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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Painful urination

Painful urination, also known as dysuria, is a common condition that can be caused by a variety of factors. Painful urination can be a sign of an infection or inflammation in the urinary tract, and it can also be caused by certain medical conditions or certain medications.

Some of the most common causes of painful urination include:

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs): UTIs are caused by bacteria that infect the urinary tract. Symptoms of a UTI can include a burning sensation when urinating, a frequent need to urinate, and a strong, foul-smelling odor.

  • Bladder or kidney stones: These small, hard masses can form in the urinary tract and cause pain when passing through the urethra during urination.

  • Interstitial cystitis: This is a chronic condition that causes bladder pain and discomfort, as well as an urgent and frequent need to urinate.

  • Prostate infections or inflammation: Men can experience painful urination due to infection or inflammation of the prostate gland.

  • Certain medications: Some medications can cause painful urination as a side effect. These include certain antibiotics, blood pressure medications, and chemotherapy drugs.

Symptoms of painful urination can include a burning sensation or discomfort while urinating, a frequent need to urinate, and blood in the urine. In some cases, painful urination can also be accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, chills, or back pain.

If you are experiencing painful urination, it is important to speak with your doctor. They can help determine the cause of your symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment.

Treatment options may include antibiotics to treat an infection, medication to relieve pain, or surgery to remove stones or other obstructions in the urinary tract.

To prevent painful urination, it is important to practice good hygiene and to drink plenty of water to help flush out bacteria and other toxins. Avoiding tight clothing and wiping from front to back after using the toilet can also help reduce the risk of urinary tract infections.

Natural Home Remedies to decrease Painful Urination

There are several natural home remedies that may help alleviate the symptoms of painful urination. However, it's important to note that these remedies may not be suitable for everyone, especially if underlying medical conditions is present, so it's best to consult with your doctor before trying any new remedies. It's also important to note that these home remedies are not a substitute for medical treatment if the condition persists, so it's best to consult a doctor if the symptoms persist or worsen.

  1. Drinking plenty of water: Drinking water can help flush out bacteria and other toxins from the urinary tract and help reduce the risk of infections. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

  2. Cranberry juice: Cranberry juice has been shown to have natural antibacterial properties that can help prevent and treat UTIs.

  3. D-mannose: D-mannose is a natural sugar that can help prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract.

  4. Heat therapy: Applying a heating pad or warm compress to the lower abdomen can help ease pain and discomfort associated with painful urination.

  5. Herbal supplements: Certain herbal supplements such as uva ursi, goldenseal, and buchu may help reduce inflammation and pain associated with UTIs.

  6. Avoiding irritants: Some foods and drinks can irritate the bladder and make symptoms of painful urination worse. Avoiding spicy foods, caffeine, alcohol, and citrus fruits can help reduce symptoms.

  7. Probiotics: Probiotics can help balance the bacteria in the gut and urinary tract. You can take probiotic supplements or eat probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut.

  8. Yoga and meditation: Yoga and meditation can help relax the body and reduce stress. Certain yoga poses such as the seated twist, the child's pose, and the cat and cow pose can help stimulate the digestive and urinary system.

It's important to note that the effectiveness of these remedies may vary, and it's important to consult a doctor if the symptoms persist or worsen. Also, if you suspect that you have an infection, it's important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment from a doctor.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456

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