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When to See a Urologist


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Many urological symptoms should never be ignored. Even seemingly minor symptoms can be signs of significant health issues. Bladder cancer, kidney cancer, urinary tract blockages, and other health ailments can be extremely dangerous if they are not treated right away. So it’s crucial to pay attention to your body. Symptoms like pain or a burning sensation while urinating, bladder incontinence, frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs), and blood in the urine (hematuria) can all point to serious health issues.

Blood in the Urine (Hematuria)
One of the most alarming and potentially dangerous urological symptoms to look out for is blood in the urine, referred to officially as hematuria. Blood in the urine can signal many different serious health issues such as kidney disease, bladder cancer, a severe urinary tract infection (UTI), and more. Blood in the urine should never be ignored.

Urinary Incontinence
Problems with urine leakage are referred to medically as urinary incontinence. The condition usually develops when the sphincter that controls the release of urine become damaged or diseased. Bladder cancer can cause urinary incontinence, as well as other serious conditions. Any time that urinary incontinence occurs for more than several days, an immediate appointment with a urologist should be made.

Frequent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Frequent urinary tract infections can be a sign of a much broader systemic urological problem. Kidney disease, diabetes, bladder cancer, severe vitamin deficiencies, and other concerning health ailments are all associated with frequent UTIs. Any time a person develops recurring UTIs, the problem should be immediately addressed by a healthcare professional as the infection could spread to the kidneys.

Burning Sensation While Urinating
A light to severe burning sensation caused by urination could point to a broad range of health problems such as the presence of a sexually transmitted disease, a serious UTI, bladder cancer, and more. Any time a person feels a burning sensation while urinating, they should consult with a physician, especially if the burning sensation is accompanied by blood or discharge.

Urinary Blockage
A urinary blockage is an occurrence where a person will have the sensation to release urine; however, the urine will not come out. This problem should be immediately addressed by a doctor, as it could quickly result in a ruptured bladder, or it could cause urine to back up into the kidneys, causing them to fail.

Erectile Dysfunction
While you might not think erection issues warrant seeing a urologist, erectile dysfunction can actually be an indication of a serious medical condition. Approximately 90% of American men who suffer from erection problems are too embarrassed to seek treatment. While age is a factor, especially for men over 40, erectile dysfunction can also be a symptom of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, and kidney stones.

When it comes to urinary health, even small changes or discomfort are symptoms worthy of concern; if you notice an issue, consult your physician. Remember, your urological health is indicative of your overall health.

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