Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. Urethritis is a common manifestation and usually caused by a sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It can also be caused by physical or chemical trauma to the urethra. Infectious urethritis is typically caused by a sexually transmitted pathogen; therefore most cases are seen in young sexually active men.
Urethritis, inflammation of the urethra, is commonly caused by bacterial or viral infections transmitted through sexual contact. Non-infectious factors and urinary catheterization can also contribute. Prompt medical attention is important if symptoms such as painful urination or discharge occur.
To prevent Urethritis, consider the following measures:
The most common signs and symptoms of Urethritis are:
Infectious urethritis can be treated with a variety of antibiotics. Certain strains of bacteria have become resistant to specific antibiotics, you may need a different antibiotic if symptoms continue after you have finished taking the first prescription. All sex partners of a person infected with infectious urethritis also should be treated. People who are taking antibiotics for urethritis should not have sex until treatment is complete.
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