Dysuria (Painful Urination) Treatment

Painful urination is a common indication for a urinary tract infection, but may also indicate the presence of a sexually transmitted disease, kidney stones, tumors or a prostate condition.  Most often a bacterial infection causes inflammation that triggers the pain.  Bacteria can present from soaps, bubble baths, spermicides, douches and unclean wiping habits.


  • Burning sensation or slowness during urination
  • Blood in the urine or itchy vaginal discharge
  • Upper back pain with fever and chills

Who is at risk?

Dysuria occurs mostly in the 24-55 age group.  Physical activities such as cycling or horseback riding can trigger symptoms.  Sexual intercourse may also introduce contaminates that may result in dysuria.


Physicians will prescribe antibiotics if infection is detected.  In general, keep the area clean and dry.  Women should change feminine products frequently and limit products used in the bathtub.  Bubble baths should be avoided in children, as they are a frequent cause of burning with urination and urinary infections, especially in females.

Emergency Warning Signs: When should I see a doctor?

Dysuria should be evaluated by your physician to expedite treatment.  Pain in the upper back accompanied by fever are signs of kidney infection and must be evaluated immediately to avoid severe illness.

Treatment for dysuria (painful urination) is available now at Newport Urgent Care in Newport Beach, CA.

For more information on dysuria, see the following websites:

WiseGeek on What Causes Dysuria?

EverydayHealth on Prevention of Dysuria

Dysuria in Pregnancy

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