Q: Hello doctor I do urinate frequently and I am not pregnant, My stomach pains me. What could be the cause and what can be used to treat toilet infection?
A: Frequent urination may actually be due to the simple fact that you’re drinking way too much fluid. However, where this is not the case, it is likely to be due to a health problem.
Some causes of frequent urination include:
- Sexually Transmitted Infections as you have already noted.
- Some medications
- Drinks that contain caffeine, alcohol etc
- Infections that along the urinary tract or changes to the bladder
- Infection or enlargement of the prostate
- Disease conditions like Diabetes Mellitus etc
- Some cancer treatment eg radiation treatment for the lower abdomen
If this is due to excessive fluid intake, limiting this will help. If this symptom is associated with others like difficulty with urination, pain during urination, passing out bloody urine, incomplete emptying of bladder when urinating etc, please see your doctor ASAP.
So, I suggest that you just go and see your doctor. He will take a good history, examine you and order some investigations. The treatment of course will depend on the cause of the problem.
On toilet disease…
This entity called toilet disease is a well-known one, especially in Nigeria, but does not exist anywhere except in our imaginations 😀 Seriously!!! I would love to meet that person who caught a Sexually Transmitted Infection from a toilet seat. The reasons are 1) these infections hardly survive for long outside of the human body and 2) the cold and hard toilet seat is not a great medium for the germs to really grown and multiply. They are also not found in urine. Theoretically, if this is deposited on the toilet seat and one sits down on it immediately and this person has cuts and abrasions on their buttocks, perhaps this can happen. But the odds of this ever happening is seriously negligible…particularly because so many conditions will need to be satisfied! I think that going into the toilet, we should be more worried about observing personal hygiene eg washing our hands and drying thoroughly before leaving.
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