Urethritis is defined as the inflammation of the urethra. Urethra is a tube that carries urine from bladder to outside of the body. Urethritis results in increased urge of urination and pain while urinating. It is mainly caused due to bacterial infections that enter into urinary tract through urethra. It affects people of all the age groups. However, females are prone to develop this infection as compared to males.
- Bacterial and fungal infections. Primary infection from sexually transmitted diseases causing germs like Gonococcus, Chlamydia etc.
- E coli infection
- Intake of certain chemicals
- Fewer intake of fluids during winter season
- Stone formation in the urinary tract
- Excess intake of alcohol
- Retention of urine for a long period of time which is commonly seen in women and especially in long journeys
- Intake of excessive steroids
- Sharing of public toilets often lead to urethritis in females as infection generally spreads quickly due to short length of the urethra.
- Sharing of under garments
- Living in unhygienic conditions