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Is There An Autoimmune Urethritis
The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more
Usually: Urethritis means infection of the urethra, which is the tube that comes from your bladder and allows you to urinate. Urethritis is often due to a bacterial infection, which can be eradicated with antibiotics. If you are having pain or burning with urination, or discharge from the urethra, you might consider seeing a physician for an evaluation.
NSU, also known as…: …ngu (non-gonococcal urethritis) is most often a disease transmitted by vaginal/oral/ anal sex; may involve chlamydia, trichomonas, or herpes. Occasionally urethritis can be caused by friction (intercourse or masturbation), detergents/ soap, or excess alcohol. Diagnosis reached by eliminating possible causes.
Usually not: Prostatitis primarily causes pain or discomfort in the low abdomen, back, rectum, testicles, etc, often hard to pinpoint the exact location; sometimes urinary frequency or urgency; usually no discharge. Urethritis primarily causes discharge of pus or mucus from the penis, sometimes with painful urination, usually without urinary symtoms or the kind of pain from prostatitis.
Yes: Prostatitis affects the prostate gland, a pelvic organ responsible for semen production. Urethritis affects the urethra. Bacteria causing the 2 differ; urethritis is more often a sexually transmitted infection (but not always). Prostatitis is usually caused by the same bugs that cause uti's. Symptoms also differ--prostatitis is usaually a deep pain, urethritis is burning and penile discharge.
Anatomic.: Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate, usually due to infection. Urethritis is inflammation of the urethra, the outlet to the bladder. The difference it one of anatomic location, but there is overlap in the infectious agents that cause them. E. Coli & proteus; common causes of urinary tract infections, can cause both. Stds such as gonnorrhea & chylamydia are also common causes of urethritis.