How do you get tested if you suspect of the infection?
You can test yourself for urethritis using either a urine test and/or swab test. Both tests can be carried out to ensure you are getting correct results. It is also recommended that you test yourself for chlamydia and gonorrhoea around the same time. These are the only two STIs which can cause urethritis.
How long does it take to completely recover?
Improvements in your health should be seen within a few days of starting the treatment. The infection should be completely cleared within two-weeks, maximum, though it can be as quick as a week. If the problem still persists after this time, you should get back to your doctors and enquire.
What is the best treatment for this condition?
The only treatment option you should take is a course of antibiotics with a large amount of water. The infection should cease spreading just 24 hours after the initial dose. After 72 hours, all the symptoms you were previously experiencing should fade. It is imperative that you take the exact amount of the medicine you were instructed to by your doctor. If you plan to take less than prescribed, you increase the chances of the infection returning and it could return with a resistance to the particular antibiotic you used.
What precautions can you take to prevent urethritis?
Urethritis is typically contracted by an STI. Due to this, we would say that practicing safe sex is the most effective method of preventing urethritis. This involves wearing condoms during every sexual experience, limiting the number of partners you have, and ensuring you have regular sexual health checks.
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