What is penile burning sensation?

Penile burning sensation is a feeling of burning, redness, warmth or swelling in the genitals, particularly in the penis. The sensation can be accompanied by blisters, pain, bloody or pink-colored urine (hematuria), itching, peeling, rash, scabbing, or swelling. Penile burning sensation can be extremely uncomfortable and create difficulty with urination, sexual relations, and daily activities. In addition to symptoms in and around your penis, it can be accompanied by generalized symptoms, such as flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains) and poor health in general.

Urethritis is the medical terms for inflammation of the urethra, which is a common cause of penile burning sensation. Cystitis (inflammation of the bladder) or prostatitis (prostate inflammation) can also be associated with a burning sensation in the genitals. Sexually transmitted diseases are examples of infections that can cause penile burning sensation. These diseases include herpes, genital warts (human papillomavirus infection), syphilis (sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria), chlamydia, or gonorrhea.

Men who are uncircumcised (who have the foreskin remaining around the penis) are prone to balanitis, an inflammation of the foreskin most commonly caused by poor hygiene, but which may also be due to infection or irritants.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911)

if you experience a prolonged, painful erection, the sudden onset of severe testicular pain, if you have redness and tenderness spreading throughout the groin, or if you develop sudden deformity of the penis accompanied by severe pain.


What other symptoms might occur with penile burning sensation?

Penile burning sensation may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Genitourinary symptoms that may occur along with penile burning sensation

Penile burning sensation may accompany other symptoms that affect the genitourinary system including:


What causes penile burning sensation?

Penile burning sensation can have a number of different causes. Evaluating other symptoms that may occur concurrently can help a health care practitioner identify the cause.

Sexually transmitted diseases are one cause of these symptoms. The symptoms can also be attributed to infections or inflammation of the bladder or prostate.

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 7, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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