Reasons Your Penis Hurts
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Although frequent, penis pain is often taboo subject matter. For example, in uncircumcised boys and men, foreskin problems can arise as a result of injuries, skin infections, or irritation.
Sometimes the source of the pain is internal, such as when a person has a urinary tract infection or an STD. Penis pain could also result from a lack of blood supply or a fracture to the penis's internal structures.
The correct diagnosis will require careful attention to the specifics of the pain.
- Just when did it begin
- When did you first notice the pain, or has it been building up?
- Is it a stabbing, piercing, aching, or burning sensation?
- Is it at the bottom, the top, just under the skin of the shaft, or everywhere in between?
- Is there a trigger event, such as a physical blow during a game or a sexual encounter, that may have contributed to the onset of the condition?
- Any bruising or swelling present?
Medication effectively addresses the vast majority of penile pain origins. Get medical attention right away if you've sustained a serious groin injury or if your erection lasts longer than four hours.
When bacteria enter the urinary system (kidneys, bladder, and urethra), it causes an infection known as a urinary tract infection (UTI). It's important to get this treated right away because the infection can spread if left unchecked.
In most cases, antibiotics are used to treat a UTI. Your symptoms may improve if you get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and take cranberry supplements.
How bad the pain is and if there are any visible changes to the penis are both things you should mention to your doctor. Many people avoid seeking medical help or talking about sensitive health issues with their doctors because they fear stigmatization. But there's only one penis for you, so treat it well! —Professor Jason Chandrapal
- Pain in urination that feels like it's burning, tingling, or stinging
- Ejaculatory Fluid Extraction
- Feeling the need to defecate repeatedly, even soon after using the restroom
- A sensation that the bladder isn't totally empty
- Urine with a pinkish (or blood-red) hue
- Urine that is cloudy or has an unpleasant odor
- Penis ulcers, or open sores,
Infections that are spread through sexual contact are referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Most sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are brought on by bacteria like chlamydia (https://www.buoyhealth.com/learn/chlamydia-infection), gonorrhea (https://www.buoyhealth.com/learn/disseminated-gonococcal-infection), and staph (https://www.buoyhealth.com/learn/gonorrhea),
Your doctor will make a diagnosis based on your answers to questions, physical examination, and a sample of your urine.
Antibiotics are the standard method of treatment for STIs, though herpes is a virus and requires antiviral drugs. Partners in sexual activity should be informed of the diagnosis as well; they may also be infected and require medical attention.
A lot of people experience penile irritation. Many factors, such as switching soaps, over- or under-cleaning, and chafing, can contribute to this issue.
Inflammation of the penis's apex, called balanitis, can occur if a person is not circumcised. Inadequate care of the foreskin is a common cause. Despite the discomfort, it shouldn't be too bad. If you're in pain, it could be a sign of something more serious, like an infection.
Swap out your soaps and detergents to lessen the likelihood of irritation. Keep the foreskin clean on a regular basis. One option is to apply a cream to the skin, such as an antihistamine or steroid cream that you can buy over-the-counter.
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- The removal of the male privy skin
- Bruising and swelling beyond the retracted foreskin.
- A blue or black dot at the top of the penis is possible in extreme cases.
When a man is not circumcised, he may develop paraphimosis, which is the inability of his retracted foreskin to return to its natural position. Sometimes this occurs after a medical procedure in which a urinary catheter was used. The foreskin or penile apex may suffer irreparable damage if blood flow is cut off in this way.
In order to treat it, the foreskin must be pulled back over the top of the penis. You may be prescribed painkillers in advance because the process can be uncomfortable. Urgent surgery may be required if this is not possible.
Inflammation of the prostate gland is known as prostatitis. The prostate produces the fluid that contains semen, and it is located between the bladder and the penis. The onset of prostatitis can be quick or gradual.
Bacterial infections of the prostate are the typical trigger for sudden onset (acute) prostatitis. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like gonorrhea and chlamydia are two common ways bacteria enter the prostate.
After a medical procedure, such as the insertion of a urinary catheter, you may be at risk for developing an infection.
Inflammation of the prostate gland can result from an enlarged prostate, a recent biopsy, or a pelvic injury (from trauma or bicycling, for example).
That's why treatment is mandatory. Not treating prostatitis can result in a prostatic abscess or bacteremia of the blood (also known as "blood poisoning"). The use of antibiotics in the treatment of infections
Long-term inflammation of the prostate gland is known as chronic prostatitis. It takes at least three months for men to experience relief from their symptoms. Inflammation of the prostate gland can have a number of different root causes, including but not limited to bacterial infection (chronic bacterial prostatitis) or nonbacterial prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome.
There is currently no known cure for chronic prostatitis. The goal of treatment is to alleviate symptoms and boost patients' general well-being. Antibiotics, pain medications, acupuncture, physical therapy, and talk therapy to help with symptoms are all part of the treatment spectrum. So are healthy lifestyle changes (like eating better, exercising more, and giving up harmful habits like smoking).
It's not hopeless if you develop erectile dysfunction after undergoing treatment for penile pain, whether medical or surgical. You should prioritize your sexual health. Numerous therapies exist to restore erections. Chandrapal, M.D.
- Sustained erection for at least four hours
- Suffering from a painful penile erection
- The penis's tip is tender, but its shaft is unyielding.
A Priapic erection is one that lasts for four hours or more. The penis experiences a net inflow of blood during an erection. Once the erection is over, blood flow goes back to normal. A priapic erection is one that persists despite attempts to relieve it.
The sexual dysfunction known as priapism can be triggered by sickle cell anemia or certain medications. Long-acting injectable medications for erectile dysfunction can sometimes cause unwanted side effects.
Due to the lack of oxygen reaching the penis, priapism can potentially lead to long-term impotence. Stop what you're doing and go to the hospital right away
In most cases, a procedure to relieve penile pressure is used to treat priapism.
In order to increase blood flow out of the penis, a doctor may inject a medication like phenylephrine, which narrows blood vessels. They could also use a needle to draw blood from the penis. It is not uncommon to perform both methods. If these treatments are ineffective, surgery may be the only option.
- Discomfort in the genital area
- Penis enlargement
- Penis and groin bruises
- When you hear a snap or pop and then your erection drops off, it means something has gone wrong.
Penile fractures, or broken pens, are common medical emergencies. Injuries or impacts to a rigid penis can cause this. However, there is a structure in the penis called the tunica albuginea that becomes swollen with blood during an erection despite the absence of a bony penis.
The tunica albuginea can easily be torn when filled with blood because it stiffens when arousal occurs. Common causes include bending during sexual activity and subsequent missed thrusts.
If the fracture is bad enough, you might hear a "popping" sound, lose your erection, and start to swell right away. Get yourself to the nearest emergency room if this occurs. Since your tunica albuginea is torn, you will likely require surgical intervention. Treatment is necessary to prevent permanent erectile dysfunction.
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- Scar-like white patches on the genitalia or ano
- The patches are irritating and sometimes painful.
- Discoloration and bruises surrounding the white spot
- Discomfort when having to go to the bathroom
A chronic skin condition characterized by patches of white, wrinkled, and otherwise thin skin is known medically as lichen sclerosus. The anus and genitalia are the most common sites of occurrence. Many users have compared these patches to "cigarette paper." Bruising, bleeding, inflammation, itching, and pain are also common.
Eventually, the sclerotic lichens will worsen. If left untreated, it can cause irreversible skin damage. The patches can constrict the foreskin on a penis that has not been circumcised.
Circumcision to remove the affected foreskin, as well as oral and topical (applied to the skin) medications, phototherapy (with ultraviolet light), and other treatments.
Penis pain can be caused by a number of other conditions as well, though these are either uncommon or not the primary symptom. Bug bites, sex bites, catheter injuries, skin infections, and trauma from a car crash or falling or being hit by something are all examples.
Sexual dysfunction may be caused, in part, by penile pain experienced during climactic encounters. Pain in the penis that originates elsewhere is called referred pain and can be caused by kidney stones.
Call a doctor if the discomfort lasts longer than a few hours. Penile pain during sex suggests a visit to a specialist, perhaps a urologist.
My concern for your penis pain is proportional to yours. Please explain why this is the case. Privacy is guaranteed. Do not worry about how we will react to your candor. You'll get the best assistance possible if you give us as much detail as possible about your situation. To quote: "Dr. Chandrapal"
If you experience any of the following symptoms, it may be time to visit the emergency room.
- A prolonged, excruciating erection of more than four hours' duration
- Strenuous efforts to urinate are met with extreme difficulty
- You took a hard blow to the groin, perhaps in a collision or while playing a sport?
- A penile fracture that's masquerading as swelling. A "popping" sound may be heard just before an erection suddenly fails.
- Lacking the Ability to Remove Foreskin
Home health care
- Minor injuries often benefit from ice packs for pain relief.
- For temporary pain relief from minor injuries, try an over-the-counter pain reliever.
- Applying an over-the-counter topical ointment to the skin can alleviate symptoms like itching and redness.
- Do not use harsh cleansers or soaps.
- Reposition the foreskin as best you can.
Alternate Methods of Treatment
- Antibiotic creams and ointments available by prescription
- It's possible that surgery will be required, depending on the injury and its origin.
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