Going to see a urologist might seem like a big deal, but when it’s time, it’s time. Don’t delay, do not pass go, do not collect … well, you know the rest. In all seriousness, there are some clear red flags that it’s time to see a urologist and here they are.
Urinating Frequently And Leaking Urine
These are signs of an overactive bladder or incontinence, and a urologist can treat this condition in both men and women. Lifestyle modifications, medications, and other treatments can help to improve your symptoms.
You Suspect A Kidney Stone
The telltale signs of a kidney stone include the following:
- Severe pain in the lower back on one side or the other
- Blood in the urine
- Foul smelling and cloudy urine
Don’t delay in seeking medical care if you have any of these symptoms.
You Have A Urinary Tract Infection That Won’t Go Away
A UTI is nothing to take lightly. If you have consistent burning pain while urinating and frequent urges to go, this is most likely a UTI. Antibiotics normally resolve this condition, but if the symptoms do not go away, seek medical assistance from Michael Moskowitz, MD.
It could be interstitial cystitis or a painful bladder which is a chronic condition. Anti Inflammatory drugs may be needed to clear the infection along with avoiding triggers like chocolate, alcohol, spicy foods, and caffeine.
Men who have trouble getting and maintaining an erection should see a urologist for a consultation to determine if the cause is psychological, or more likely a physical issue.
Women who experience pelvic pain and the urge to urinate should see Dr. Moskowitz.
For Men Only
Additional symptoms that should cause a man to seek the care of a urologist include the following:
- Elevated PSA
- A mass or pain in the testicles
- An enlarged prostate
- Fertility issues
Drink lots of water every day, maintain a healthy weight while eating a balanced diet, and limit caffeine and salt. These practices will help to keep your urological system healthy.