Dr. M.J. Bazos, MD.
Urethritis is an inflammation
of the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder) caused by an
infection. It may also be present during a bladder infection. Urethritis is
caused by bacteria, trauma, or as a reaction to bath oils and bubble baths. It
can be detected by testing the urine or
examining a discharge, if there is
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Signs and symptoms include
urinating more frequently and in smaller amounts; pain or burning upon
urination; a discharge of cloudy mucus
also be yellow-green); painful
intercourse; and in older men, dribbling of
are needed to clear the infection. Sitz baths several times a day will help ease
the pain. Nonprescription medications such as Tylenol or Advil can be taken for
the pain. No special diet is needed, but fluid intake should be increased to
eight glasses of water a day. Acidify the urine by drinking cranberry juice.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine because they irritate the urethra. Avoid sexual
intercourse until the infection is cleared. You will need a follow-up urine
culture to verify this.
• Take antibiotics as ordered
• Increase your fluid
intake to include eight glasses of water per
• Avoid sexual intercourse until
the infection is cleared.
bubble baths and bath oils that may irritate the
• Keep the genital area
clean, but use nonscented plain
• Don’t stop
taking the antibiotics until finished. If the infection is not cleared, it could
become a chronic problem.
Don’t have sexual intercourse until the infection is
• Don’t use bubble
baths, bath oils, or scented soaps.
Don’t drink beverages containing alcohol or
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• If a high fever
• If blood is seen in the
• If symptoms don’t
improve in 1 week.