Dysuria (Painful urination)

What is dysuria?
Dysuria (Painful urination)

Dysuria or painful urination is feeling pain or a burning sensation while peeing (urinating). Both men and women can experience dysuria. It’s more common in women. Dysuria or painful urination may cause urinary tract infections.

How bad is my dysuria?

Mild: You have mild pain. Most of the time, it can be safely managed at home

Moderate: It involves moderate pain; limiting instrumental activities of daily life (preparing meals, managing money, shopping, doing housework, and using a telephone). It can be safely managed at home but may require the attention of your medical team.

Severe: You have severe pain; limiting self-care activities of daily life (eating, dressing, getting into or out of a bed or chair, taking a bath or shower, and using the toilet). It may be an emergency and require additional medical interventions or hospitalization in some cases.

How to manage mild dysuria?
  • Increase intake of fluids. Drink two to three liters of water every day.
  • Change the soiled urinary incontinence pad, if you are using one.
  • After urinating, take some new tissue and wipe away any urine from the inside of your vaginal lips.
  • Avoiding the use of harsh soaps or other chemical products near the genitals that could potentially lead to irritation.
  • Resting and taking medications as directed by physician can relieve most symptoms.
How to manage moderate and severe dysuria?

It is a symptom that causes a burning sensation, pain, blood in urine, unusual discharge from the penis/ vagina, and discomfort. Contact your healthcare provider if you feel discomfort while urinating. It’s important to determine if the symptom is related to a urinary tract infection or another medical cause.

What causes dysuria?

Painful urination in women can be the result of:

Painful urination in men may be the result of:

  • Urinary tract infection
  • Cancer
  • Other infections (diverticulosis and diverticulitis).
  • Prostate disease

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