Penis Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
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What causes pain in penis? 12 possible conditions

Penile pain is an itching, burning, or unpleasant throbbing sensation in the base, shaft, head, or foreskin of the penis. Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Urinary Tract Infection

UTIs are usually caused by bacteria and can occur in any part of the urinary tract. Symptoms of upper UTIs include pain in the upper back, chills, fever, and nausea.

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2

Balanitis

Balanitis is swelling of the foreskin or head of the penis. Symptoms include redness, discharge, itchiness, and pain.

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3

Prostatitis

Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland, a common condition in adult males. It is often caused by infection.

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4

Chronic Nonbacterial Prostatitis

Chronic nonbacterial prostatitis causes pain and inflammation in the prostate and the lower urinary tract in men. It's a common condition, especially in men between the ages of 35 and 50 and the cause is often unknown.

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5

Urethritis

Urethritis is a condition in which the urethra, or the tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body, becomes inflamed and irritated.

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6

Bladder Stones: The Bad, the Ugly, and the Good

Crystallized minerals left in your bladder after urination can develop into bladder stones. Read more on causes of these and how to treat them.

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7

Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). This STD causes herpes sores, which are painful blisters (fluid-filled bumps) that can break open and ooze fluid. According to the Centers for Disease Contro...

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8

Male Chlamydial Urethritis

Chlamydial urethritis in men is an infection of the urethra caused by the sexually transmitted infection (STI) chlamydia. The urethra is a tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of your body.Thi...

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9

Syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by a type of bacteria known as Treponema pallidum. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2006, more than 36,000 cases of syphilis wer...

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10

Reactive Arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome)

Reactive arthritis is a type of arthritis triggered by an infection in the body.

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11

Penile Cancer (Cancer of the Penis)

Penile cancer is a form of cancer that affects the skin and tissues of the penis. Learn about penile cancer symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment.

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12

Herpes Simplex

The herpes simplex virus (HSV) is an infection that causes herpes, which are blisters that most commonly appear on the genitals or mouth.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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