Dysuria is the name given to a burning and/or painful sensation during urination, and it can be a symptom of many different conditions. The complaint of a burning sensation while urinating is actually quite a common one in men and is usually a sign of an infection, but in conjunction with other symptoms could be a sign of something more dangerous.
Before we begin our brief discussion of the causes and potential associated symptoms of dysuria in men, we recommend you visit a urologist if you suffer from persistent dysuria. We recommend aurologist in Islamabad in particular, if accessible. That being said, let’s delve into some of the conditions that might be signalled by this symptom.
Most frequently the cause of the burning sensation in men, urethritis is an inflammation of the urethral tube, and is often caused by a bacterial infection. The dysuria in this case may be accompanied by an irritation or burning at the opening of the penis, and urethral discharge. If the cause of the urethritis is found to be a bacterial infection, anti-biotics may help treat it in a matter of days.
A result of minerals in concentrated urine crystallising in the bladder, these small masses cause great pain not just in the penis during urination, but also persistently in the lower abdomen. Bladder stones can cause damage to the urethral tube and lead to blood in the urine, and if they do not pass in the urine, they may lead to a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection), and worsening physical pain. Hence, it may become necessary to undergo surgery to remove them.
Urinary Tract Infection
Different from urethritis, UTIs are characterised by infections of any part of the urinary system – from the kidneys to the urethra. They may be accompanied by general symptoms of frequent passing of small amounts of urine, strong-smelling and blood coloured urine, and cloudy urine. However, depending on the exact kind of UTI, more specific symptoms may present themselves, like nausea when the kidneys are affected. If the infection persists over a long period of time, one may develop sepsis, potentially leading to organ damage, so it is imperative that you begin treatment of a UTI as soon as possible.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
STDs are diverse and have varying symptoms in addition to dysuria, and so it becomes necessary to discuss some prevalent diseases that come under this classification.
- Gonorrhoea: This disease is caused by a bacterial infection and may affect areas other than the penis. Other symptoms include pus-like discharge from the penis opening, and pain or swelling in one testicle.
- Genital Herpes: Caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV), this disease is characterised by itching and sores in the genital region, though not necessarily. You may also see blisters or red bumps that could turn into painful ulcers. Accompanying symptoms include a flu-like onset and fever, and muscle aches.
- Chlamydia trachomatis: A disease caused by bacteria by the same name, its symptoms also include testicular pain and urethral discharge.
Though it’s important to be aware of the signs of greater problems like STDs that may be signalled by dysuria, we do not recommend diagnosing and attempting to treat oneself. Dysuria may not be a symptom of a dangerous disease, and treatment must be specific and proportionate.
Urologists are your go-to if you have persistent dysuria, and we recommend these urologists in Lahore in particular. If not these, you should contact any urologist that works for you.