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Burning pain with urination (dysuria) is a common symptom of a urinary tract infection or other urinary problems. The bladder may become inflamed. This can cause pain when the bladder fills and empties. You may also feel pain if the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body (urethra) gets irritated or infected.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) also may cause pain when you urinate.
Sometimes the pain can be caused by things other than an infection. The urethra can be irritated by soaps, perfumes, or foreign objects in the urethra. Kidney stones can cause pain when they pass through the urethra.
The cause may be hard to find. You may need tests. Treatment for painful urination depends on the cause.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: October 18, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo MD - Internal Medicine
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