What is Urethritis?
A bacterial infestation leading to an inflammation of the urethra and subsequent symptoms is known as Urethritis. The bacteria that may be involved are E. coli (Bacteria present in stools), Chlamydia or Gonococci (Sexually Transmitted). Non- bacterial causes for urethritis could be due to herpes simplex virus, trichomoniasis and cytomegalovirus. This condition is completely treatable. If left untreated they can extend into the female and the male reproductive tract causing Pelvic inflammatory disease and epididymitis respectively, both of which can lead to infertility.
Symptoms of Urethritis
Urethritis is mainly identified by the painful or difficult urination. Other symptoms
that take place are:
- The urge to urinate increases. And the person is unable to start the flow or takes plenty of time to begin the flow.
- Symptoms may also differ with the gender of the person. Females experience a painful intercourse, pelvic pain and vaginal discharge with itching whilst males might have discharge or blood in urine or semen, painful ejaculation, burning urination and may have an itchy, swollen, tender penis. There may be enlargement of lymph nodes in the groin region.
- Apart from local symptoms, there might be systemic symptoms such as fever which usually occurs in females.
Guarding yourself against Urethritis
- Avoid sexual intercourse till you get alright or use protection to prevent the spread of the infection. And emptying your bladder before and after an intercourse will help. Refrain yourself from unsafe intercourse with multiple persons.
- If you are infected, using a sitz bath (sitting for few minutes in few inches of hot water) will ease the symptoms since the warmth improves the circulation of the perineal region.
- Avoid using any chemicals that could cause irritation in the urethra such as washes, contraceptives, spermicides, etc. If Lubricants are used for intercourse only water-soluble one must be used.
- Maintain perineal hygiene by washing regularly while bathing with plain soap and water. Wipe from front to back to prevent and the spread of bacteria that might be in the anal region.
- Drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins that might have accumulated in your body. Also, Cranberry juice is known to improve urinary complaints.
It is always better to visit your doctor if you are suffering from this infection because it can lead to a complicated trouble if left untreated i.e. a stricture (leading to narrowing and shortening of the urethra) or a blockage of the urethra.
Treatment in Homoeopathy
The medicine Doliosis D86 Urodol which is a Homoeopathic product is useful for urethritis in both, men and women. It acts on the renal system and provides relief from painful, insufficient and frequent urination. It can be used safely for all ages, without any side effects. Also, it can be taken easily along with other medication.