Ever felt a burning sensation when passing urine? Did you know that it could be a sign of infection? When your penis burns after urinating, there is a possibility that you have STDs (gonorrhea or chlamydia) or a bacterial infection of the urinary tract, which then affects the bladder.
Most Common Causes of Burning Sensation After Urination
Urine Tract Infection (UTI)
UTI or urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria in the urinary tract, which consists of bladder, kidneys, urethra and ureters. Normally, any bacteria in the urinary tract are expelled when you urinate. Whenever bacteria remain in the urinary tract, you can get an infection. After urine is made in the kidneys, it is passed on to the bladder through the ureters and leaves through the urethra. UTI often affects the bladder and urethra.
Treatment: As with all bacterial infections, you need to take antibiotics. If you experience burning after urination, your doctor will prescribe medication depending on the bacteria causing the infection. You can use pain killers to help relieve the pain and discomfort. Left untreated, a UTI can spread to the kidneys and lead to serious infections that can be excruciating. Make a point of seeing your doctor if you suspect you have a UTI.
As the name suggests, urethritis is an inflammation of the tube connecting the bladder to the outside of the body. This tube is called the urethra. Semen and urine pass through the urethra.
Urethritis can be caused by germs that cause UTIs or STDs. Actually, some STDs have the same symptoms as UTIs. Urethritis usually affects men between the ages of 20 to 35. It is also common in men with multiple sexual partners as well as those who engage in anal intercourse and sex without condoms.
Treatment: Urethritis can be treated using antiviral medication or antibiotics. Some common treatment options for this condition include ofloxacin, erythromycin, doxycycline and tetracycline. After successful treatment, you will no longer experience painful urination.
Since the infection can be passed on during sexual intercourse, it is important to have your partner tested and treated as well. This way, you will avoid reinfection. During the treatment period, you should avoid having sex or use a condom.
5 Easy Ways to Relieve Burning Sensation After Urination
Watch Your Diet
You should avoid eating sugary and spicy foods as they can easily irritate the bladder’s lining. They can also lead to pelvic cramps and could also burden your bladder and kidneys. You should also avoid citrus fruits and tomatoes.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking water helps cleanse your system, including the urinary tract. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks as they can cause dehydration and bladder irritation. Staying well hydrated is key to relieving penis burns after urinating.
Keep Good Hygiene
Make sure to keep your genitals clean at all times. This is especially so if you are uncircumcised. Carefully clean the area beneath the foreskin every time you take a shower. You should also clean your genitals before and after sex to get rid of harmful bacteria. Do not use oils, soap or talc around your genital area to avoid irritation.
Avoid holding in urine as much as possible. Making frequent trips to the bathroom will help ease the sensation of burning after urinating.
Have Safe Sex
Practice safe sex by wearing a condom every time. This way, you will avoid passing on the UTI to your sexual partner.