Common symptoms of male urinary problems include inability to urinate, pain or burning during urination, blood in the urine, and a sudden, urgent need to urinate, reports WebMD. Some urinary problems manifest several of these symptoms and are easily diagnosed while others present only one symptom, making diagnosis more difficult.
Experiencing a painful burning during urination is called dysuria and is the most common symptom of a urinary tract infection, according to WebMD. When viruses or bacteria multiply within the bladder they excite inflammation of the bladder wall resulting in pain as the bladder is filled and evacuated. The urethra, the tube urine passes through after leaving the bladder, can also become infected or irritated and cause painful urination. Pain or burning while urinating is not necessarily the result of an infection. Soap or other foreign substances can irritate the urethra and lead to painful urination.
Hematuria, or blood in the urine, is another symptom indicative of a urinary tract infection, according to Mayo Clinic. A kidney infection, a bladder or kidney stone, and an enlarged prostate gland will also cause blood to appear in the urine. Enlargement of the prostate also produces other urinary symptoms including difficult urination and sudden, frequent urges to urinate. Treatment of male urinary symptoms varies depending on the cause, asserts WebMD.
Treatments are available for men experiencing discomfort or difficulty from these symptoms, assures the Better Health Channel. More serious urinary symptoms call for a trip to the doctor. These include painful urination, blood in the urine, discharge from the penis, the inability to urinate or severe urinary incontinence (the inability to hold in the urine).