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Causes of urinary retention and its solutions

 Urinary retention is a condition that makes the sufferer unable to empty the bladder completely and often feels compelled to urinate, and urinary retention affects both women and men, but it is more common in men, especially as they age, as research has shown that Men are 10 times more likely to develop urinary retention than women.


Symptoms of urinary retention:

The symptoms that a patient with urinary retention faces include the following:

  1. Feeling of pain in the lower abdomen.
  2.  Urinating frequently, up to eight or more times a day.
  3. Waking up several times during the night to urinate.
  4.  Urine leaks from the bladder during the day. Difficulty starting urination.
  5.  Weak or cut urethra.
  6.  The need to urinate again immediately after finishing urination.
  7.  Not knowing when the bladder is full.



A quick fix for urinary retention:

 Resolve acute urinary retention:

Acute urinary retention is considered one of the urgent health problems that require rapid medical intervention, and perhaps the first method that a doctor may resort to in this case is to insert a catheter into the bladder and allow urine to exit, and it can be said that this method is the fastest and easiest to solve the problem of urinary retention. On the other hand, this method may not be effective in solving the problem in some cases, and then, the doctor resorts to the introduction of a small tube through the skin through the wall of the bladder; Until the pooled urine is eliminated.


Resolve chronic urinary retention:

 There are a number of methods that can be done to solve the problem of chronic urinary retention, including, urethral expansion, and is done by inserting a tube attached to the end of a small balloon, which is filled with air inside the urethra. Catheterization: The patient's condition may require intermittent catheterization or for a long period, depending on the amount of response to other treatment methods, and a urethral stent, where a tube called (a stent) is inserted into the urethra; To expand the narrowing in it, as it is done through surgical treatment, there are a number of surgical options that may be resorted to in the treatment of urinary retention, including surgery to treat vesicular hernia, or rectal hernia, tumor surgery, cancer, and prostate surgery.

 Drug treatment:

Where there are a number of treatment options that may be resorted to in the case of urine retention, including:

 Medicines that relax the prostate and urethral sphincter. Antibiotics, or other medicines that are used in cases of cystitis, prostatitis, or urinary tract infection.

Medicines used in the treatment of an enlarged prostate, either by stopping its growth, reducing its size, or reducing urine retention, including: Finasteride and Dutasteride.


Home solutions:

Where there are a number of home methods that can be followed to alleviate the problem of urine retention, including:

Pain-relieving drugs:

 Where it can be taken in conjunction with antibiotics that are used in the treatment of infection and inflammation of the bladder, as analgesics help relieve stomach pain, and among these drugs, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, peppermint oil, where a few drops of peppermint oil are placed on the water used in the toilet; To take advantage of the rising steam, and it is worth noting the need to avoid applying peppermint oil directly to the skin without diluting it with water, and the large nettle plant where this plant can be used; To relieve the symptoms of enlarged prostate, which is associated with urinary retention, and dandelion: where the dandelion plant is used in the treatment of cystitis; Due to its anti-inflammatory properties.


Causes of urinary retention:

Where there are some causes, and factors that may lead to the occurrence of urinary retention, and here are some of them:

  • The male prostate gland is infected or has an enlargement.
  • In women with a cystocele problem.
  • Performing surgeries, as drugs taken before or during surgery cause urine retention in the patient.
  •  Neurological disorders that affect the process of urination, such as those that occur as a result of diabetes or exposure to a stroke.
  •  Taking certain types of drugs that affect the bladder muscles, such as antihistamines, certain types of high blood pressure drugs, muscle relaxants, and hormone therapy.

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