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When To Call a Doctor

Call your doctor immediately if:

  • You are completely unable to urinate.
  • Urination is painful and you have a fever over 100.4 °F (38 °C), chills, or body aches.
  • You have pain in the lower back, just below your rib cage (flank pain), that is not related to an injury or physical effort.
  • There is blood or pus in your urine or semen.

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:

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  • A burning sensation while urinating
  • 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.

Watchful waiting

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 professionals:

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.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: November 07, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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