Burning on Urination

Pelvis | Urology | Burning on Urination (Symptom)


Pain or discomfort that occurs when urine is being excreted through urethra is medically known by the term of dysuria. The pain is usual characterized by a burning sensation. Sometimes it is preceded by difficulty in starting urine flow. If pain after the flow has ceased with a strong desire to continue, the condition is called strangury.


It is most often a result of a urinary tract infection. It may also be caused due to a sexual transmitted disease (STD), bladder stones, bladder tumours, and virtually any condition of the prostate. It can also occur as a side effect of anticholinergic medication used for Parkinson's disease. The most common cause, especially for women, is cystitis.

Other causes include a bladder tumours, bladder stone, urethritis, balanitis, prostatitis, vaginal candidiasis (thrush), or allergy to vaginal deodorants. Strangury is usually caused by spasm of an inflamed bladder wall, but it may be due to bladder stones. Mild discomfort when passing urine may be caused by highly concentrated urine. Other causes may be kidney stones, sexual transmitted diseases, prostatic cancer, hypotension, some medicine and drugs, mass in the abdomen, chemical agents such as soap, tampons, and toilet paper.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Dysuria may be investigated by physical examination, urinalysis, urography, or cystoscopy. Treatment depends on what is causing the pain.


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