Bladder inflammation is rare in men under the age of 50. Most men suffer bladder inflammation between the 60th and 70th year of life. Statistically, one man in a hundred suffers a bladder inflammation, as he is by nature more protected from the condition. The urethra is much longer, the distance between urethral opening and anus is large and therefore, most bacteria are rendered harmless within the urethra by the local immunological defences.
The trigger for bladder inflammation in many cases is prostatic disease such as, for example, prostatic inflammation or benign prostatic hypertrophy. Affected individuals have difficulty emptying the bladder completely. Bacteria can then easily colonise residual urine, which can lead to bladder inflammation.
If persistent urge to pass water, painful ejaculation, reduced urine volume, fever and chills develop, then these symptoms may indicate prostatic inflammation.
Hypothermia, weakened immune defences or underlying illnesses such as diabetes can be predisposing factors for bladder inflammation in men.
Signs of bladder inflammation in men should always be assessed by a urologist.