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What does it mean if a man has cloudy urine?

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Urinary tract infections and kidney stones can cause cloudy urine in men, according to Mayo Clinic. Women are at greater risk of developing a urinary tract infection, but men can still get them. Kidney stones have many causes and may become very painful.

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Symptoms of kidney stones include severe pain in the back or sides, pain when urinating, nausea and inability to urinate, reports Mayo Clinic. Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include a strong urge to urinate, a burning sensation when urinating and rectal pain in men. A urinary tract infection can affect any area of the urinary tract including the kidneys, bladder or urethra.

Whether a man suspects a urinary tract infection or kidney stones, he should see a doctor as soon as possible, explains Mayo Clinic. Antibiotics are typically used to treat a urinary tract infection and most of them clear up within a matter of days. For men who have urinary tract infections that reoccur or for those that are severe, stronger medications may be used.

If a man has a kidney stone, treatment may be a bit more involved, but many stones pass by themselves claims Mayo Clinic. If a kidney stone is large or does not move, ultrasound therapy or surgery may be required.

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