The urinary system includes the urinary tract and related organs such as the bladder, kidneys, ureter, urethra and parts of the reproductive system. Urological functions are central to our health and affect the way we urinate, process nutrients and reproduce, however, they’re not something that is always at the forefront of our minds.
Urological conditions can affect anyone, men and women, young and old, and although some conditions may not be life-threatening, some are, so it’s important to look out for the symptoms should they arise.
Urinary tract infections are one of the most common forms of urological problems and are usually characterised by a burning sensation when urinating, frequent urinating or difficulty urinating, and cloudy or smelly urine. A doctor will usually prescribe antibiotics, but if the condition does not improve, you may have a more serious condition such as interstitial cystitis. For any lingering symptoms, be sure to contact a urologist for a thorough diagnosis.
Blood in your urine is a sign to make an immediate appointment with your urologist. Although it can be a symptom of many conditions, blood in urine can be an indicator of cancer of the bladder or kidneys, so it’s always best to get checked early.
Although usually not cause for alarm, cloudy urine can be a signal of urinary problems, especially if the symptom persists. It could be a matter of simple dehydration or something more complicated like an infection that causes the urinary tract to pass white blood cells.
There’s no question about it, kidney stones are painful. The best signal of a kidney stone is a sharp pain on one side of the lower back, however, it may also manifest as stomach pain. Another indicating factor is cloudy or bloody urine. If you have any of these symptoms on a continual basis you should contact a urologist immediately.
Painful urination or difficulty urinating can be symptoms of a number of conditions, but if you find yourself continually only able to pass a few drops at a time, or have pain in the urethra or bladder, it’s time to book an appointment. Difficulty urinating is typical to older men and is usually a result of an enlargened prostate, while painful urinating usually signifies a bacterial infection of the urinary tract.
If you have the need to continually urinate, a constant urge or you are leaking urine, you
may have symptoms of overactive bladder or urinary incontinence. These conditions are especially worth attention if they interfere with your day to day life, however, most can be managed if treated early by a urologist.
Male reproductive problems, such as erectile dysfunction, or difficulty conceiving are conditions that a urologist may be able to help. Reproductive problems in males could be a symptom of a larger issue such as vascular disease, prostate problems and renal problems.
If you have any questions regarding urological symptoms or conditions or would like to book an appointment, please contact Dr Arianayagam’s office or call 1300 307 990 and his staff will be more than happy to assist.