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Dysuria refers to pain felt during urination. It is often described as a burning pain. Read on to learn more about dysuria and how it can be treated.

What Causes Dysuria?

Painful urination (dysuria) is often caused by a problem in the urinary tract.

Dysuria can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Such an infection can lead to conditions such as a urinary tract infection (UTI) or sexually transmitted disease. Dysuria can also be caused by sensitivity or allergy to chemicals in lotions and other products. Certain conditions, such as problems with the prostate or bladder, can also lead to dysuria. In some cases, having radiation therapy in the pelvic area can result in dysuria.

How Is Dysuria Diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms and health history. A urine test will be done. This involves giving a sample of your urine so it can be looked at under a microscope. If the urine test doesn't give your healthcare provider enough information, more tests may need to be done. Your healthcare provider will tell you more about these if they are needed.

How Is Dysuria Treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your dysuria. If it's due to a bacterial infection, antibiotics (medications that fight infection) will be given. Your healthcare provider can tell you more about your treatment options. In the meantime, your symptoms can be treated. To relieve pain, anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, may be given. Medications (analgesics) to treat pain in the urinary tract may also be given. Untreated, symptoms may get worse.

Call the healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:

  • Fever of 100.4°F or higher 

  • No improvement after three days of treatment

  • Trouble urinating because of pain

  • New or increased discharge from the vagina or penis

  • Rash or joint pain

  • Increased back or abdominal pain

  • Enlarged painful lymph nodes (lumps) in the groin



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