Urethritis or Infection of Urethra

Pelvis | Urology | Urethritis or Infection of Urethra (Disease)


Urethritis is an infection of the urethra, the tube that connects the bladder and the outside and used to remove urine.

The fastest, septic symptoms occur after exploration of the urethra (1-3 days) as the bearer of the urethral probe (urinary catheter). If urethritis is caused by a sexually transmitted infection, the incubation period is between 5 and 10 days, reaching between 7to 21 days (average 9-12 days) in case of microbial urethritis. In the case of virulent germs that may cause urethritis, as in acute forms, the incubation is much shorter. The incubation period may increase by 6-9 days in case of mixed infections Gonococcal and trichomonas or if the infection appeared during a period when the patient underwent treatment with antibiotics.

Causes and Risk factors

Most commonly, the infection is caused by bacteria, contacted usually by STDs. The infections are also caused by downward transmission viruses. In most cases, the transmission mode of urethritis remains the intercourse (venereal way). In women, this route is considered the most common, and the man it is considered mandatory. For this reason, examination and treatment will be carried out in both partners. If treatment is taken successively, it will not work.

Diagnosis and Treatment

The infection is treated with antibiotics. A follow-up urinalysis or culture will be done after the patient finishes the treatment to make sure the infection has cleared. Women who have repeated episodes of intercourse-related urethritis or cystitis may need to take a dose of preventive antibiotics before or after the intercourse. Phenazopyridine may be prescribed to decrease urinary discomfort. The patient should stop using any possible chemical irritants. ...