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Pain During Urination Overview

Another name for Pain During Urination is Painful Urination.

What is painful urination?
A person with painful urination has discomfort or a burning sensation during urination. The discomfort is usually caused by irritation of the bladder or urethra. The most common cause of painful urination is a urinary tract infection.

What are the symptoms of painful urination?
Symptoms that may occur with painful urination include bladder spasms, bladder tightness, bladder fullness, lower abdominal pain, pelvic pain, flank pain, lower back pain, red or pink urine, blood clots in the urine, increased urinary frequency, urinary urgency, urinary incontinence, bedwetting, and difficulty controlling the bladder.

How does the doctor treat painful urination?
Treatment for painful urination depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for painful urination may include oral antibiotics, phenazopyridine, cranberry juice, oral liquids, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 28, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Pain During Urination References
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