Burning urination, also known as dysuria, is a common symptom that affects both men and women. It can be caused by various factors, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs), sexually transmitted infections (STIs), inflammation of the bladder, prostate, or urethra, kidney stones, dehydration, or irritation from certain products. Burning urination can be very uncomfortable and distressing, but there are some natural home remedies that may help you relieve the pain and discomfort. Here are some of them:
Drink plenty of water. Water is essential for flushing out bacteria and toxins from your urinary system. It also helps dilute your urine and make it less acidic, which can reduce the burning sensation. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day, or more if you have a fever or sweat a lot.
Drink cranberry juice. Cranberry juice is a well-known natural remedy for UTIs and can also help relieve symptoms such as burning urination. Cranberry juice has compounds that can prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of your bladder and urethra, making it easier for your body to eliminate them. Drink unsweetened cranberry juice or take cranberry supplements as directed by your doctor.
Drink baking soda solution.Baking soda can help neutralize the acid in your urine and reduce the inflammation in your urinary tract. Dissolve one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it once or twice a day. However, do not take too much baking soda, as it may cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Apply a warm compress. A warm compress can help soothe the area around your urethra and reduce the swelling and pain. You can use a heating pad, a hot water bottle, or a warm towel for this purpose. Place the compress on your lower abdomen or groin for 10 to 15 minutes, several times a day. Make sure the compress is not too hot to avoid burning your skin.
Use aloe vera gel or coconut oil.Aloe vera gel and coconut oil have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help heal and moisturize your skin. They can also help ease the irritation and burning sensation caused by urination. Apply some aloe vera gel or coconut oil to the opening of your urethra after urinating and gently massage it in. You can also drink aloe vera juice or add coconut oil to your smoothies or salads for extra benefits.
Try herbal teas. Some herbs have diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic effects that can help flush out bacteria and reduce inflammation in your urinary tract. Some of the herbs that may help with burning urination are parsley, dandelion, chamomile, mint, and ginger. You can brew these herbs in hot water and drink them as tea, or add some honey or lemon juice for flavor.
Avoid irritants. Some products or foods may irritate your urinary tract and worsen your symptoms. These include alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods, citrus fruits, artificial sweeteners, and perfumed products such as soap, shampoo, or detergent. Try to avoid these items until your condition improves.
These are some of the natural home remedies that may help you with burning urination. However, keep in mind that these remedies are not substitutes for medical treatment. If your symptoms persist or worsen, or if you have other signs of infection such as fever, chills, back pain, blood in urine, or foul-smelling urine, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. You may need antibiotics or other medications to treat the underlying cause of your problem.
Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)
Internal Medicine Specialist
Phone : 85000 23456