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Swollen urethra and vagina after sex. Burning sensation while I use the restroom, no odor nor discharge. Std? Uti? Reaction to condom?

Swollen urethra and vagina after sex. Burning sensation while I use the restroom, no odor nor discharge. Std? Uti? Reaction to condom?

See answer: Such symptoms could be caused by any of the above: UTI (usually burning with urination, urgency, frequency); std (gc, chlamydia most common), vaginitis (though usually associated with a discharge), or allergy to a contraceptive, spermicide, or lubricant. If symptoms occur right after sex within hours, allergy or trauma related to vigorous/prolonged sex most likely. If symptoms persist, see your md. ...Read more

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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


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Can you use a tampon if you have a uti?

Can you use a tampon if you have a uti?

Yes: You can use a tampon if you have a uti. However since the vagina is right next to the bladder, you might find the tampon is uncomfortable due to the infection in the bladder. If you are uncomfortable, use pads instead. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use a tampon with a uti?

Uti: It may be a bit uncomfortable but not dangerous. ...Read more

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Can I use a tampon while having a UTI?

Yes: This should pose no increased risk to UTI progression, and should have no impact on treatment. ...Read more

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I got my period a day ago and I got the usual early UTI symptom of burning sensation today, is it better to use tampons and not pads in this case?

I got my period a day ago and I got the usual early UTI symptom of burning sensation today, is it better to use tampons and not pads in this case?

Urethra: Avoid irritating the urethra as this can cause urinary discomfort even without any infection being present. A urine culture and colony count is needed to accurately diagnose a uti. If your urethra appears to be irritated or inflamed, a tampon may aggravate the situation. ...Read more

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What should I expect at my first ob/gyn visit? I am a virgin but have had a few utis in the past, use tampons and am not on birth control.

What should I expect at my first ob/gyn visit? I am a virgin but have had a few utis in the past, use tampons and am not on birth control.

OBGYN visit: History taking, physical exam. I would think that pelvic exam would be redundant given you're not sexually active and 20 years old. If UTI is a concern, I suggest to get rid of the practice of using tampons. ...Read more

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Hi! I have UTI at the moment. I noticed there's pus coming out of my vagina and uretra. My period will come in 10 days, is it ok to use tampons?

Hi! I have UTI at the moment. I noticed there's pus coming out of my vagina and uretra. My period will come in 10 days, is it ok to use tampons?

STD?: UTI doesn't usually cause pus or other discharge from urethra or vagina. If you are sexually active, this sounds more like an STD such as gonorrhea or chlamydia. The treatment is very different for STDs versus UTI. Discuss with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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My sister wanted to know if tampons could cause a uti?

My sister wanted to know if tampons could cause a uti?

Possible: Irritation or injury to the vagina or urethra caused by sexual intercourse, douching, tampons or feminine deodorants can give bacteria a chance to invade and cause UTI. ...Read more

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Is wearing a tampon while having a UTI going to make it worse?

Is wearing a tampon while having a UTI going to make it worse?

Shouldn't: The tampon would not have an impact on your uti. However if the tampon causes bladder obstruction, then it would be a problem. But, that is unlikely to happen. ...Read more

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I get uti's every month I have my period when I wear tampons but never when I wear pads. Why is that?

I get uti's every month I have my period when I wear tampons but never when I wear pads. Why is that?

Bladder not empty: When the tampons are in place it pushes up against the bladder and tube that empties (urethra) the bladder. When you are urinating on your period you are not emptying the bladder completely allowing residual urine to get infected over and over again. Use a Valsalva maneuver (hold your breath and push) at the end of voiding to allow the last few drops of urine to egress. (empty) and change tampons. ...Read more

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Pressure in vagina as if there's smthg inside as if m using a tampon, burning sensation sometimes and lower back pain. Could it be uti?

Pressure in vagina as if there's smthg inside as if m using a tampon, burning sensation sometimes and lower back pain. Could it be uti?

Kidney stone: A kidney stone may not cause symptoms until it moves around. The common symptom is pain that spreads to the lower abdomen, groin, pain in the side and back. Also pain on urination and persistent urge to urinate. Rec.: see your primary care physician for evaluation, imaging and treatment or referral to the urologist. ...Read more

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Skin above urethra burned when peeing. Little redness, hurts to touch. Could it be from wiping, dryness (accutane), or tampon string? No STDs or UTI.

Skin above urethra burned when peeing. Little redness, hurts to touch. Could it be from wiping, dryness (accutane), or tampon string? No STDs or UTI.

It is good idea to..: At least temporarily eliminate any imaginable and potentially irritating factors such as those you mentioned + gingerly apply 0.5% hydrocortisone skin cream for 3-5 day, and see. If not improving as usually expected in 3-5 days, seek timely evaluation & counseling so to deduce possible causes for what you have felt and for reasonable treatment/ care/ counseling. ...Read more

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Is it weird I only bleed on one side of my tampons? Could I have a tipped uterus? I can't get pregnant, have painful intercourse, and frequent uti's

Is it weird I only bleed on one side of my tampons? Could I have a tipped uterus? I can't get pregnant, have painful intercourse, and frequent uti's

See an OB/GYN: Sounds like an anatomic problem which can only be diagnosed and corrected by a professional after a thorough evaluation including history and physical and possibly some imaging studies. ...Read more

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Is it okay to just use Azo to take care of my uti?

No: This helps with the symptoms but does nothing to treat the actual infection. It should only be used as a supplement to temporarily buy some time, either until antibiotics have had time to work or until you can get in to be checked. ...Read more

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Can you use colloidal silver to effectively treat uti's?

No: There is no scientific evidence that silver helps with uris. ...Read more

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Its not bad to use everyday a panty liner its not cause for the uti?

Its not bad to use everyday a panty liner its not cause for the uti?

Can: Wearing a pantyliner (esp if it is a deodorant liner) can cause irritation which can make you more prone to a uti. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to use the same type of drug daily to supress UTI as to treat it?

No: Nitrofurantoin (macrodantin) and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (bactrim) are often used as prophylactic agents for recurrent bladder infection. Cephalosporins, e.g., omnicef, or fluoroquinolones, e.g., levaquin, (levofloxacin) however, should be reserved as therapeutic agents for pyelonephritis. ...Read more

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Suspected uti. Should I go doctors or will I be able to use him remedies to help clear it?

Suspected uti. Should I go doctors or will I be able to use him remedies to help clear it?

See a doctor: You are not going to cure a UTI with "home remedies", "natural substances", prayer or anything else. And if the symptoms regress it does not mean that the infection is gone. Get this treated and feel better. Would you spit on your care in the hopes that the dead engine will start? ...Read more

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I'm having symptoms of a uti. Do I have to get new pills or can I use the ones left over from last uti?

Not a good idea: You can have a much better chance of repeat UTI if you do not complete your antibiotic course. I check urines on patients at the beginning of treatment and then 4 days after the antibiotics to make sure it is cleared. ...Read more

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Would you recommend antibacterial wipes to help prevent utis? How and when should one use them? Which brand?

Would you recommend antibacterial wipes to help prevent utis? How and when should one use them? Which brand?

No: Cranberry pills and making sure u go to the bathroom right after intercourse assuming you are sexually active and sometimes u need to take low dose antibiotics continually if u are getting a lot of them or 1 dose after intercourse to prevent utis so please see your gyn and u may need referral to a urologist but no wipes as that those could be very irritattive to the urethra. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more