What is urinary burning?

Urinary burning is pain that is felt when urine is being expelled from the bladder. The symptoms may be constant or variable and may improve or worsen depending on body function and movement. The pain may be described as a raw sensation or a stinging feeling and can range in intensity from mild to severe. Urinary burning may be accompanied by pain or difficulty when urinating (dysuria), feeling a constant need to urinate (urgency), or blood in the urine (hematuria).

There are many potential causes of urinary burning. Urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, and sexually transmitted diseases, such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea or herpes, are common causes. Urinary burning will also occur if you experience damage or injury to any of the structures of the urinary tract, including the kidney, bladder, urethra or ureter. Injury or trauma could also be a result of sexual abuse.

Urinary burning can be caused by pain and discomfort in the vulva (vulvodynia) or by diseases or conditions of the reproductive system that affect the vulva (external genitalia). Urine content may also cause burning when urinating and can be the result of eating acidic or spicy food or drinking caffeine or alcohol.

Seek prompt medical care

for symptoms including bloody or pink-colored urine (hematuria), dysuria (difficulty urinating), urinary retention, or high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit).Seek prompt medical care if you are being treated for urinary burning but mild symptoms recur or are persistent.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with urinary burning?

Urinary burning may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the urinary tract may also involve other body systems.

Urinary symptoms that may occur along with urinary burning

Urinary burning may accompany other symptoms affecting the urinary tract including:

CAUSES

What causes urinary burning?

Infections, inflammation, and trauma are all causes of urinary burning.

Infectious causes of urinary burning

Urinary burning may be caused by infections including:

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Kidneys and the Urinary System


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