Urination Pain - Male
Is this your symptom?
- Discomfort (pain, burning, or stinging) when passing urine
- May include urgency (can't wait) and frequency (passing small amounts) of urination
- Pain when passing urine can be felt in the opening where urine leaves the body or in the genital area.
- It is never normal. All men who have pain when passing urine should be seen by a doctor.
- It may be caused by an infection or other problem. Testing is needed.
- Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI): these can also cause pain when passing urine. Most men with an STI will have a discharge from the penis. It will be clear-white or yellow in color. The two main STIs that can cause this are gonorrhea and chlamydia.
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI): these are the most common cause of pain when passing urine. They include bladder infections and prostatitis.
- In younger men, it is more likely that an STI is causing their pain. In older men, a bladder or prostate infection is more likely.
Men with pain when passing urine may also have other symptoms. These may be:
- Urinate more or less than normal
- Itch, swollen, or tender genital area
- Pain with sex
- Blood in the urine or semen
- None: no pain. Pain score is 0 on a scale of 0 to 10.
- Mild: the pain does not keep you from work, school, or other normal activities. Pain score is 1-3 on a scale of 0 to 10.
- Moderate: the pain keeps you from working or going to school. It wakes you up from sleep. Pain score is 4-7 on a scale of 0 to 10.
- Severe: the pain is very bad. It may be worse than any pain you have had before. It keeps you from doing any normal activities. Pain score is 8-10 on a scale of 0 to 10.
When to Call for Urination Pain - Male
Call 911 Now
- Very weak (can't stand)
- You think you have a life-threatening emergency
Call Doctor or Seek Care Now
- Severe pain
- Fever over 100.4° F (38.0° C)
- Shaking chills
- Side (flank) or back pain
- Pain or swelling in the scrotum
- Have diabetes
- Have a weak immune system (HIV, cancer chemo, long-term steroid use, splenectomy)
- Are bedridden (nursing home patient, stroke, chronic illness, or recovering from surgery)
- Had a transplant (liver, heart, lung, kidney)
- You feel weak or very sick
- You think you need to be seen, and the problem is urgent
Call Doctor Within 24 Hours
- Blood in urine (red, pink or tea-colored)
- Pus (white, yellow) from end of penis
- All other men with pain or burning when passing urine
- You think you need to be seen, but the problem is not urgent
Care Advice for Painful Urination
- What You Should Know:
- Pain with passing urine may be caused by an infection or other problem. Testing is needed.
- There are things you can do at home to help the pain.
- Here is some care advice that should help.
Fluids: Drink extra fluids. Drink 8-10 glasses of liquids a day. This will water-down your urine and make it less painful to pass.
- SITZ Baths Twice a Day:
- Sit in warm bath water for 20 minutes, 2 times each day. This helps clean and heal the rectal area.
- If you want, you can add ¼ cup (80 grams) of table salt or baking soda to each tub of water. Stir the water until it dissolves.
- This is also called a Sitz bath.
Antibiotic Drugs: If you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), you may need antibiotics. STIs may also need to be treated with these drugs. See your doctor if you think you have a UTI or STI.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- You think you need to be seen
- You get worse
And remember, contact your doctor if you develop any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.
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