What is penis discharge?

Penis discharge occurs when fluid leaks from your penis. Both the thickness and color (milky white, greenish, or yellow) of the discharge may vary. The discharge may result from an infection, including a sexually transmitted infection. Urethritis is the term used to refer to inflammation of the urethra due to any cause, which is often accompanied by penis discharge.

Penis discharge can be accompanied by bloody or pink-colored urine (hematuria), itching, rash, redness, or swelling. Penis discharge can be extremely uncomfortable and create difficulty with daily living, sexual relations, and urination. In addition to symptoms in and around your penis, it can occur with flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains) and poor health in general.

Balanitis, an inflammation of the foreskin in uncircumcised boys or men, which is due to poor hygiene, infection, or irritation, may be associated with penis discharge.

Seek immediate medical care

if you have penis discharge accompanied by high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), redness and swelling spreading into the groin, or severe testicular pain. Penis discharge is usually not an emergency, but it may be a sign of a disease that can be transmitted to others. Seek prompt medical care if symptoms persist or cause you concern.


What other symptoms might occur with penis discharge?

Penis discharge may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Genitourinary symptoms that may occur along with penis discharge

Penis discharge may accompany other symptoms affecting the genitourinary system including:

  • Blood in the semen
  • Bloody or pink-colored urine (hematuria) Read more about penis dischargesymptoms


What causes penis discharge?

Penis discharge can have a number of different causes. Evaluating other symptoms in conjunction with this condition can help a health care practitioner identify the cause.

Sexually transmitted diseases are one cause of these symptoms. Certain sexually transmitted infections cause urethritis (urethral inflammation that may produce pus or discharge), including Read more about penis dischargecauses

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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