Skip to Content




is trouble urinating, or pain, burning, or discomfort when you urinate. Dysuria is usually a symptom of another problem, such as a blockage or urinary tract infection.

Common symptoms include the following:

  • Fever
  • Cloudy, bad smelling urine
  • Urge to urinate often but urinating little
  • Back, side, or abdominal pain
  • Blood in your urine
  • Discharge that smells bad
  • Itching

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have severe back, side, or abdominal pain.
  • You have fever and shaking chills.
  • You vomit several times in a row.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your symptoms do not go away, even after treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Treatment for dysuria

may include medicines to treat a bacterial infection or help decrease bladder spasms.

Manage your dysuria:

  • Drink more liquids. Liquids help flush out bacteria that may be causing an infection. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink each day and which liquids are best for you.
  • Take sitz baths as directed. Fill a bathtub with 4 to 6 inches of warm water. You may also use a sitz bath pan that fits over a toilet. Sit in the sitz bath for 20 minutes. Do this 2 to 3 times a day, or as directed. The warm water can help decrease pain and swelling. 

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

© 2018 Truven Health Analytics Inc. Information is for End User's use only and may not be sold, redistributed or otherwise used for commercial purposes. All illustrations and images included in CareNotes® are the copyrighted property of A.D.A.M., Inc. or Truven Health Analytics.

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.