ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How Do I Treat That Burning/Stinging Sensation When I Pee?

Updated on March 13, 2016
You need to do more than grin and bare it!
You need to do more than grin and bare it!

Urinary Tract or Vagina?

The most common cause of the burning/stinging could either be a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or Vaginal Thrush. The first thing to determine is where the symptoms are actually coming from because urinary tract infections and vaginal thrush involve two totally separate systems and therefore require very different treatments.



What is a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)?

A UTI is an infection of the urinary tract, either or a combination of, the urethra, ureters, bladder or kidneys.

Urine itself is sterile however because of a woman's anatomy, (a woman's urethra is shorter and closer to the anus), bacteria can be spread from the anus, therefore women are more prone to UTI's

Increased sexual activity can cause UTI's however if you have a new sexual partner and aren't using protection there are micro-organisms that are sexually transmitted.

Some medical conditions can put people at greater risk of contracting UTI's these include people who need to use urinary catheters, men with prostrate problems and people with diabetes. http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/what-you-need-to-know-about-utis/

Sometimes babies can also be at risk, although the only symptom may be an unexplained high fever. http://www.babycenter.com/0_urinary-tract-infection-in-babies_10910.bc





How Do I Treat A UTI?

UTI's can cause more serious problems so you are best to see your doctor if your symptoms:-

  • persist for more than day
  • if you have a fever
  • if you have blood in your urine
  • if you have had repeated bouts of symptoms
  • if it occurs with a new sexual partner
  • or if it's a child or a man

The doctor will ask you to give a urine sample to determine what type of bacteria is causing the infection so the correct antibiotic can be prescribed.

There are some over the counter remedies available.

The product Ural (available in Australia) is a urinary alkaliniser, which works by reducing the acidity in the urine therefore reducing the stinging sensation.

Cranberry supplements (the concentrated form of drinking cranberry juice). There are a number of different opinions as to how this works ranging from the antioxidant properties being helpful to cranberry reducing the adhesion of bacteria to the walls of the urinary tract and another study suggests that cranberry extracts affect the gene in the actual bacteria that causes the infection. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263426.php

Hiprex is also another over the counter medication in Australia that is used to help eliminate and suppress the bacteria that causes UTI's.

However you're still best to go see your doctor for the quickest most effective treatment.

What is Vaginal Thrush?

Vaginal thrush is a very common infection caused by Candida Albicans BUT it's also important to consider that there are other vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis. And then there's sexually transmitted ones.

A whooping 75% of women will have vaginal thrush (the kind caused by candida albicans) at some stage of their life. Symptoms are typically an itching, sometimes burning sensation most noticeable while urinating or having sex.

There are lots of causes of vaginal thrush, wearing tight underwear, not eating properly and being stressed, taking prescribed antibiotics, hormonal changes...etc...etc



How Do You Treat Vaginal Thrush?

There are a multitude of over the counter treatments you can get from pharmacies.

  • The single dose fluconazole, oral, capsule that you take with a glass of water any time of the day with or without food is very popular but doesn't always work.
  • Vaginal creams that you insert into the vagina range from single dose treatments, to 3 day, 6 day and 14 days if you have a particularly stubborn case.
  • and pessaries, which are like a tablet that you insert vaginally and range similarly to the cream .
  • you may also need to treat your sexual partner

In regards to general care it is beneficial to wear loose fitting clothing, preferably cotton, your best to pat dry rather than rub and avoid using perfumed bathing products.

Not Sure If This Fits With You.

If your still concerned with your bits and whats going on, you're best to see some sort of health professional, preferably specializing in Women's Health, have ALL your questions written down and tick them off as you go for your own piece of mind and well being.

And whoever said "you need balls to be tough"...didn't own a vagina!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)