How to Stop the Burning of a Urinary Tract Infection


Urinary tract infections cause pain and burning upon urination. If you have a urinary tract infection, your burning may be slight or severe and may become progressively worse. The burning is caused by bacteria irritating your urethra as they pass through in your urine. The urethra may also become inflamed, which contributes to the burning. To stop the burning associated with urinary tract infections, you must have the infection treated by a doctor. Not treating the infection can put you at risk for kidney damage and a severe infection, which may require hospitalization.

Things You'll Need

  • Physical examination
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Bladder numbing medication
  • Plenty of water
  • See your doctor so he can test a sample of your urine to determine which organism is causing your urinary tract infection. Your treatment will be based on what he discovers in your examination.

  • Take antibiotics. Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics for your urinary tract infection. As your infections clears up, your urinary burning will subside. Take all your antibiotics to make sure your infection completely goes away.

  • Take an anti-inflammatory medication, if recommended by your doctor. Since inflammation of your urinary tract contributes to the burning sensation, taking an anti- inflammatory medication may ease your burning. Read the label and take the medication only as directed.

  • Ask your doctor about taking a bladder-numbing medication. These are over-the-counter medications that relieve burning and bladder spasms. Keep in mind that these medications will turn your urine bright orange.

  • Drink plenty of water. Drinking water helps flush out toxins from the urinary tract and makes it easier to pass urine.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid caffeine and spicy foods. Drinks and medications that contain caffeine as well as spicy foods irritate the bladder and worsen the burning of a urinary tract infection.
  • If your urinary tract infection is accompanied by an increase in burning, blood or pus in the urine, fever, chills, nausea, or pain in the back or side, call your doctor immediately. You infection may be getting worse and will require prompt medical treatment.

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