What is penis swelling?

The sensation of swelling in, on or around your penis may cause it to feel red, inflamed and tender. It may be warm to the touch. Infection is a common cause of swelling and inflammation. The swelling of infection or inflammation must be differentiated from the normal swelling (erection) of the penis that occurs during the sexual response.

Penis swelling can be accompanied by bloody or pink-colored urine (hematuria), itching, rash, redness, or discomfort. Penis swelling 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) or poor health in general.

Balanitis, an inflammation of the foreskin in uncircumcised boys and men—a condition often caused by poor hygiene, infection, or irritation—may also be associated with penis swelling.

Certain sexually transmitted diseases can cause penis swelling. These include genital warts, herpes, syphilis (sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria), and chlamydia.

Seek immediate medical care

if you have penis swelling accompanied by high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), redness spreading into the groin, or severe testicular pain. Penis swelling 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 swelling?

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

Genitourinary symptoms that may occur along with penis swelling

Penis swelling may accompany other symptoms that affect the genitourinary system including:

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


What causes penis swelling?

Penis swelling has a number of different causes, and evaluating other symptoms in conjunction with it can help identify the cause.

Certain sexually transmitted diseases can cause penis swelling. Some sexually transmitted infections, including chlamydia and gonorrhea, cause urethritis (urethral inflammation t... Read more about penis swellingcauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 8, 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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