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Nighttime Urethritis Discomfort: How to Alleviate It

Urethritis is a common urinary system disease affecting both men and women. Many urethritis patients often find that their symptoms become more pronounced and uncomfortable at night, severely impacting their daily life and sleep quality.


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So, what methods can we use to alleviate the discomfort of urethritis at night?


Suppose the nighttime discomfort from urethritis persists or severe symptoms such as fever, back pain, hematuria, or purulent discharge from the urethral opening occur. In that case, it is essential to visit a hospital promptly. The doctor will perform relevant examinations, such as urinalysis, urine culture, blood tests, and ultrasound, to determine the cause and severity of the condition and develop a personalized treatment plan.


In daily life, patients can promote relief from their condition through the following practices:


Maintain Adequate Hydration:


Drinking plenty of water helps dilute the urine, reducing the irritation of bacteria and inflammatory substances on the urethra. Increasing plain water intake at night, but not excessively, is beneficial to avoid frequent trips to the bathroom disrupting sleep. Generally, drinking at least 1500 - 2000 milliliters of water daily, in multiple small amounts, is recommended.


Adjust Sleeping Position:


For male patients, choosing a side-lying or prone position can avoid putting pressure on the prostate and urethra. In contrast, female patients can choose either supine or side-lying positions and should try to avoid prolonged periods of holding in urine.


Psychological Adjustment:


The symptoms of urethritis can cause anxiety, tension, and irritability in patients, which can, in turn, exacerbate the symptoms. Therefore, learning how to adjust one's mindset and maintain an optimistic attitude is crucial. Relaxing the mind and body through listening to light music, reading books, deep breathing, and other methods can help shift focus and reduce psychological stress.


Adjusting Diet:


Avoid spicy and irritating foods such as chili peppers, Sichuan peppercorns, ginger, garlic, coffee, and alcohol, as these can irritate the urethra and exacerbate inflammatory responses and pain symptoms.


Reduce your intake of high-sugar and high-fat foods. These can increase the sugar and fat content in urine, creating favorable conditions for bacterial growth.


Consume more vitamin C-rich foods such as oranges, lemons, strawberries, kiwifruit, and broccoli. Vitamin C has antioxidant properties and can enhance immunity, helping to promote the recovery of urethritis.


Additionally, eat foods with diuretic properties, such as watermelon, winter melon, cucumber, and mung beans, to help increase urine output, flush the urethra, and expel bacteria and inflammatory secretions.


Pay Attention to Personal Hygiene:


Before going to bed, wash the genital area with warm water (women should wash from front to back) to keep the area clean and dry.


Avoid irritating cleansers or soaps that disrupt the normal flora and pH balance around the urethra. Mild disinfectant solutions can be used under a doctor's guidance if necessary.


Moreover, change underwear frequently and choose cotton, breathable underwear. Avoid tight-fitting or synthetic underwear to reduce friction and irritation of the urethra. During an episode of urethritis, washing underwear with boiling water and sun-drying it to achieve disinfection and sterilization is best.


If the symptoms of urethritis are severe, relying solely on the mentioned methods may not provide effective relief. In such cases, medication treatment is required:


Antibiotics are commonly used to treat urethritis, but the type of antibiotic, dosage, and treatment course must be determined based on the kind of urethritis, the specific pathogens, and the patient's situation. Therefore, it is essential to use antibiotics correctly under the guidance of a doctor and not to self-medicate or alter the dosage arbitrarily.


For recurrent or chronic urethritis, the Diuretic and Anti-inflammatory Pill has better treatment effects. The pill clears heat and detoxifies, promotes blood circulation, relieves pain, and promotes urination. It can help alleviate symptoms such as frequent urination, urgency, and pain caused by urethritis.



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