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Burning urination or painful urination is also referred to as dysuria. Burning sensation with urination can be caused by infectious (including sexually transmitted infections, or STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea) and noninfectious conditions, but it is most commonly due to bacterial infection of the urinary tract affecting the bladder.

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REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

Causes of Burning Urination
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Other Causes of Burning Urination
  • Chemical Irritation (Such As From Soaps, Bubble Baths, and Spermicides)
  • Trauma, Foley Catheter
  • Vulvitis


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