What is Urethritis?

Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, the tube that connects the bladder to the outside of the body. It is usually caused by a bacterial infection, such as gonorrhea or chlamydia, but it can also be caused by a virus or an irritation. Urethritis can cause a burning sensation when urinating, as well as discharge from the urethra. In men, urethritis can also cause pain in the testicles.

Common Symptoms of Urethritis

The most common symptoms of urethritis include:

  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Pain during urination
  • Pain in the testicles (in men)
  • Discharge from the urethra
  • Discomfort or pain in the genital area

Treatments for Urethritis

Depending on the cause of the urethritis, treatments may involve antibiotics for bacterial infections or antifungal medications for fungal infections. In some cases, steroid medications or other medications may be used to reduce inflammation and relieve symptoms. If the urethritis is caused by a virus, it will typically resolve without treatment.

Prevention of Urethritis

The best way to prevent urethritis is to practice safe sex, including the use of condoms, and to get regular check-ups for sexually transmitted infections. It is also a good idea to abstain from sex if you or your partner is experiencing any symptoms of urethritis.