Dysuria (Painful Urination): Symptoms & Causes

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Dysuria, or painful urination, is very common amongst young and middle-aged people. Studies have shown that women are more prone to this health condition than men and that almost every woman suffers from it at least once in their life.

What is Dysuria?

Dysuria can be termed as pain, burning, or difficulty caused while urinating. It is commonly caused due to bacterial infection in the urinary tract and it may reflect as inflammation of the vagina. It can also be a result of certain medications. Dysuria is not a disease in itself, but more of a symptom that may lead to different diseases. It can occur in both men and women in the age group of 18-50 years.

Symptoms of Dysuria

The symptoms of this painful condition include the following:

  • Pain or burning sensation during urination
  • Fever
  • Cloudy or dark-colored urine
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Sometimes, blood may appear in the urine

Causes of Dysuria

Let us look at the top causes for painful urination.

  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): A person who contracts UTI usually has a burning sensation during urination. This infection is caused by gram-negative or gram-positive bacteria, specifically E. coli.
  • Sexual activity: People who have a higher level of sexual activity experience a burning sensation during urinating.
  • Other factors: It can also be caused by poor hygiene. Other causes include noninfectious inflammation or trauma, neoplasm, calculi, hypoestrogenism, interstitial cystitis, or psychogenic disorders, according to the American Family Physician.

Note: Dysuria may also affect the bladder and kidneys of men. It can lead to serious problems if blood is expelled while urinating. This sort of symptom requires immediate medical attention. Make sure that the treatment is done immediately to avoid further complications, as it can be a very serious problem. It is best to seek advice from your doctor for the correct medication and care to be followed.

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Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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