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Learn about urethritis

The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body. Urethritis is when the urethra becomes infected and inflamed. Urethral inflammation can cause pain during urination, discharge from the penis, and a burning sensation in the penis. In some cases, urethritis may also lead to more serious complications.

Urethritis causes

  • Many different things can cause urethritis. Urethritis is commonly due to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). There are different types of urethritis, each with different causes:

    • Gonococcal urethritis (GCU): This is urethritis that is caused by gonorrhea, specifically the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

    • Nongonococcal urethritis (NGU):Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common nongonococcal cause of urethritis.

    • Non-specific urethritis (NSU): This is urethritis that is not due to a gonorrhea or chlamydia infection.

    Other bacterial that can cause urethritis are:

    • Escherichia coli (E. coli)

    • Mycoplasma genitalium

    Viruses can also cause urethritis, but this is less common. The most common virus that causes urethritis is the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV is the same virus that causes genital herpes, a sexually transmitted infection.

    These bacteria and viruses can pass from an infected person to the next during sexual intercourse. The following sexually activity puts people at higher risk of getting urethritis:

    • Having multiple sexual partners

    • Having unprotected sex

    Other non-infectious causes of urethritis include:

    • Trauma: This can be due to having instruments in the urethra, such as a urinary catheter.

    • Irritation: This can be from items such spermicides or personal lubricants.

Urethritis symptoms

  • There are several symptoms associated with urethritis, and they can vary depending on the underlying cause. The most common symptom is pain or burning during urination. Other symptoms may include:

    If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a doctor so that they can properly diagnose and treat the underlying cause. Left untreated, urethritis can lead to serious complications, such as kidney damage or infertility.

How to treat urethritis

Effective treatment for urethritis generally involves a course of antibiotics. The appropriate antibiotics prescribed will depend on the bacteria causing the bacterial infection. In some cases, more than one antibiotic may be necessary. Antibiotics are usually taken for seven to 14 days.

Before finishing the course, it is important to take all of the prescription medication, even if symptoms improve. Stopping the medication early may allow the bacteria to continue to grow, which can lead to a relapse of the infection.

In addition to taking antibiotics, some home remedies may help ease symptoms of urethritis. These include:

  • Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, to flush out the bacteria from the urinary tract

  • Taking a warm bath to soothe pain in the genital area

  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing to reduce irritation

Urethritis medications

  • If you are diagnosed with bacterial urethritis, your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics as the first line of treatment.

    It is essential to take all the medication prescribed to you, even if your symptoms disappear. If you stop taking the medication too soon, the bacteria may not be killed entirely, and your urethritis could return.

How to prevent urethritis

You should see a doctor if you are experiencing symptoms of urethritis.

If you test positive for urethritis and are currently taking medications, but the symptoms persist or worsen, it is important to see a doctor for further evaluation. Urethritis can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious condition, such as an STI, so prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential.

Urethritis treatment FAQs

  • What are the symptoms of urethritis?

    The main symptom of urethritis is pain while urinating. Other urethritis symptoms may include: a frequent urge to urinate, difficulty starting urination, pain during intercourse, unusual discharge from the penis, itching around the opening of the penis, the urethra hurting when squeezed, and blood in the urine or semen (in men).

  • What causes urethritis?

    Most cases of urethritis are caused by bacterial infection. Bacteria around the urethra may enter the urethra, causing infection. Common causes of urethritis include: E. coli and other bacteria present in stool, gonococcus, the bacteria that causes gonorrhea and is sexually transmitted, chlamydia trachomatis, the bacteria that causes chlamydia and is sexually transmitted, herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2), and trichomoniasis. It can also be caused by irritation from soaps, lotions, or condoms.

  • What is the best treatment for urethritis?

    The best treatment for bacterial urethritis is antibiotic treatment to heal completely. Medical providers can prescribe antibiotics in oral or in cream form. Antibiotics will usually clear up the infection within a few days. Your doctor may also prescribe medication to help treat the discomfort of urinating. When you start your course of antibiotics, you should show improvement within the first couple days of administration. That being said, it is important that you make sure to take the full course of medication to ensure that the infection doesn’t return and that the urethritis treatment is effective.

  • Does urethritis go away on its own?

    While urethritis can go away on its own, the risk of the infection getting worse and spreading to the kidneys is high. Urethritis caused by bacteria typically requires antibiotics to clear the infection and prevent recurring UTI infections. PlushCare recommends seeking medical attention to treat urethritis.

  • Is urethritis always caused by an STD?

    According to an article from the National Institute of Health, urethritis can typically be caused by sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). There are different types of urethritis, each with different causes:

    • Gonococcal urethritis (GCU): This is urethritis that is caused by gonorrhea, specifically the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae

    • Nongonococcal urethritis (NGU):Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common cause of nongonococcal urethritis.

    • Non-specific urethritis (NSU): Urethritis that is not due to either a gonorrhea or chlamydia infection falls under this category.

  • Is urethritis a UTI?

    Urethritis and a urinary tract infection (UTI) are different conditions. Urethritis refers to swelling of the urethra. A UTI is an infection (typically bacterial) in the urinary tract, which can extend beyond the urethra. Urethritis is a common symptom of a UTI, as UTIs often cause inflammation of the urethra. Both are typically treated with antibiotics. If you suspect a UTI, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional, who may provide a UTI prescription online after assessing your symptoms and medical history.

  • How long does it take for an inflamed urethra to heal?

    How long does urethritis take to heal? After beginning antibiotic treatment, urethritis (inflamed urethra) typically begins to heal within 2-3 days. Some people feel relief within a few hours. You should continue your course of antibiotics according to the prescribing doctor's instructions. Without medical intervention, symptoms can last up to 3 months and may not go away without antibiotic treatment.

  • What happens if urethritis goes untreated?

    If left untreated, urethritis symptoms may worsen. Additionally, the underlying infection may spread to other areas of the urinary tract, including the bladder and kidneys. Kidney and bladder infections have potential to become dangerous and can result in medical emergencies. If you are experiencing symptoms of urethritis or a UTI, it is crucial that you meet with a doctor right away to receive prompt treatment. 

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Related conditions to urethritis

While a number of different things can cause urethritis, there are a few related conditions that tend to occur alongside it. These include:

  • Cystitis

    This is an inflammation of the bladder that often occurs alongside urethritis. Symptoms include pain or burning when urinating, increased frequency of urination, and cloudy or bloody urine.


    This is an inflammation of the prostate gland that can also cause urinary symptoms like those seen in urethritis and cystitis. In addition, men with prostatitis may experience pain in the lower back, pelvis, or penis.


    This is an inflammation of the epididydmis, the tube that carries sperm from your testicles. It's usually caused by an infection, such as a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

    Pelvic inflammatory disease

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