The urinary system plays a vital role in the human body. It helps in releasing waste, toxins, and other unwanted fluids that develop in the body through the form of urine. This article will provide you with a better understanding of common signs and symptoms of urinary disorders that can affect the quality of life.
Urological disorders are usually common and occur when any part of the urinary system gets inflamed or infected. Urological issues are typically common but often emerge in males who are above 50 years of age.
What are the common urinary disorders?
The urinary system involves the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Each part of the system is interconnected. If one is affected, the occurred issues will impact the other parts. The common urinary disorders are benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), Urinary tract infections (UTI), kidney stones, urinary bladder stones, phimosis, penile foreskin issues, and balanitis.
The upper urinary tract consists of kidneys that happen to filter blood in order to form urine. Urine then moves through the ureters to reach the urinary bladder, where the urine gets stored. After that, when the bladder fills up, its muscles start contracting, and urine is released from your body through the last part of the lower urinary tract, i.e., the urethra. Any issue or condition that emerges in the urinary tract system is referred to as a urinary disorder.
General Symptoms & Signs of Urinary Disorders
Any infection or inflammation in the urinary system can result in urological disorders. The following mentioned signs or symptoms are common and can indicate urinary disorder:
- The color of the urine is dark brown or dark red
- Feeling pain while passing the urine
- Sharp pain in the back and side (below the last rib)
- Feeling pain in waves that intensifies each time
- Pain during sexual activity
- The frequent urge of urinating
- The foul smell in the urine
- Loss of control on the urinary bladder
- Frequent episodes of urine leakage
- Burning sensation while urinating
- Blood in the urine
Common urinary disorders in men and their symptoms
The common urinary disorders that often occur in men are:
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia(BPH)
It is a common urinary disorder that can occur in men mainly after 40 years of age. In this condition, the prostate gland gets enlarged and restricts the urethra. The following are some symptoms caused due to BPH:
-Pain while urinating
-Frequent urination in night(nocturia)
-Inability to form a urine stream
Phimosis– It is a penile foreskin disorder that leads to an inability to retract or pull back the foreskin from the glans of the penis. Phimosis and other penile foreskin disorders often occur in uncircumcised men. Following are some common symptoms caused due to phimosis:
-Swelling in the penile
-Pain in maintaining an erection
-Bleeding during urination
-Pain during sexual intercourse
-Inflammation in the glans of the penis
-Redness in the head of the penis
Kidney Stones– These stones emerge because of hard deposits made of salts and minerals that form inside the kidneys. In rare cases, small kidney stones may not cause any discomfort and can pass out from the body through urine.
In most cases, kidney stones cause the following symptoms:
-Sharp pain in the side (below the last rib)
-Blood in the urine
-Pain while urinating
-Brown or red colored urine
– Low-grade fever
Complications of untreated urinary disorders
Urinary disorders can turn into serious issues if left untreated. There are several complications that can arise due to urological conditions. In some cases, untreated urinary problems can result in life-threatening diseases. The following are some common complications that emerge if urinary disorders are left untreated:
-A prolonged urinary tract infection can result in sepsis.
-Untreated kidney stones can grow in size and could block the ureters affecting the function of the urinary tract system.
-Urinary bladder stones can block the flow of the urine or can result in painful urination.
-Untreated urinary disorders can also result in kidney damage or kidney failure that can be life-threatening.
-Some urinary disorders can also affect sexual activity causing erectile dysfunction or affecting fertility in rare cases.
-Untreated inflammation or infection in the prostate gland for a long time can lead to prostatectomy treatment (removal of the prostate gland).
Urinary disorders need immediate medical attention as delaying the treatment can worsen the condition or result in severe complications. One can always reduce the risk of such complications by consulting a well-experienced urologist for a thorough diagnosis and getting prompt treatment.
Get in touch with Pristyn Care to know the advanced available treatment for the urological disorder you are suffering from. Or, if you are experiencing any odd signs or symptoms mentioned in the above article, connect with our urologist today for complete evaluation along with the most effective treatment.