7 Reasons to Visit an Urgent Care for Painful Urination

7 Reasons to Visit an Urgent Care for Painful Urination 150 150 Tony Guo

7 Reasons to Visit an Urgent Care for Painful Urination

Painful urination, sometimes referred to as dysuria, is defined as the discomfort or pain associated with urination. It’s often accompanied by burning sensations, as well as the feeling that you aren’t emptying your bladder completely during each visit to the toilet. The causes of painful urination can vary from benign conditions that are completely treatable at home to those that require urgent medical attention in order to diagnose and treat them properly.

1) A urinary tract infection (UTI)
A UTI is a bacterial infection of your bladder, urethra or kidneys. The condition is common and treatable—especially with antibiotic use—but it can be severe in rare cases and even life-threatening. If you experience pain in your lower abdomen, difficulty urinating or feel constant pressure in your pelvic area, chances are you have a UTI. If left untreated, a UTI could lead to cystitis (chronic bladder inflammation) or kidney infection.

2) Frequent bathroom trips due to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common cause of painful urination. IBS affects people differently, but most patients feel cramping or sharp, sudden pain during a bowel movement. If you have frequent and urgent bathroom trips related to IBS, contact your doctor immediately. This condition could become life-threatening if left untreated.

3) Kidney stones
These occur when dissolved minerals, or salts, precipitate out of solution in a person’s urine and form crystals. When they become too large to pass through a ureter—the tube connecting a kidney with your bladder—they get stuck. Kidney stones may be as small as a grain of sand or as big as a golf ball. If left untreated, kidney stones can cause blood in urine and even renal colic: severe pain radiating from the back into other parts of your body.

4) Bladder cancer
According to a report from researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center, bladder cancer is more prevalent in men than women and accounts for about 4 percent of all cancer diagnoses each year. It’s also more common in white people than it is in African Americans or Hispanics/Latinos.

5) Prostate cancer
Common signs and symptoms of prostate cancer include trouble starting or stopping your urine stream, urinating often during the night, having a sudden urge to pee, and experiencing pain or burning during urination. If you have any of these symptoms, you might have prostate cancer. But it’s important to note that not all men with these signs and symptoms will actually have prostate cancer.

6) Sexual assault or abuse
The US Department of Justice estimates that 1 out of 6 women will experience some form of sexual assault in her lifetime. Additionally, 4% of men have reported being sexually assaulted in their lifetimes, according to RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network). If you’ve experienced sexual abuse or assault and need help at a time when it’s difficult even to think straight, calling a local urgent care clinic might be a good idea.

7) Incontinence
This is when a person has trouble controlling their urine flow. It can be caused by various medical conditions. People with long-term medical conditions may experience incontinence as a side effect of medication or due to aging, damage from childbirth or surgery, and certain types of neurological disorders.

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