UTIs, or urinary tract infections, are a frequent problem for men who use long-term, indwelling or internal bladder catheters. But UTIs are also a problem for men and women who don’t use catheters — in fact, UTIs are the second most common type of infections in humans. So, you might wonder, what are some of the other causes of urinary tract infections in men besides catheter use?
Men can develop UTIs from blockages in the urinary tract, including difficulty urinating or controlling the flow of urine; prostate issues; health conditions that impair the immune system; or bladder catheter insertion. A urinary tract infection comes with several unpleasant symptoms, such as a burning sensation during urination, a low-grade fever, frequent urination or a persistent feeling of needing to urinate, and possibly even blood in the urine.
If you have been diagnosed with a UTI, the most common and effective treatment is oral antibiotics. This treatment is also very fast, causing most of the symptoms of UTI infections in men to go away within 48 hours.
Of course, avoiding a male UTI is the best policy! If you’ve ever gotten a urinary tract infection due to using a bladder catheter, the good news is that you can lower your risk of UTIs by using Men’s Liberty urinary incontinence product. Men’s Liberty directs urine away from the skin, which means the urinary tract is much less likely to become infected.
In a small study conducted on 20 patients and based on a survey of 31 nurses who attended those patients, the ReliaFit — a Men’s Liberty alternate male urinary catheter device used in hospitals — was preferred by a wide margin over condom catheters. The RNs surveyed reported that it was easier to apply (59.1%); that it allowed for a more satisfactory urine flow (50%); and that it stays on securely (45.5%). Furthermore, 40.9% of the RNs surveyed reported that the alternate male urinary catheter didn’t cause skin redness or irritation (compared to 9.1% for the condom catheter users). It was also rated higher than the condom catheter in terms of patient acceptance, patient comfort, no urine leakage, and longer wear time.
Men’s Liberty not only has had no attributable side effects (such as male UTIs) when used correctly, but it is also covered by many insurance providers. You may be able to get Men’s Liberty at little or no cost to you! Contact us to find out more and get started enjoying more freedom from male incontinence problems — and a much lower risk of men’s UTIs.