Burning Urination

Burning Urination Symptoms & Signs

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Burning urination or painful urination is also referred to as dysuria. A burning sensation with urination can be caused by infectious (including sexually transmitted infections, or STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea) and noninfectious conditions, but it is most commonly due to bacterial infection of the urinary tract affecting the bladder. It is often accompanied by other symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTI), such as dysuria (painful urination) or blood in the urine, and it can occur after intercourse in women when infection is present. Burning or painful urination during pregnancy is also suggestive of a urinary tract infection.

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REFERENCE:

Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.

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Causes of Burning Urination
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      Bladder Infection (Cystitis) Article
      • What is a bladder infection?
      • What causes bladder infections?
      • What are some risk factors for bladder infection?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of a bladder infection in women?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of a bladder infection in men?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of a bladder infection in children?
      • How is a bladder infection diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for a bladder infection?
      • Are home remedies effective for a bladder infection?
      • How is a bladder infection during pregnancy treated?
      • What are potential complications of a bladder infection?
      • Can bladder infections be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis for a bladder infection?
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      Chlamydia in Women Article
      • What is chlamydia?
      • What causes chlamydia?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of chlamydia?
      • How is chlamydia diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for chlamydia?
      • What is the prognosis for chlamydia?
      • Can chlamydia be prevented?
    • Interstitial Cystitis (IC) Interstitial cystitis (IC)/painful bladder syndrome (PBS) is an inflammatory disease of the bladder that can cause ulceration and...learn more »
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      Interstitial Cystitis (IC) Article
      • Interstitial cystitis (IC)/painful bladder syndrome (PBS) facts
      • Overview of urinary function
      • What is interstitial cystitis (IC)/painful bladder syndrome (PBS)?
      • What is the cause of interstitial cystitis?
      • What are risk factors for interstitial cystitis?
      • What are interstitial cystitis symptoms and signs?
      • What types of doctors treat interstitial cystitis?
      • How is interstitial cystitis diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for interstitial cystitis?
      • Are there home remedies for interstitial cystitis?
      • Are lifestyle modifications of value in the management of interstitial cystitis?
      • What is the prognosis (outcome) of interstitial cystitis?
      • Is it possible to prevent interstitial cystitis?
      • Where can people find more information about IC/PBS?
    • Kidney Stones Kidney stones are solid masses of crystalline material that form in the kidneys. Symptoms of kidney stones can include pain,...learn more »
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      Prostatitis (Inflammation of the Prostate Gland) Article
      • Prostatitis facts
      • Prostatitis definition
      • What causes prostatitis?
      • What are the risk factors for prostatitis?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of prostatitis?
      • When should I see my doctor for prostatitis?
      • How is the diagnosis of prostatitis made?
      • What is the treatment for prostatitis?
      • What are the complications of prostatitis?
      • What is the prognosis for prostatitis?
      • Prostatitis conclusion
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Pregnancy (STDs) When you are pregnant, many sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be especially harmful to you and your baby. These STDs...learn more »
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      Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Pregnancy (STDs) Article
      • Pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, commonly called STDs
      • STDs include
      • What are the symptoms of STDs?
      • How can STDs affect my pregnancy?
      • How can I find out if I have an STD?
      • How are STDs treated in pregnancy?
      • How can I protect myself from STDs?
      • How can I prevent spreading a STD?
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Women (STD) Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are infections that are transmitted during any type of sexual exposure, including...learn more »
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      Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Women (STD) Article
      • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) definition and facts
      • What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
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      • 2. Chlamydia
      • 4. Syphilis
      • 5. Genital herpes
      • 6. Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) and genital warts
      • 7. Chancroid
      • 8. Pubic lice and scabies (ectoparasitic infections)
      • 9. HIV and AIDS
      • 10. Hepatitis B
      • 11. Hepatitis C
      • 12. Zika virus
      • Which specialties of doctors treat STDs in women?
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      STDs in Men Article
      • STDS in men: Common infections and facts
      • What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
      • Who is at risk for STDs?
      • What causes STDs in men?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of STDs in men?
      • List of STDs in men
      • 1. Chlamydia
      • 2. Gonorrhea
      • 3. Trichomoniasis
      • 4. HIV
      • 5. Genital herpes
      • 6. Genital warts (HPV)
      • 7. Hepatitis
      • 8. Syphilis
      • 9. Zika virus
      • Which specialties of doctors treat STDs in Men?
      • How are STDs in men diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for STDs in men?
      • What is the prognosis for STDs in men?
      • Can STDs in men be prevented?
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      Trichomoniasis Article
      • Trichomoniasis facts*
      • What is trichomoniasis?
      • How do you get trichomoniasis?
      • Who gets trichomoniasis?
      • What are the signs and symptoms of trichomoniasis?
      • Is there a test to diagnose trichomoniasis?
      • What is the treatment to cure trichomoniasis?
      • What can happen if trichomoniasis is not treated?
      • What should I do if I have trichomoniasis?
      • Does trichomoniasis affect pregnancy?
      • Can I take medicine to cure trichomoniasis if I am breastfeeding?
      • How can I prevent from getting trichomoniasis?
      • Can women who have sex with women get trichomoniasis?
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      • Urethral stricture facts
      • What is the urethra?
      • What is a urethral stricture?
      • What are the risk factors and causes of urethral strictures?
      • What are the symptoms and signs of a urethral stricture?
      • What type of doctor treats urethral obstruction?
      • How do physicians diagnose urethral strictures?
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      • What is the treatment for urethral strictures?
      • What surgical options are available for urethral strictures?
      • How are urethral strictures followed after repair?
      • What is the recovery period after surgery to repair a urethral stricture?
      • Is it possible to prevent a urethral stricture?
      • What is the prognosis for urethral stricture?
    • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the bladder, kidneys, ureters, or urethra. E. coli, a type of bacteria that...learn more »
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      • What is a urinary tract infection (UTI)?
      • What are causes and risk factors for a urinary tract infection?
      • Are urinary tract infections contagious?
      • What are urinary tract infection symptoms and signs?
      • When should people seek medical care for a UTI?
      • How do health care professionals diagnose a urinary tract infection?
      • What kinds of doctors treat urinary tract infections?
      • Are there home remedies for a urinary tract infection?
      • What is the treatment for a urinary tract infection?
      • How long does a UTI last after treatment with antibiotics?
      • What follow-up is needed for a urinary tract infection?
      • Is it possible to prevent a urinary tract infection?
      • What is the prognosis of a urinary tract infection?
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Other Causes of Burning Urination
  • Chemical Irritation (Such As From Soaps, Bubble Baths, and Spermicides)
  • Trauma, Foley Catheter
  • Vulvitis


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