Do you feel burning at the tip of urethra? If yes, then it denotes urinary tract infection or sexually transmitted diseases which can be chlamydia or gonorrhoea. Urethra is a tube which runs from the bladder through the penis in males. For females, it runs from bladder through the pelvis. The urethra will carry urine from the bladder outside your bodyThe common causes include UTIs and non-STI-related inflammation of urethra which is called urethritis.
Mostly, the burning at the tip of urethra occurs from bacteria that enter into the urethra. Here are some causes for it:
When you have urinary tract infection or UTI, the bacteria makes their way to the bladder where they will multiply and then spread through urinary system of your body. Some people might develop a UTI after anal, oral or vaginal sex which can expose urethra to bacteria.
Females can possibly get an UTI when it is being compared to men as urethra is shorter than men. Any kind of bacteria which enters urethra requires travelling a short distance before reaching bladder where it spreads through the urinary tract.
Urethritis or inflammation of urethra occurs due to an STI. But the irritation of the tip of urethra may lead to urethritis. Common irritants are the following:
Improper hygiene may be the reason for urethritis. It can be caused due to physical damage to your urethra from masturbation, intercourse or medical procedures like insertion of catheter.
Kidney stones are minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys and shift through the urinary tract. Kidney stones happen due to dehydration, infection or improper diet, or infection. Genetics has an important role in whether or not a person has kidney stones.
Sometimes these stones make it to the tip of the urethra during urination. These can be painful to pass, particularly if they are large in size.
Urethral stricture, also known as scarring, narrows urethra and may lead to infection or inflammation that causes burning sensation at the tip. Some causes of the buildup of scar tissue in the urethra are:
For men, prostatitis or swelling of the prostate gland may be the reason for burning at the tip of urethra. But some males may develop prostatitis due to a bacterial infection or nerve damage into the lower urinary tract.
Some kinds of treatment for prostate cancer may lead to burning sensation into the urethra. As per studies, 16 percent of the survivors of prostate cancer suffer from pain in the urethra five years after the last treatment. Most males experiencing urethra pain had obtained brachytherapy that delivers radiation directly into a tumor.
Here are some symptoms you may expect when you suffer from burning sensation in the tip of your urethra:
Some symptoms of a UTI consist of the following:
UTIs affecting specific parts of the urinary system may cause other symptoms such as:
Females with urethritis do not show any symptoms but males will probably reveal the signs within days to a month after the infection, or any exposure to irritants.
Common symptom can be pus which comes out of penis or urethra which gets smelly. Males having urethritis may suffer from swelling and pain in either one or both of the testicles and some kind of irritation in the penis.
Other symptoms of kidney stones are the following:
Urethral stricture is common in males than females. Other symptoms are the following:
Other symptoms of prostatitis consist of the following:
Some side effects of prostate cancer treatments are:
The common STIs to cause burning at the tip of the urethra are chlamydia and gonorrhea. But there is a less-known STI that can lead to the symptoms known as non-gonococcal urethritis or NGU. This common STI leads to inflammation of the urethra and burning sensation. Females usually do not face these symptoms while males may experience:
The doctor asks some questions to understand your medical history. He/she will enquire about sexual past and if or not anybody in your family suffered from kidney stones.
He will conduct a physical examination to detect for signs of infection like fever. Then he will probably run some diagnostic tests to check for any abnormal results that may point them an answer. Some of these include:
Based on the diagnosis, he may refer you to a specialist such as gynecologist or obstetrician for treating the cause of your symptoms.
The treatment for burning sensation at the tip of the urethra will differ based on the cause.
You are given a course of antibiotics or may remain at the hospital for your intravenous antibiotics when you suffer from severe infection.
You have to take antibiotics course when there is an infection. You may take medications to get rid of pain as long as you do not have other problems such as liver disease, ulcer, kidney disease or take medications for thinning blood. Your doctor might tell to:
For small stones, the treatment includes:
For larger stones, the doctor may ask for:
Several things can be done to prevent this condition which includes:
Certain medications can help in this regard which are:
If your doctor suggest, then you can pause the treatment for prostate cancer. Find out appropriate treatment and anti-inflammatory medicines for the disease.
When there is burning at the tip of urethra, this is generally a cause for concern whether or not it has occurred from an STI. If the symptoms seem to last for more than a few days, or have other unusual symptoms, then it is advised to see a doctor immediately from your nearest private STI clinic.
For burning at the tip of urethra accompanied with extreme pain at the back, sides, abdomen and you have nausea, fever or chills, seek emergency help to find out signs of severe infection.