of pathology.
As for herbal infusions for acute urethritis in men, they need to be taken for a long time – at least a month.
Treatment of chronic urethritis is carried out according to the 8/2 scheme – eight weeks of taking the drug are replaced by two weeks of rest. The course of treatment is at least six months. Reception of herbal infusions is recommended to alternate with infusions prepared on the basis of one component. This will give the best effect on men’s health.
Linden decoction therapy
It is possible to eliminate the symptoms of cramps and burning when urinating with the help of such a folk remedy as lime broth.To do this, take two heaped tablespoons of linden flowers, pour them with two glasses of cold water and heat to a boil. As soon as the linden blossom boils for 10 minutes, remove the liquid from the heat, filter, and take one glass a day at night.
Cornflower blue treatment
Cornflower flowers have anti-inflammatory properties, therefore, the treatment of acute urethritis is not complete without a cornflower remedy. To prepare the infusion, you need to take a cornflower-blue teaspoon, pour a glass of boiling water over it and keep the container wrapped so that it cools as slowly as possible.After the infusion has cooled to room temperature, the flowers are filtered off, and the liquid is drunk two tablespoons three times a day.
Wheat grass against disease
The disease is well treated with infusion of creeping wheatgrass. When preparing the product, it is important to observe all proportions correctly. This medicine is being prepared in several stages:
- To prepare the first part, you need to take four teaspoons of ground wheatgrass root, stir in a glass of cold water and leave for twelve hours.This liquid does not need to be boiled or heated.
- After twelve hours have passed, the cold liquid is drained into a separate container, and the roots themselves are re-poured with a glass of boiling water and kept under the lid for ten minutes.
- After that, both infusions must be mixed and drunk half a glass four times a day.
Collection of herbs No. 1
Medicinal herbs for urethritis help no worse than pharmaceutical drugs. An infusion of the following components is considered the most effective at home:
All ingredients are taken in equal amounts.They need to be mixed well, then pour two tablespoons of the dry mixture with two glasses of boiling water and let it brew under the lid for an hour. An hour later, the liquid is drained, it must be taken one glass twice a day. It is best to prepare this infusion every day to keep it fresh.
Collection of herbs No. 2
Another effective herbal combination against urethritis in men:
All components are taken in equal proportions, thoroughly crushed and mixed.1 tablespoon of raw materials is poured with 1 glass of boiling water. The tool should be infused for 30 minutes, after which it is drained. For effective treatment, you need to drink 2 glasses of infusion per day – 1 in the morning and 1 before bedtime.
Collection of herbs No. 3
For the treatment of a disease in men with folk remedies, you can make an infusion of:
All components are mixed in equal amounts, after which two tablespoons of the dry mixture are poured with boiling water (0.5 l), infused for half an hour.The infusion should be drunk 1 glass twice a day – in the morning and in the evening.
Collection of herbs No. 4
Another composite recipe will help restore the health of the genitourinary system of men. This is an infusion consisting of:
All components must be taken in equal quantities, mixed. Pour five tablespoons of the dry mixture with a liter of water, bring to a boil and leave to cool for two hours. After that, the liquid is drained and drunk throughout the day.
Treatment of a disease in men with folk methods is not only not contraindicated, but is also a great support for traditional methods of therapy.In addition, these folk remedies are excellent prophylactic agents for restoring men’s health.
90,000 Urethritis – treatment of chronic forms of the disease
Urethritis is an inflammatory process in the wall of the urethra (urethra). The disease is caused by various viruses and bacteria – ureaplasma, gonococcus, chlamydia, streptococcus, mycoplasma, staphylococcus, fungi and Escherichia coli. This is a very common urological disease that affects both men and women.
The nature of urethritis is varied. Urethritis mainly appears after sexual intercourse. If the infection occurred a long time ago and a person is a carrier of the infection, then the disease can manifest itself at any time. Urethritis can also be passed on to the newborn during childbirth from the mother.
Urethritis is acute or chronic and manifests itself in different ways. Acute urethritis is characterized by sharp pain, pain, discomfort during urination, and frequent discharge.
Chronic urethritis occurs when the treatment of acute urethritis has not been adequately carried out. The chronic process is characterized by a latent course, unstable remission and a change of exacerbations. Chronic urethritis is dangerous with a high risk of complications.
In men, for example, the disease can lead to complications such as orchitis (inflammation of the testicle), vesiculitis (inflammation of the seminal vesicles), prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland), as well as impotence and narrowing of the urethra.
Chronic urethritis in women threatens with complications such as cystitis and various inflammations of the urinary tract, disorders of the vaginal microflora, renal failure, infertility.
Chronic urethritis symptoms:
- discomfort in the urethra
- back pain, sacrum and groin pain
- cutting pains and burning in the urethra
- urinary incontinence in men.
Main causes of chronic urethritis:
- improper or untimely treatment of acute urethritis or other sexually transmitted diseases
- endocrine disorders (diseases of the thyroid gland, adrenal glands)
- urethral infection
- frequent change of sexual partners
- sedentary lifestyle
- history of acute prostatitis
- frequent hypothermia
- constant stress
Methods for the treatment of chronic urethritis in the URO-PRO clinic.
Treatment of chronic urethritis in our clinic “URO-PRO” begins with diagnostics, which allows you to determine the cause of the disease, the degree of damage to the urethra, as well as to find out the stage of damage to other organs and systems of the body. An effective treatment is then offered. It includes antibiotic therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, and drugs that restore the immune system.The therapy is complemented by physiotherapy procedures, one of which is the introduction of an antiseptic drug into the urethra.
Each patient is individually advised on nutrition and lifestyle changes. At the end of the course of treatment, you need to undergo an examination in order to make sure that there is no infection. It is also worthwhile to simultaneously treat your sexual partner and exclude promiscuous sexual intercourse.
Many patients do not go to the clinic at the first symptoms and are treated on their own.As a result, they can not only delay the healing process, but also get serious complications. The sooner you start professional treatment, the higher the chance to restore your health. And in our urology department only highly qualified and experienced urologists are waiting for you.
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90,000 symptoms and treatment, drugs, folk remedies
Symptoms and treatment of urethritis in women deserve special attention. It is assumed the possibility of a timely visit to a doctor for diagnostics and the start of effective treatment. Despite the fact that urethritis in women is less pronounced than in men, a mandatory visit to a doctor is required for further treatment and elimination of unpleasant symptoms.
Causes of urethritis in women
Urethritis is infectious and non-infectious. The disease develops under the influence of various factors.
Non-infectious urethritis in women is usually caused by the following factors:
Urethritis in women
- mechanical damage to the mucous membrane of the urethra stones in urolithiasis;
- traumatic injury to the urethra when examining the bladder with a cystoscope, using a catheter to drain urine;
- malignant neoplasms;
- diseases of the genital organs;
- stagnation of venous blood in the small pelvis.
The above factors lead to the development of inflammatory processes.
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Infectious agents often negatively affect the condition of the urethra. The pathogenic flora is specific and often the bacteria are sexually transmitted.The following pathogenic microorganisms lead to the development of urethritis:
- herpes viruses;
- genital warts.
The above pathogenic microorganisms negatively affect the state of the urethra in women.
Urethritis – scheme
It is important to note that gonorrheal urethritis is specific, therefore, their treatment is possible only in a dermatovenerologic dispensary.The remaining types of the inflammatory process suggest the possibility of contacting a local therapist. In any case, you will initially need to conduct an examination and pass all tests to determine the nature of urethritis, therefore it is recommended to initially contact a therapist and listen to his recommendations.
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The following factors can also lead to the development of urethritis in women:
- hypothermia of the female body;
- potential female genital trauma;
- significant weakening of the immune system after stress or severe illness;
- severe dietary restrictions and lack of nutrients, vitamins;
- craving for alcohol;
- chronic inflammatory processes;
- diseases of the urinary system;
- pregnancy and menopause;
- violation of the rules of intimate hygiene.
As you can imagine, urethritis is often preventable. However, when the first symptoms appear, you still need to see a doctor and try to determine the cause of the problems.
Symptoms of urethritis
Women are often faced with a blurred manifestation of urethritis. Men are forced to face pronounced signs. This is due to the different structure of the genitourinary system. The fact is that men have long and narrow urethra, as a result of which some inflammations develop more actively and sharply.
The main symptoms of urethritis in women:
- discomfort when urinating;
- visual redness of the intimate organs;
- discharge with pus;
- itching during menstruation in the genital area.
These symptoms are most severe. In this case, chronic urethritis in women may even bother at a time when the disease does not manifest itself in an acute form. The main symptom is mild pain in the lower abdomen, which manifests itself during intimacy and menstruation.
Severe pain with urethritis
Often, female urethritis is characterized by the absence of external manifestations. For this reason, the diagnosis becomes more difficult.
The chronic form of the disease is usually caused by untimely and incorrect treatment or lack of a treatment course. 20 days after the onset of the inflammatory process, urethritis, which could not be treated, becomes chronic. The main symptoms of the disease completely disappear, but with intimate contacts, strong emotional arousal, hypothermia or alcohol abuse they reappear.
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Features of the survey
Diagnosis by a doctor is mandatory. When examined by a doctor, hyperemia of the external opening of the urethra and adjacent tissues, pain on palpation and discharge may be detected.Such symptoms lead to the mandatory conduct of a comprehensive examination.
Feedback on the symptoms and treatment of urethritis in women confirms the need for the following diagnosis:
- general examination of urine and blood;
- extended urine test according to the Nichiporenko method;
- urine test for the presence or absence of potentially dangerous bacteria to determine the pathogen;
- test for the sensitivity of bacteria to antibiotics;
- PCR for the study of biological material;
- urine analysis for mycobacterium tuberculosis, but in this case the result can be obtained only after 10-12 weeks.
The above survey methods are the most important.
Examination by a gynecologist
In some cases, ureteroscopy is performed, which is an effective instrumental method. The main task is an endoscopic examination of the urethral mucosa. During the examination, you can take a biopsy, eliminate scars and strictures. As a result, it is possible to obtain accurate information about a woman’s health status.
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Female urethritis involves a comprehensive diagnosis to successfully treat the inflammatory process and improve intimate health.
Features of treatment
Symptoms of urethritis in women and prompt treatment at home are among the most important issues. What can you pay special attention to if the diagnosis was nevertheless made?
What should be the treatment
- For the treatment of urethritis, drugs of different spectrum of action are used.Powerful antibacterial agents are prescribed without fail. The main task is to eliminate pathogenic bacteria. It should be noted that with symptoms of urethritis in women, drug treatment becomes mandatory.
- Baths and rinses also play an important role. Often, such procedures are close to traditional medicine, but sometimes suitable medicinal preparations in liquid form are used for them.
- Specialists also prescribe suppositories and tampons using anti-inflammatory herbs or other medicinal ingredients.Such funds are created specifically for women. It is supposed to eliminate pathogenic bacteria and the inflammatory process.
- Antihistamines are also successfully used for medicinal purposes.
- Sometimes urethritis is accompanied by chlamydia. In this case, drugs such as doxycycline and azithromycin are suitable.
- An additional method is required if antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs are insufficient. To increase immunity to infections and to further restore microflora, it is recommended to take immunostimulants and vitamins PP, B, antioxidants.
The above treatments are the most important.
The following point should be noted: chronic urethritis almost always requires long-term treatment and special patience. The chronic form involves the mandatory use of antibiotics (for example, gentamicin or chloramphenicol), taking into account the recommendations of doctors. At the same time, it is advisable to start the treatment course as early as possible in order to achieve the best results. The duration of treatment is determined on an individual basis, as a result of which it can be several days – weeks.
Preparations for the treatment of urethritis
Doctors note that with symptoms of urethritis in women, treatment with suppositories and drugs may be insufficient. The following measures are often required:
- adherence to a certain diet with the obligatory exclusion of salty and spicy foods, emphasis on vitamins and other useful substances;
- drinking a sufficient amount of liquids: boiled water or natural juice;
- taking diuretics to cleanse the urethra from infection.
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Lack of treatment will lead to complications. Women will face pyelonephritis, inflammation of the bladder, narrowing of the urethra.
Alternative treatment of urethritis
With symptoms of urethritis in women, what is the best way to treat folk remedies? First of all, it should be noted that folk remedies are only an addition to the main treatment.Their use requires the selection of the best formulation and regularity, since a mild and gradual effect on the female body is noted.
- Fresh cranberry juice is considered one of the healthiest. Cranberry has an important anti-inflammatory effect, therefore it is recommended for urethritis.
- 30 grams of black currant leaves are crushed and poured with boiling water. The broth is infused for the first hour, filtered and taken three times a day.Additionally, it is allowed to eat black currant berries. The body will receive the vitamins it needs to fight inflammation. The duration of the course can be any.
- 80 grams of parsley is poured over with milk. The mixture is placed in the oven. The milk must be rendered. Then the product is filtered and taken in a tablespoon every hour. You will need to drink the entire volume per day.
- Use 2 tablespoons of cornflower flower baskets. They are poured with a glass of boiling water and insisted for an hour, filtered.The prepared infusion is divided into 4 parts and drunk during the day.
Female urethritis requires treatment. A timely visit to a doctor guarantees a positive result.
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How is urethritis treated? At home, the treatment of urethritis in men should be comprehensive. All procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, medicines are selected by a specialist. The patient must scrupulously fulfill all appointments and.During treatment at home for urethritis in men, the patient should lead a measured life, avoid stress and overstrain, and rest as much as possible. Refusal of sexual intercourse is recommended, as urethritis in any form is highly contagious. Hygiene rules must be followed. Due to the peculiarities of the anatomical structure, urethritis is more common in men than in women. In most cases, this disease is caused by infections that are sexually transmitted. Treatment of urethritis in men. If a man thinks he has gonorrhea or non-gonococcal urethritis, try not.Prevention of urethritis in men at home. The most important thing is to avoid unprotected intimacy with unfamiliar partners. When it comes to sex, it’s important. Signs and treatments for urethritis in men. Urethritis is a pathology in which the walls of the urethra become inflamed. … He makes appointments based on the results of the survey. Patients are treated at home according to the scheme drawn up by the doctor. Medicines are selected individually. Treatment of urethritis in men with a drug lasts 7-10 days, the urethra is washed 2 times a day…. Everything about the treatment of the disease at home is in this publication. How to treat urethritis in men with folk remedies at home – effective methods. … Treatment with folk remedies. Due to the fact that the urethra in men has bends, pathogenic microorganisms that cause inflammation are almost not washed out of it. It makes it worse. Features of home treatment of urethritis. Non-drug alternative treatment is required to complement, not replace, conventional therapy. For it to be successful, the patient needs to undergo an examination and identify the cause of urethritis.Taking antibacterial drugs is an essential part of treatment. We quickly treat urethritis at home. Urethritis is an inflammatory process that occurs in the canal of the urinary system (on the wall. This will cure urethritis not only in men, but also in children and pregnant women. Remember: for urethritis, eat celery, carrots. Urethritis for men, treatment at home The victory over the problem without hospitalization Treatment of urethritis at home, how and how to properly deal with the disease.
He treated prostatitis – both with folk methods and with pills.There was little sense. I no longer hoped for anything, almost did not sleep at night – and the pain tormented me, and I had to run to the toilet almost every five minutes. Then somehow, almost by accident, I came across “Urotrin”, it turned out that it was necessary to start with it! I’m perfectly healthy now
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Clinical testing of the drug Urotrin was carried out in a hospital on the basis of a sanatorium in Pyatigorsk in 2013. Men aged 38 to 73 years, diagnosed with chronic prostatitis took part in clinical trials for 1 month.
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