Symptoms Of A Urinary Tract Infection

Burning When Peeing

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Patients with lower urinary tract infections frequently report a sensation of burning while urinating. This symptom is due to the bladder and urethra involvement associated with infections of the lower urinary tract. It occurs both inwardly and outwardly during urination. The sensation may linger for a short time afterward as well, primarily because of the reaction area is having with the bacteria. Since the bacteria is coating the urinary tract, as urea passes through it, the bacteria is spread further and responds to its presence. The bacteria, once attached to the walls of the urinary tract, causes inflammation of those sensitive walls to occur.

In addition to burning while urinating, women with this infection could experience pelvic pain, and men with lower urinary tract infections might notice some rectal pain. The burning sensation is typically most severe as the patient begins to urinate. To ease the pain of this symptom, doctors may be able to prescribe an analgesic (pain reliever) that numbs both the bladder and urethra, and most patients note a reduction in pain after starting an antibiotic to treat the underlying infection. The use of a heating pad or warm compress on the abdomen can help minimize bladder discomfort, and drinking plenty of water helps flush bacteria from the body.

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