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Non- Specific Urethritis (NSU) is a condition which causes inflammation of the urethra. Because this condition can be caused by a number of different causes it is categorised under the umbrella heading of non-specific urethritis. The two most common causes of NSU are Mycoplasma Genitalium and Ureaplasma.
You can be infected with NSU and have no noticeable symptoms. These symptoms, however, have have been seen in people with NSU:
Ureaplasma and Mycoplasma Genitalium are tiny bacteria that live inside the human body. Normally they will not cause any symptoms. There are occasions, however, particularly if you are ill or feeling stressed, when they begin to multiply much faster than usual. This can lead to an inflammation of the urethra.
Yes, it is easy to test for Mycoplasma Genitalium and Ureaplasma either by using a urine test or a swab test using PCR technology.
Azithromycin is the antibiotic usually antibiotic prescribed for NSU. It has, however, been shown that a 1000mg single dose of Azithromycin does not have a satisfactory success rate in treating NSU and can allow antibiotic resistance to develop. Therefore a 5-day course of Azithromycin for NSU is normally prescribed and this usually has a good success rate. If the patient is unable to tolerate Azithromycin then a seven to fourteen day course of 100mg Doxycycline will be prescribed.