Urethritis is an infection of the tube that takes urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. This tube is called the urethra.
The infection is often caused by bacteria. This can happen if you have a sexually transmitted infection (STI). But a virus may also be a cause.
Urethritis is usually treated with antibiotics. Most cases clear up with treatment. Proper treatment is very important. If you don't treat it, the infection can lead to lasting damage of the urethra. Other parts of the urinary system can also be damaged.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
August 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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