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Sharp pain when urinating. Also some itching but not a lot

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Sharp pain when urinating. Also some itching but not a lot.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 2 years ago.
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The primary concern when there is sharp pain with urination is that there is an infection.

In a male, the most common types of infection that will present with painful urination are an infection of the prostate or the urethra, the tube that empties the bladder and runs through the penis. In women, the most common infection is an infection of the bladder, and while this can occur in men, it is far less common than infections of the urethra and prostate.

If the male has been sexually active outside of a mutually monogamous relationship, it is also a concern that it could be due to an STD. Two of the common STDs, gonorrhea and chlamydia, can cause an infection of the urethra and present with painful urination.

The usual next step would be to perform an examination, as the area of tenderness of exam would suggest the site of infection. For example, if the prostate is tender on rectal examination, that is the usual indication that a prostate infection is present. Depending upon the findings on exam, further evaluation of the urine or cultures may need to be obtained.

If I can provide any further information, please let me know.
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