What causes penile discharge? Is it a serious situation? Is there any harm? What are the symptoms? When should I see a doctor? What should you do? You can find the answers to all these questions and much more below.
What is penile discharge?
Penile discharge is the condition that occurs when fluid leaks from your penis. The discharge may vary in both thickness and color (milky white, greenish or yellow). The discharge can be caused by an infection, including a sexually transmitted infection. Another possible cause, urethritis, is the term used to refer to inflammation of the urethra for any reason, usually accompanied by penile discharge.
Penile discharge may be accompanied by blood in the urine , itching, redness, or swelling. Penile ooze can be extremely irritating and cause difficulties in daily life, sexual intercourse and urination. In addition to symptoms in and around your penis, it may present with flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache , cough, aches and pains) and general poor health.
Balanitis, an inflammation of the foreskin due to poor hygiene, infection or irritation in uncircumcised men or boys, may be associated with discharge from the penis.
You should seek medical attention if you have penile discharge along with a high fever, redness and swelling spreading to the groin, or severe pain in the testicles. Discharge from the penis is not usually an emergency, but it can be a sign of a disease that can be transmitted to others. Therefore, it is recommended that you seek medical attention if symptoms persist or concern you.
Penile discharge: Symptoms
Penile discharge may accompany other symptoms that vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder, or condition.
Penile discharge may accompany other symptoms affecting the genitourinary system such as:
- bleeding from semen
- bloody or pink-colored urine
- Difficult or painful urination (dysuria)
- frequent urination
- Jash in the groin area
- pain during sexual intercourse
- Feeling while ejaculating
- redness, warmth, or swelling
Penile discharge may accompany symptoms related to other body systems, including:
- swollen lymph nodes
- flu-like symptoms
- Itching in and around the penis
- joint swelling
- itchy body
- rash elsewhere on the body
In some cases, penile discharge can be a serious condition that needs immediate evaluation in an emergency setting. For serious symptoms such as:
- High fever
- Redness and swelling spreading into the groin
- severe testicular pain
Penile discharge: Causes
Penile discharge can have many different causes. Evaluating other symptoms associated with this condition can help a doctor determine the cause.
Sexually transmitted diseases are one cause of these symptoms. Some sexually transmitted infections cause urethritis (inflammation of the urethra that can cause pus or discharge), including chlamydia and gonorrhea .
Uncircumcised men (the foreskin remaining around the penis) are prone to inflammation of the foreskin due to poor hygiene, irritants or infection from soap or detergents.
Causes related to sexual infection
Causes related to a sexually transmitted infection include:
- Trichomonas vaginalis
Other causes of penile discharge
Other causes of discharge from the penis include:
- allergic reactions
- Balanitis (inflammation of the foreskin)
- Chemical irritation caused by soaps, spermicides, or bath products
- Priapism (painful persistent erection)
- Penis cancer
- urinary tract infections
Questions to diagnose the cause of penile discharge
The doctor you should go to for discharge from the penis is a urologist (urologist).
To diagnose your condition, the urologist will ask you a few questions about your penile discharge, including:
- How long have you flowed?
- Does it hurt to urinate or ejaculate?
- Have you experienced this before?
- Have you noticed any redness or swelling around your genitals?
- Do you have other symptoms such as itching?
- Have you started using new detergent or soap?
- Are you sexually active? Are you having unprotected sex or have multiple partners?
- What medications are you taking?
Penile discharge: possible complications
Since discharge from the penis can be due to serious diseases, leaving it untreated can lead to serious complications and permanent damage. Once the underlying cause has been diagnosed, it’s important to follow the treatment plan that you and your doctor have designed specifically to reduce the risk of potential complications:
Possible complications of discharge from the penis include:
- Difficulty or inability to retract the foreskin
- Scarring and narrowing of the penile opening
- scar on penis
- spread of cancer
- Spread of infection