A truck driver`s job is already too physically demanding for them to still have to deal with an illness that causes so much discomfort and inconvenience as burning when urinating. It`s something that could affect their long days on the road.
This condition affects many people and occurs when urine comes into contact with the mucosa lining the urethra, when it is inflamed or irritated, causing the urethral peristalsis and the detrusor muscle to contract, causing burning and pain.
Whether of infectious origin or not, the main causes of burning when urinating are:
- Urethritis – It is an infectious process caused by bacteria or viruses that inflame the urethra. May have symptoms, such as fever, increased frequency of urination, and changes in the texture, color, or odor of urine. It is more common in women due to the fact that the urethra is straighter and shorter in the female body, which allows the pathogens to reach the bladder.
- Cystitis – It is a bladder infection that causes burning when urinating. They are usually mild and uncomplicated infection processes that heal in two days with easy treatments. It is also more common in women for the same reason as urethritis.
- Kidney stones – The accumulation of hardened calcium or uric acid inside the kidneys can cause discomfort when urinating as they move through the lower urinary tract. In addition, it can cause changes in urine color, to pink or brown, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, back pain, increased frequency of urination, but decreased urine volume.
- STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) – If a truck driver has different sexual partners, the chances of contracting some type of STD, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes and others, are greater. This increases the chances of burning when urinating, a symptom that can occur in these diseases.
- Consumption of medications – Medication can cause side effects, such as inflammation or irritation of the tissues of the urethra or bladder and consequently itching or burning when urinating.
In most cases, the burning disappears in a couple of days, but if it continues, the trucker should seek medical help to identify the cause of their discomfort and get the drugs that are necessary for their case, such as antibiotics to treat bacterial infections.