• question-icon

    What causes fever and burning sensation during urination?

Posted on Sat, 12 Aug 2017 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: Thursday I developed what I thought was a fever all the symptoms I associate with a fever were present. However, it burned when I urinated. It wasn't very painful just a burning sensation and I didn't urinate very much. Friday morning when I woke up I felt much better. Later I the morning there was a stronger burning sensation and my urine was a dark brownish-red with a strong sweet smell. This was about 7:30 by 11:00 I was feeling feverish again. I started to drink orange juice, apple juice, and water after the 7:30 event. By the time I returned home my urine was clear to slightly yellow in appearance. By the time I got home I was feeling much better. I kept drinking the same as before and my urine remained clear. This morning my urine is golden again but without the burning sensation. I havent been hungry since Friday morning when I ate a Rice Krispies bar. I do not know if you need this info: I am a white male, 51 about 300 pounds.
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 32 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Possible kidney infection

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

The combination of urinary symptoms with fever and nausea or decreased appetite can be signs of a kidney infection. It may be that increasing your fluid intake helped but the infection may still be there.

Sometimes kidney infections (pyelonephritis) can be caused by stones somewhere in the urinary tract/kidneys, but infection can happen for other reasons as well.

Even if some of the symptoms have cleared up, the fact that you still don't have much of an appetite makes me think something is still brewing.

I recommend you go in to an urgent care clinic that has lab and X-ray on site. They should get look at a urine specimen with a "dipstick" urine test while you are there, and then send it to the lab for a "culture and sensitivity test" to see if anything grows, and which antibiotics it is most sensitive to. Depending on your exam and dip urine test, they may also want to get an X-ray (KUB - kidneys ureters and bladder) which can show if there is a calcium stone along the tract. They may want to give you an antibiotic as well if they have a high suspicion of pyelonephritis.

Given the sweet smell, they should look at the dip urine test for sugar. A blood test for serum glucose level may be useful too.

So do go in to be seen and don't wait. I hope this information helps. If you are willing, please let me know how you are doing after you have been evaluated.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Answered by
Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :1991

Answered : 3138 Questions


The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on

Recent questions on  Glucose

doctor1 MD

Hello i just want you guys to explain to me my URINALYSIS RESULT...thanks in advance Color: Yellow Reaction: Acidic (6.0ph) Transparency: Slightly...

doctor1 MD

Hello there. Doctors thought ive might of had a miscarriage two weeks ago as I rang up worried about the bleeding I had which wasn t my normal...

doctor1 MD

Hi, may I answer your health queries right now ? Please type your query here... I had kidney transplant in dec 2009 and doing well in all...

doctor1 MD

Hello, I have a question regarding insulin resistance and dehydration. I m a Type 1 Insulin Dependent diabetic. Have been for nearly 16 years. My...

doctor1 MD

I have been suffering from dehydration for a month and a half. The problem is when I get fluids from the ER, it comes back again because I have...

doctor1 MD

I have fluttering in My upper stomach while sitting. Don't notice while standing. It appears worse when I breath out. Does not hurt just flutters

doctor1 MD

Can I reverse a possible chance that I have Typ 2 diebetties ?

Get personalised answers from verified doctor in minutes across 80+ specialties

136 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM Blog Questions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction
Questions Answered By Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh
  • Q - Suggest treatment for chronic hip/pelvic pain

  • Q - What causes coughing, sneezing, headaches and watery eyes?

  • Q - Suggest treatment for post nasal drainage and runny nose

  • Q - What causes foul body odor and overactive bladder while taking Trospium?

  • Q - What causes pain near the navel area?

  • Q - What causes joints pain with welts and teeth problems?

  • Q - Suggest remedy for drainage at back of throat and vomiting sensation

  • Q - Suggest treatment for pain under the clavicle

  • Q - Suggest medication for ADHD

  • Q - Suggest medication for bloating in a person with history of colitis