How is painful urination (dysuria) treated?

Treatment for dysuria depends on the cause of the pain. Determining whether painful urination is caused by infection, inflammation, dietary factors, or a problem with the bladder or prostate is the first step in your treatment. Urinary tract infections are most commonly treated with a course of antibiotics.

Inflammation caused by irritation to the skin is usually treated by avoiding the cause of the irritant, Dysuria caused by an underlying bladder or prostate condition is treated by addressing the underlying condition.

There are several steps you can take to reduce the discomfort of painful urination, including drinking more water or taking an over-the-counter aid (such as Uristat® or AZO®) to treat painful urination. Other treatments need prescription medications.

If you suffer from frequent urinary tract infections, your doctor can help look into the underlying cause of this condition.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/27/2016.


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