Dysuria (painful urination) is the discomfort, burning sensation, or pain experienced in the tube (urethra) that carries urine out of your bladder. Dysuria could also include any pain around the genitals area (perineum) felt while urinating. Sometimes, when you experience dysuria, the body could feel overheated.
Dysuria is not a disease in itself but is often a symptom of a disease. In women, the most common cause of painful urination is a urinary tract infection (UTI). However, in men, certain prostate disorders and urethritis could cause the painful urination. Dehydration and poor hygiene could also cause painful urination.
Other common conditions/diseases that can cause painful urination include; bladder infection, herpes infection, vulvovaginitis, bladder spasms, interstitial cystitis, prostate infection (prostatitis), sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea or chlamydia, and radiation cystitis.
As painful urination is often a symptom of a disorder, proper diagnosis is important for effective treatment. You could also take a number of home remedies to help alleviate the pain and burning sensation.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, if you are dealing with painful urination;
- Strive to drink 2 to 3 cups of coconut water daily until the pain subsides.
- As stress and anxiety could exacerbate dysuria, endeavor to include relaxation and meditation as part of your daily activities.
- Women should strive to keep their genital areas dry and clean. They should also change sanitary pads and tampons frequently.
- Women should ensure the wipe from front to back after a bowel movement.
- Women should minimize their use of vaginal soaps, douches, and vaginal sprays.
- Opt for cotton underwears as often as possible. Avoid wearing tight trousers.
- Avoid smoking and excessive consumption of alcohol.
- Avoid holding your urine for too long.
- Practice safe sex and ensure you wash before and after intercourse.
Below are various home remedies for painful urination;
1. Drink More Water
You can alleviate your painful urination problem just by increasing your water intake. Water will flush out toxins and bacteria-causing infection in your bladder and urethra to help curb your urination pain. Moreover, drinking more water can prevent worsening of your condition due to dehydration. It would also promote urination along with bringing the excessive heat in your body to normal. Along with drinking lots of water all through the day, you can also keep your body hydrated by drinking soups, juices, broths, and smoothies as well as eating water-rich vegetables and fruits.
2. Use Apple Cider Vinegar
The anti-fungal and antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar would help in inhibiting the infection that causes painful urination. Moreover, ACV also helps in restoring the natural pH level of the body and it’s also a rich source of several useful minerals such as potassium. You can drink a mixture of one tablespoon of unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar, one teaspoon of raw honey in a glass of water two times a day to get effective results. You can also mix 1-2 cups of apple cider vinegar in your bathing water and soak your body in it for 15-20 minutes at least once a day to improve your condition gradually.
3. Lukewarm Compresses
Warm compresses can help in soothing your pain caused while urination. This heat will not only reduce your pain but also reduce pressure on your bladder. Warm compresses should be applied for 5 minutes on the lower abdomen and should be repeated after waiting for some time. You can also use heating pads for this purpose.
4. Plain Yogurt
Unsweetened and plain yogurt is full of active cultures that can be helpful in curing your painful urination problem. Yogurt, being a probiotic, promotes the growth of good bacteria as well as helps inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. Along with inhibiting numerous types of infections, it also helps to maintain the pH balance of female genital organs. You can take up to 2-3 cups of plain yogurt or yogurt smoothie per day
5. Baking Soda
Painful urination can also be treated with the help of baking soda. Baking soda helps in reducing the acidity of your urine as well as the burning feeling during urination due to its alkaline nature. It also helps with balancing the pH level of your body. You could drink a solution of one teaspoon of baking soda dissolved completely in a glass of water on an empty stomach every day at least for one week.
Ginger can also help in reducing the problem of painful urination caused by infection due to ginger’s antiviral and antibacterial properties. You can take a mixture of one tablespoon of ginger paste and one tablespoon of honey at least once a day. As an alternative, you can also mix one tablespoon of the juice of ginger into a glass of plain or lukewarm water to drink it once every day. You can also drink 1-2 cup of ginger tea every day as an alternative.
Certain symptoms of painful urination can also be reduced with the help of lemon. In fact, lemon has an alkaline effect on your body even though it is acidic by nature. Moreover, lemon helps in preventing urination problem due to its strong antifungal and antibacterial properties as well as the citric acid in it. You can mix the juice of one lemon and one teaspoon of raw honey in a glass of lukewarm water to drink it regularly in the morning on an empty stomach.
8. Coriander Seeds
Painful urination or dysuria can also be eased with the help of coriander seeds. Coriander seeds protect urinary tract from infections due to its antibacterial properties. They also remove harmful toxins from your excretory system and help in normalizing your urination. They can also prevent worsening of the condition by controlling the excessive heat of your body. You should boil 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds in a cup of water for 5-10 minutes and strain it out after cooling down. Drink the resultant tea at least twice a day. As an alternative, you can also mix one tablespoon of coriander powder in three cups of water and leave it overnight in a covered container. Next morning, add some jaggery and mix it well. Take the resultant mixture thrice a day — one cup each time
Due to the diuretic nature of cucumbers, they can be used for reducing the problem of painful urination. Cucumbers help in keeping your body free from toxins and hydrated as nearly 95% of a cucumber is water. They also help in normalizing the temperature of your body due to their cooling property. For this remedy, prepare a mixture/smoothie of one cup of cucumber juice and 1 tablespoon each of lemon juice and raw honey to drink twice a day. Alternatively, you can also eat 2-3 cucumbers every day.
The good bacteria in buttermilk, as it is a good source of probiotics, can help in inhibiting dysuria-causing infections in the urinary tract. Buttermilk also helps in improving your immunity due to the numerous nutrients present in it. In order to treat dysuria, you should drink buttermilk regularly every day.
11. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds are among the most effective home remedies for dysuria. They not only help in preventing all types of infections but also help in improving the level of pH around female genital organs as well as preventing the growth of infections in your body. For this remedy, you can take half a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds with a glass of buttermilk or mix one teaspoon of fenugreek seed powder with a tablespoon of raw honey to take them at least twice a day. Alternatively, you can also soak 1 teaspoon of these seeds in a glass of water overnight and mix with a teaspoon of raw honey in the morning after straining off the seeds. Drink it in the morning on an empty stomach.
Dysuria can also be relieved by eating carrots as it heals infection along with flushing toxins and harmful bacteria from your body. By drinking its juice or eating it raw you can treat painful urination.
13. Coconut Water
Coconut water helps in treating painful urination, boosts your immunity as well as flush harmful bacteria from your body. For this remedy, drink coconut water twice a day.
14. Cranberry Juice
Another effective remedy for dysuria caused by bacterial infection is cranberry juice. Cranberry juice cleanses your bladder by expelling bacteria from it. You should drink 16-30 ounce of this juice, without adding sugar, to get better results as sugary ones may not be as effective.
15. Radish Juice
Radish inhibits dysuria-causing bacteria. You should take one tablespoon of this juice on empty stomach in the morning as your first thing to take in for the day. It would help reduce your urination pain to a great extent.
16. Basil Leaves
Basil leaves alleviate your dysuria symptoms in a natural manner. You would have to boil a few leaves of basil in a glass of water for 10-15 minutes and mix one tablespoon of raw honey after cooling it. You can drink such mixture twice a day to treat dysuria.
Dysuria can also be treated with green cardamom. You can add crushed seeds of cardamom in a glass of milk and mix them well before drinking.
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