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    Urethritis is inflammation of the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside of the body (urethra). It can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection (like some sexually transmitted infections), irritation from soap or spermicide, or injury.

    Symptoms of urethritis can include:

    • Pain or burning during urination (dysuria).
    • An urgent need to urinate.
    • A need to urinate more often than usual.
    • A clear, yellow, or green discharge from the urethra.

    When urethritis is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotic medicine is used to treat it.

    Current as of: August 12, 2016

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Avery L. Seifert, MD - Urology

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