Penile pain refers to pain in the base, shaft or head of the penis, and also the foreskin. The pain can be accompanied by a feeling of itching, burning or pulsing and causing intercourse uncomfortable. Penile pain can be the result of an accident or illness and can affect men of any age. The pain may vary depending on the cause. If patient suffer from injuries, the pain can be severe and sudden. If patient have a disease or condition, the pain may be mild and may gradually worsen.

Any kind of pain in the penis is a cause for concern, especially if it occurs during erection, prevents urination or occurs along with discharge, ulcers, redness or swelling. Constant burning pain in the penis may radiate to the back and rectum, making sitting uncomfortable. Pain can be present in the perineum, testicles, tip of penis, pubic or bladder area. Pain can range from mild to debilitating.

Treatment options vary depending on the origin of the pain. Infections are treated with antibiotics, antifungal or antiviral drugs or ointments. If there is sexually transmitted disease, it is extremely important for both partners to be treated. Phimosis (foreskin of the penis cannot be pulled back past the glans), paraphimosis (foreskin of a penis becomes trapped) and recurrent balano-posthitis (inflammation of the foreskin and glans) are usually treated with removal of the foreskin (circumcision). Peyronie's disease (development of fibrous scar tissue inside the penis) can be treated with different types of medication or surgery. Priapism (persistent and usually painful long-lasting erection), injury or fracture of the penis and urinary bladder or ureteric stones are usually treated surgically.

Penile pain may be associated with several diseases including:


Prostatitis is any form of inflammation of the prostate gland that causes pain in the prostate and the lower urinary tract in men causing painful urination.

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