URINARY PAIN, FEMALE
(pain, burning or stinging) when passing urine
- May include urgency (can't wait) and frequency (passing small
amounts) of urination.
- Urinary Tract Infection: Urinary tract infections are the most common cause of painful
Vaginitis: Women with vaginitis sometimes have mild pain with
urination but the main symptom of vaginitis is a new or abnormal discharge from
the vagina. Vaginitis is a general term that means "vaginal inflammation."
Vaginitis may occur because of chemical irritation (e.g. excessive douching,
or excessive use of over the counter yeast medication) or it may have an infectious
cause (e.g. trichomonas, yeast).
Sexually Transmitted Disease: Sexually transmitted diseases
(e.g. gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes) can also cause painful urination.
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WHEN TO CALL YOUR DOCTOR FOR URINARY PAIN, FEMALE
Call 911 Now (you may need an ambulance) If:
Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If:
- You feel weak
or very sick
- Can't pass urine or only
can pass few drops
- Blood in urine
- Severe pain
- Fever of 100.5 F (38.1 C) or higher
- Shaking chills
- Side (flank) or back pain is present
- Abdominal pain is present
- Have diabetes mellitus or a weakened immune system (e.g. HIV
positive, cancer chemotherapy, chronic steroid treatment, splenectomy)
- Are bedridden (e.g. nursing home patient, stroke, chronic illness,
recovering from surgery)
- Are a transplant patient (e.g. liver, heart, lung, kidney)
Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9 am
and 4 pm) If:
urination, but none of the symptoms described above
HOME CARE ADVICE FOR PAINFUL URINATION (pending talking
with your doctor)
- Fluids: Drink
extra fluids. Drink 8-10 glasses of liquids a day. (Reason: to produce a dilute,
Cranberry Juice: Drinking cranberry juice may help in fighting urinary
tract infections. Do not exceed 12 oz (Reason: too much cranberry juice can
also be irritating to the bladder).
- Call Your Doctor If:
- You become worse or develop any of the "Call Your Doctor"
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David Thompson, M.D. FACEP
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