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Doctor insights on: Urethral Caruncle Symptoms

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What does it mean to have a urethral caruncle?

What does it mean to have a urethral caruncle?

Polyp of urethra: Caruncle is benign, red polyp of female urethra often seen in women after menopause. Read more

Urethra (Definition)

The canal through which urine exits the bladder, discharging the urine externally. In men, it is about 20-cm long with a membranous, prostatic, bulbar, and pendulous segments ending at the glans penis; it gives passage to the spermatic fluid as well as urine. In the female, the urethra is about 4 cm long & in close relation with the anterior ...Read more


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How long does it take to cure a urethral caruncle?

How long does it take to cure a urethral caruncle?

CARUNCLE: The trick is to get them to become assymptomatic. Many times they are found by a doctor and not mentioned as they are very common in post menopausal women. It should feel better w/in a few days to a week of treatment. Read more

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What is the difference between urethral diverticulum vs urethral caruncle? And how are they determined?

What is the difference between urethral diverticulum vs urethral caruncle? And how are they determined?

Caruncle: Urethral Carmichael is a common condition in the postmenopausal female. Urethral diverticulum is a fairly uncommon condition which is not related to hormones Read more

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What is treatment for women urethral caruncle?

What is treatment for women urethral caruncle?

Multiple treatments.: Urethral caruncles are benign outgrowths of tissue at the urethral opening, occurring primarily in postmenopausal women. If there are no symptoms, & it appears benign, no treatment is necessary. For symptoms such as bleeding & pain, topical estrogen cream for 2-3 months, warm sitz-baths & anti-inflammatory drugs can be used. If large and painful, surgical excision can be performed. Read more

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I was prescribed an estrogen gel for my urethral caruncle that I cannot afford. Is there something natural/organic I can use to heal it?

I was prescribed an estrogen gel for my urethral caruncle that I cannot afford. Is there something natural/organic I can use to heal it?

Urethral caruncle: Alternative treatment to estrogen cream is to use a topical anti-inflammatory such as Voltaren (diclofenac) Gel. Read more

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What does a urethral caruncle look like. My urethra is very red and is quite swollen.

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What does a urethral caruncle look like. My urethra is very red and is quite swollen.

Here are some. ..: What really causes urethral caruncle is still unclear, but we do know it results from mucosal laxing & protrusion of the posterior distal urethra in the elderly female resulting in a "mass" like a little cheery attaching to posterior aspect of urethral meatus. Its size widely varies and will slowly increase over time. Clinically, it's painless most of the times, but it may irritates and bleeds. Read more

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Can a sitz bath cure a urethral caruncle or redness at opening of the urethra?

Can a sitz bath cure a urethral caruncle or redness at opening of the urethra?

Caruncle: No, but it may ease any associated discomfort temporarily. Read more

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Is it typical to have purulent discharge and growths on the floor of the vagina associated with urethral caruncle?

Is it typical to have purulent discharge and growths on the floor of the vagina associated with urethral caruncle?

Yes: If you have a caruncle, then discharge would be normal. I'm not sure what 'growths' you are referring to. Sometimes the vagina appears 'bumpy' which is normal, elastic tissue of the vagina, but any growth should also be looked at by a physician. Wouldn't want to miss a lesion that could be concerning. See a doctor for definitive answer. Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of urethral stricture?

What are the most common symptoms of urethral stricture?

Thanks for asking!: The most common symptom would be a consistently poor/weak urinary stream possibly associated with burning with urination or blood from penis. Previous urethral infection (such as an std) or trauma (external straddle-like injury or trauma from being catheterized or having an indwelling catheter) would be most common cause. Read more

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Is it necessary to get a urethral cyst removed if it does not cause any symptoms?

Is it necessary to get a urethral cyst removed if it does not cause any symptoms?

No: Treatment of urethral cysts depends on location and if they are causing symptoms. If the cysts are around or near the urethral meatus and not causing discomfort or interfering with voiding then they generally do not need to be treated. A urethral diverticulum is not a true cyst but a weak point in the urethra wall which may need treatment if it contributes to infection. Get your doctor's advice Read more

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What happens when a urethral infection is left untreated? What are the symptoms of a urethral infection?

What happens when a urethral infection is left untreated? What are the symptoms of a urethral infection?

Frequency pain with: Urination, burning, u need evaluation and treatment with antibiotics if that is indeed what u have, u may have other urethral conditions that can give the same sxs so u need to see your gyn or a urologist. Read more

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What are some health concerns with not getting a urethral cyst removed although it is not causing any symptoms?

What are some health concerns with not getting a urethral cyst removed although it is not causing any symptoms?

Here are some. ..: Real urethral cyst is unusual, intra-urethral polyp is still not common, and urethral diverticulum may exist and usually found at evaluating a female with complicated UTI. If indeed there is a cyst, a small one, say Read more

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What are the major presenting symptoms of urethral cancer?

What are the major presenting symptoms of urethral cancer?

Blood in urine: Cancer of the urethra is rare. There are three cell types, transitional, squamous and glandular. It is more common in women.
Symptoms of urethral cancer include blood in the urine, interrupted urine flow and discharge from the urethra. Read more

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I have symptoms that match urethral cancer. Is this the only possibility?

Many causes: You don't mention the symptoms you are having but they often mimic the symptoms of a urinary tract infection.

You need to start with a physician evaluation including a urinalysis. Read more

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What are some health concerns with not getting a urethral cyst removed although their are no symptoms?

What are some health concerns with not getting a urethral cyst removed although their are no symptoms?

Here are some. ..: Real urethral cyst is uncommon, intra-urethral polyp is still not common, and urethral diverticulum may exist and is usually related with complicated UTI in females. If indeed there is a cyst, a small one, say Read more

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I am a 26 year-old male, diagnosed with chronic prostatitis a week ago. Now, my urethral opening is slightly swollen, it is a symptom of prostatitis?

I am a 26 year-old male, diagnosed with chronic prostatitis a week ago. Now, my urethral opening is slightly swollen, it is a symptom of prostatitis?

Possible: If the prostate is inflammed because of prostatitis, the entire urine channel (urethra) could be inflammed, including the opening. Are you being treated for the prostatitis? Check again with your doctor in 1-2 weeks if it is still swollen Read more

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Urethra pain and cystitis symptoms but negative for uti. What else could it be?

The following:: Interstitial cystitis, viral cystitis, urethral diverticulum, bladder stone can all give described symptoms. Read more