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If you experience a  burning sensation while peeing, you might have a urinary tract infection (UTI). UTIs commonly show symptoms like a frequent urge to urinate, painful urination, and a feeling that your bladder has not been emptied even after urinating.1


Apart from a urinary tract infection, you may also have a burning sensation while peeing if you have warts or sores in your genital regions. You can have these warts and sores due to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). So, ignoring a burning sensation when peeing is never a good idea! 2


Urinary tract infections are bacterial infections that can occur anywhere in the urinary tract, including the urethra (where urine comes out), ureter (the tube that carries urine), bladder (which stores urine), and kidneys. Bacteria that enter the urinary system through the urethra may crawl up and settle in any portion of the urinary system; and start doubling in number, which causes a full-blown infection. Women are more at risk for UTI than men because they have a shorter urethra when compared to men. As a result, bacteria can travel faster and spread infection in women! 3


According to Johns Hopkins, the standard treatment for a UTI is five days of antibiotics. Painkillers can help relieve the discomfort caused by painful urination or a burning sensation. You can use a soothing, pH-balanced intimate wash (no fragrance) that can provide instant relief when you contact your doctor for medical advice.  Home remedies for UTIs, such as cranberry juice, have not been scientifically proven to help treat or prevent UTIs. It's a good idea to drink lots of water if you have a UTI or anything like pain while passing urine. Drinking plenty of water helps to flush out the bad bacteria that may be causing the pain while peeing. As a result, staying hydrated can significantly reduce the risk of Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs).


A urine sample may be required to diagnose the presence of infection and also determine if the UTI is resistant to any antibiotic varieties. Following this, the doctor will usually advise you to begin your course of antibiotics. It is essential not to ignore a UTI because, if left untreated, it can develop into a more serious infection.4


If your doctor suspects a sexually transmitted infection is causing your burning sensation in the urine, they will order blood tests, urine tests, and a genital swab. This will help identify the infection and treat it appropriately!


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