When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor immediately if:
- You are completely unable to
- Urination is painful and you have a fever over
100.4 °F (38 °C), chills, or body
- You have pain in the lower back, just below your rib cage
(flank pain), that is not related to an injury or
- There is blood or pus in your urine or
Call your doctor if you have painful urination and any of
the following signs of a possible
urinary tract infection or prostate infection that
last longer than 24 hours:
- A burning sensation while
- Painful ejaculation
- Problems controlling your
urination during the day or at night
Call your doctor if you have urination problems that have
developed over a few weeks or a few months and are frequent.
If urinary symptoms are minor or they don't bother you too much, and you do not have prostate cancer or a prostate infection, it may
be appropriate to try watchful waiting or home treatment. Call a doctor if your symptoms
change or get worse or if you change your mind about treatment.
Who to see
Mild and moderate urinary symptoms that are caused by
BPH can be evaluated and treated by any of the following health
If the symptoms are severe or if surgical treatment is
being considered, you probably need to see a urologist.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.