Q. Why do I have burning sensation and itching even after taking antibiotics for urinary infection?

Answered by
Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 18, 2017 and last reviewed on: Nov 21, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am a 33 year old healthy male. Last month, I had an unfortunate sexual exposure (condom's head broke off). I quickly pulled out and washed the genital area with a bathing soap. After few days, I started having a slight itching sensation in the penis. I visited a urologist and he asked me to undergo urine routine and culture tests. The urine culture report did not show any bacterial growth, but the urine routine showed some abnormalities. I have attached those two reports. On subsequent visit, the doctor prescribed me a 10 day antibiotic course (Microdox LBX 100 mg) to be taken twice a day. In addition to that, he also asked me to wash the penis with Betadine Povidone-iodine solution twice a day. The antibiotic course got over two days back. But since then, I have been noticing a slight burning sensation after passing urine, especially during morning and afternoon hours. Today, there is a slight pain in the penis. I checked the area, but did not find any abnormality. Please help in resolving this issue.

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatry Psychotherapy Sexology


Welcome to icliniq.com.I have gone through your reports and I can understand your concern (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • The report you have mentioned clearly points towards urinary tract infection (UTI). Presence of RBCs, increased WBCs and epithelial cells clearly indicate UTI.
  • You have successfully completed the antibiotic course and in my opinion the infection has been resolved.
  • Even after successful treatment in UTI slight burning sensation during passage of urine can persist for some weeks.
  • I would advise you to increase the water intake, take at least 3-4 liters of water or fluids per day. This will help to clear the infection and will reduce burning sensation.
  • For some time you can use urine alkalizers like Alkacip syrup (Disodium hydrogen citrate). Take this liquid two teaspoons three times a day with water for five days. This would reduce the burning sensation.
  • Remain relaxed and the infection will get resolved. Get your tests repeated after two weeks.

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Thank you doctor,

I am a bit relieved now. I will share the test reports once I do the tests. Thank you again.

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatry Psychotherapy Sexology


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Do not forget to have plenty of water and citrus fruits. Also, take cranberry juice daily for early recovery.

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