Mediclinic Al Sufouh

Knowledge Village - Dubai

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Fashion Avenue - Dubai

Penis pain

penis pain

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Penis pain can be acute, dull, burning or throbbing. It can be continuous, recurrent, or can occur only during erections. It is common after strenuous and prolonged sexual activity. Other causes are infections or diseases that radiate pain through the penis. We efficiently treat most conditions causing pain in the penis. However, different situations require early diagnosis and prompt treatment to prevent serious complications.

Symptoms and causes of penis pain

Other symptoms go along with pain in the penis.

  • Only pain without any accompanied symptom:
  • Only pain during the erection:
    • Phimosis (the erection stretches the tight foreskin causing pain, in particular during the sexual intercourse);
    • Priapism (long-lasting full erection);
    • Peyronie’s disease (painful nodule in the penis).
  • If penile swelling and redness or itching, it could be:
    • Injury during physical activity;
    • Strenuous sex or prolonged sexual activity;
    • Paraphimosis;
    • Balanoposthitis (acute infection of the foreskin, primarily yeast infection);
    • Cellulitis (severe infection of the soft underskin tissue);
    • An abscess (collection of underskin pus).
  • Penile discharge and painful urination (usually it is STD):
  • Difficult or impossible urination:
  • Penile ulceration and bleeding:


It depends on the underlying disease or situation. Self-treatment at home is possible but only after seeing a doctor.


We recommend seeking immediate medical care if:

  • severe pain;
  • pain gets worse;
  • new symptoms, such as redness or swelling.
  • signs of a urinary tract infection: painful urination;
  • frequent urge to urinate without being able to pass much urine;
  • Blood in the urine;
  • fever and malaise.

Early diagnosis is the key to prompt treatment and prevention of serious complications.