Urethritis is inflammation of the urethra, causing a burning sensation and sometimes severe pain on passing urine. There may be blood in the urine, and sometimes a pus-filled yellow discharge. Scarring may result and stricture of the urethra. In non-specific urethritis (NSU) the symptoms may be milder and the discharge may be clear, in women it is usually symptom less.
Urethritis may be caused by a number of infectious organisms, including the gonorrhoea bacterium. Other causes include damage to the urethra, perhaps from a catheter, and irritant chemicals, including some spermicides.
Nutritional Therapists may suggest cranberry extracts. The immune system will also be addressed, and if food allergy exacerbates the condition, dietary changes may be suggested.
When to seek further professional advice
If you are experiencing the above symptoms or think you have Urethritis you should consult your doctor.
Homeopathy: Treatment would be much the same as it would be for cystitis. Remedies will be prescribed according to the patient's constitution. Chinese Herbalism, Reflexology, Western Herbalism, and hypnotherapy can also help in alleviating the symptoms of urethritis.
Urethritis is usually treated by antibiotics when there is an infection. NSU is also treated by antibiotics but since the cause is not known the cure rate is only 85 percent. Strict follow up is required and sexual intercourse must be refrained from until the condition is clear.
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