Urethritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. It is also responsible for carrying semen in males, in whom the tube is significantly longer. Urethritis is a common condition that presents with similar symptoms to urinary tract infections, although it is different and often requires different treatment.
The most common symptom of urethritis in men is a painful, burning sensation when passing urine. It can also cause an irritated, painful, or itchy sensation at the tip of the penis. If the condition becomes more severe, the inflammation can lead to a discharge, and bleeding the man may notice in his urine or semen. Men who have developed urethritis as the result of a sexually transmitted infection, however, may not notice any symptoms at all.
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