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Non-Specific Urethritis

Non-specific Urethritis (NSU) occurs only in men. It is an inflammation of the urethra (the water passage through the penis).

What are the symptoms of NSU?

  • A white, or cloudy, discharge from the tip of the penis. This discharge may only be noticeable if you squeeze or massage your urethra (the tube that urine passes through).
  • A burning, or painful, sensation when you urinate.
  • The tip of your penis may feel irritated and sore.
  • A frequent need to urinate.

Is it a sexually transmitted infection?

The most common cause of NSU is Chlamydia. However,  other bacteria can cause this inflammation too and symptoms can be caused by chemical irritation (ie perfumed soaps and shower gels) or if you consume a lot of caffeine or alcohol.

How can I test for NSU?

NSU is tested for when you present with symptoms. It involves a genital examination where a small cotton bud or plastic loop is inserted into the urethra. A urine sample is also collected. Cells from the urethra will be checked under the microscope while you wait in the clinic and is NSU is found then you will be offered treatment there and then.

How is NSU treated?

NSU is easy to treat with antibiotics. Antibiotics given for NSU will treat Chlamydia as well as any other bacteria which may be causing your symptoms. 

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