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Common symptoms include:
- A slight burning feeling when peeing
- Itching inside the penis
- Clear to creamy fluid from the urethra
Usually, the symptoms are seen or felt more in the morning.
If the bacteria that caused urethritis are not treated, they can lead to pain and swelling in one or both testicles (balls) and may result in infertility.The bacteria or virus that causes urethritis can also cause complications in women. Sexual partners of men diagnosed with urethritis also require testing and treatment.
Tests and Diagnosis
To find out the cause of urethritis, you need to have an exam and tests done. Most often the test is done with a urine sample and a swab from the penis.
Urethritis is treated with antibiotics. It is important to take all the medication as directed, even if you start to feel better. Go back to see your health care provider if you still have symptoms after you finish your medication.
Treatment for Partners
Anyone you have had sex with in the past two months (60 days) should get tested. Partners are almost always given medication whether they have symptoms or not. If you have not had sex in the past two months, your last partner should be tested.
Avoid Re-infection or Prolonging Infection
It takes time for an infection to be cleared from the body, so it is important that you do not have oral, vaginal (frontal) and anal sex for seven days after you and your partners start the antibiotic treatment. If you or your partners do not finish the treatment or miss pills, the infection may be passed back to you or your partners and may cause health problems later on. If that happens, talk with your health care provider to see if you or your partners need more treatment.
HealthLink BC – Urethritis
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