Dysuria Treatment Clinic Questions and Answers
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Dysuria is the term used to describe pain or discomfort during urination and can originate in the bladder, urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the bladder) or the area surrounding the genitals called the perineum. In men, the area between the scrotum and the anus is known as the perineum; in women it is the area between the anus and the opening of the vagina.
Painful urination is very common and can be an indication of a number of medical conditions, such as:
Urinary tract infections (UTIs): can be the result of a bacterial infection or an inflammation of the urinary tract which is made up of the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys.
Women are more likely to develop UTIs than men as their urethra is shorter meaning that bacteria have less distance to travel to reach the bladder. Pregnant women or those going through menopause also have an increased risk of developing UTIs.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): Some STIs that may cause painful urination include genital herpes, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. It is important to be screened for STIs, especially those who are sexually active, as they don’t always have symptoms.
Prostatitis: is the inflammation of the prostate gland and is a primary cause of urinary burning, stinging, and discomfort in men.
Cystitis: is the name for a bladder inflammation caused by a bacterial infection and is the most common form of cystitis.
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is also known as painful bladder syndrome and is a chronic condition, producing pain, pressure and tenderness in the bladder and pelvic region. It differs from cystitis in that it is not caused by a bacterial infection and is usually accompanied by other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia. Radiation therapy can also sometimes cause bladder and urinary pain, and this is known as radiation cystitis.
Urethritis: is an inflammation of the urethra, usually caused by a bacterial infection. Urethritis causes pain while urinating and an increased urge to urinate.
Vaginitis: any condition that produces abnormal vaginal discharge, odor, irritation, itching, or burning.
Epididymitis: is the inflammation of the epididymis in the penis. It is located at the back of the testicles and stores and moves sperm from the testes.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease: (PID) can affect the fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix, and uterus and can cause pain in the abdomen, pain during sex, and painful urination, among other symptoms. It is a serious infection that is usually caused by an initial vaginal bacterial infection that then moves into the reproductive organs.
Obstructive Uropathy: is when an obstruction in the ureter (the tube that carries urine from the kidney to the bladder), the bladder, or urethra causes urine to flow back into the kidneys. Causes vary, so it’s important to seek medical help when symptoms appear. Another obstructive condition, urethral stricture, can cause narrowing in the urethra, causing similar issues with urination and pain.
Kidney Stones: can cause difficulty with urination. They are slow growing masses of hardened material located in the urinary tract and, in addition to the urinary problems, cause intense pain when they become big enough to cause an obstruction.
Medications: dysuria can be a side effect of certain medications.
Hygiene Products: such as soaps, lotions, and bubble baths used in the genital areas can sometimes cause irritation, especially to vaginal tissues. Dyes in laundry detergents and other toiletry products can also have the same effect.
Treatment for dysuria depends on its cause, so the first step is to determine whether it is caused by an infection, inflammation, dietary factors, or a problem with the bladder or prostate or other pelvic organs.
– Bacterial infections such as UTIs or STIs are usually treated with antibiotics
– Inflammation caused by an irritation to the skin (as in the case of hygiene products or detergents) is usually best treated by avoiding the cause of the irritant.
– Dysuria caused by an underlying medical condition is treated by addressing that condition.
Drinking more water or taking over-the-counter medications can help ease the pain and discomfort of dysuria. Some conditions will need prescription medications, and if you are unfortunate enough to have frequent episodes of dysuria, it is advisable to see your doctor who will help to find the cause.
Although both are urological terms, dysuria and UTI’s are not the same in that dysuria is the symptom that is produced by the UTI, i.e. one is caused by the other.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding dysuria, its causes or treatment, contact Columbia Clinic Urgent Care today! We serve patients from Portland OR, PDX, Happy Valley OR, Tigard OR, Milwaukie OR, Cedar Hills OR, Cedar Mill OR, Lake Oswego OR, Oak Grove OR, Vancouver WA, Aloha OR, Minnehaha WA, Gladstone OR, Tualatin OR, West Linn OR, Fairview OR, Oregon City OR.