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Alternative Names Return to topDysuria; Painful urination
Definition Return to top
Painful urination describes any pain, discomfort, or burning sensation during urination.
Considerations Return to top
Pain on urination is a fairly common problem. It is most often caused by an infection somewhere in the urinary tract.
Causes Return to top
Home Care Return to top
Follow prescribed therapy.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call your health care provider if:
What to Expect at Your Office Visit Return to top
Your health care provider will perform a physical examination and ask questions about your symptoms and medication history, such as:
A urinalysis will be done. A urine culture may be ordered. If you have had a previous bladder or kidney infections, a more detailed history and physical are needed, and extra laboratory studies may be necessary. A pelvic exam and examination of vaginal fluids are necessary if a female has a vaginal discharge. Men who have penile discharge will need to have a urethral swab done.
Treatment depends on what is causing the pain.
See:Update Date: 10/2/2008 Updated by: Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.