Dysuria or Burning Sensation

Pelvis | Urology | Dysuria or Burning Sensation (Symptom)


Dysuria is the feeling of pain, burning, or discomfort upon urination. This is typically described to be a burning or stinging sensation.


Dysuria is usually caused by inflammation of the urethra, frequently as a result of infection, or obstruction of the urinary tract. Laboratory examination of the urine may reveal the presence of blood, bacteria, or WBC’s.

It may also be due to an 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 Parkinsons disease.

The symptoms may be constant or variable and may improve or worsen depending on body function and movement. The pain may be described as a raw sensation or a stinging feeling and can range in intensity from mild to severe. Urinary burning may be accompanied by pain or difficulty when urinating (dysuria), feeling a constant need to urinate (urgency), or blood in the urine (hematuria).