This term actually refers to the inflammation of the urethra, or its lining to be more precise, and some bacterium is usually the main culprit, although various other microorganisms and sexually transmitted diseases can also provoke it. Even though it affects people of all ages and both sexes, women are a bit more prone to developing it than men. A number of symptoms is the same in men and women and they include burning sensation when urinating, fever, and increased urge and frequency to urinate. However, there are also those that typically affect only men, such as blood in the urine or in the semen, and pus or white discharge from the penis, itching or swelling in the groin area or penis, as well as pain during ejaculation.
Symptoms that are typically present in women with urethritis are pain in the abdomen or pelvic area, chills and unusual discharge from the vagina. Since this health problem can spread and affect other organs among which are also the bladder, prostate and reproductive organs, people need to be aware of the necessity to treat it as soon as possible. Some of the complications that are possible are cystitis, problems with fertility, problems during pregnancy or even miscarriage, and pelvic inflammatory disease in women, while men might experience epididymitis, orchitis, and prostatitis.
What to do in order to fight it off?
What is of crucial importance is timely reaction, which means that the person should not ignore the symptoms once they are noticed. The doctor should be visited in order to find the cause of the problem and to receive the therapy that will eliminate it. In order to confirm this diagnosis, the genitals are examined and samples of urine and the discharge are taken for laboratory tests and that is all. As for the methods of treatment, the doctor will prescribe adequate antibiotics in the greatest majority of the cases, although some other medications might be prescribed as well. However, the person should know that there are some natural ways of treating this problem and they should be considered as an alternative or as a part of the therapy. Besides homeopathic remedies such as apis mellifica, cantharis and sarsaparilla, which can help a lot, some of the herbs that are beneficial include cranberry, green tea, uva ursi, bromelain and cat’s claw.