Noticed any symptoms which involve your penis? There can be problems like swelling, redness, or itching in the penile region. If you notice these problems in your penis, then you might be suffering from some penis disease. You might be suffering from STI which is a sexually transmitted infection that requires treatment soon. This article will provide you with a range of penis diseases and when is the right time to see the doctor.
Here are some common penis diseases that can get severe with time:
- Yeast infection
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature ejaculation
- Peyronie’s disease
- Retrograde ejaculation
- Penile cancer
- Penile fracture
- Phimosis and paraphimosis
- Lichen planus
- Skin cancer
Balanitis occurs when the head of your penis is irritated and gets inflamed. You are likely to develop balanitis if you are not circumcised. The symptoms of balanitis include:
- Foreskin swelling
- Tightness of foreskin
- Discharge from your penis head
- Itching around the genital area
- Painful genital skin
- Soreness of the glans penis
Also Read: How To Cure Balanitis Fast?
Men can get yeast infections in the penile region too. This infection is caused by a fungus. It begins with a red rash, but you can also notice shiny, white patches on the skin of the penis. The symptoms of yeast infection in the penis are:
- Moist penis skin
- Cottage cheese substance which is beneath the foreskin or skin folds
- Burning sensation in the skin of the penis
- Itching in your penis
Erectile dysfunction occurs when you are not able to maintain or get an erection. This is not always a cause for a medical concern. Various physical and psychological factors are responsible for erectile dysfunction. These factors include high blood pressure, varicocele, hydrocele, anxiety, and stress, etc as common triggers for occasional erectile dysfunction. But if erectile dysfunction occurs regularly, this can be a sign of underlying health problems. The symptoms of erectile dysfunction are:
- Loss of interest in sex
- Difficulty in getting an erection
- Trouble in keeping an erection while having sex
Premature ejaculation occurs when you release semen while in intercourse earlier than desired, which is usually after less than a minute of intercourse. Premature ejaculation is not a health problem but it can disrupt your sexual performance or pleasure and can be a cause of relationship problems. There is nothing to worry if premature ejaculation occurs once in a while. If it happens to often, you might have to consult your doctor about the treatment options, which will include counseling.
Peyronie’s disease is the type of erectile dysfunction that happens when the scar tissue causes the penis to bend. A slight penis curve is normal but the curve which is associated with Peyronie’s disease is more distinct. This can result from the penis injury which causes the scar tissue which is called plaque to build up. The symptoms of peyronie’s disease are:
- The curve of the penis
- Hard lumps on the bottom of your penis shaft
- Discomfort when you are hard or about to ejaculate
- Penis shortening
Priapism refers to when the person is having some painful erections which last for more than four hours. This occurs due to abnormality in the blood flow to the penis. There are two types of priapism:
- Low-flow, which has blood getting stuck in the tissues of the penis
- High-flow, this is caused by the broken blood vessels which affect the blood flow in and out of the penis
The priapism symptoms are a hard penis shaft with the soft head, pain sensations in your penis. You should seek medical attention if the erection lasts for longer.
Retrograde ejaculation occurs when the muscles which usually keep the semen out of the bladder doesn’t work properly. This will allow the semen to flow into the bladder during the orgasm. Some people call this a dry orgasm. Retrograde ejaculation is easy to recognize as there won’t be any semen coming out when you ejaculate. You might notice that urine looks cloudy which is because of the presence of semen.
Anorgasmia happens when you are not able to achieve an orgasm. There are four types of anorgasmia which are:
- Primary anorgasmia which means you won’t be able to reach orgasm and never have one.
- Secondary anorgasmia is you can’t reach the orgasm but you did in the past.
- Situational anorgasmia you are able to orgasm via certain activities like masturbation or sexual acts.
- General anorgasmia you are never able to reach the orgasm, even though are aroused and are close to ejaculating.
This is very rare, but you can get cancer in the penis. This is called penile cancer. Penile conditions such as phimosis, balanitis, posthitis, etc are the major risk factors for penile cancer. If this is left untreated, this can spread to other parts of your body, so just make sure to see the doctor if you are having any symptoms of penile cancer. Symptoms of penile cancer can include:
- Unusual discharge
- Burning sensation
- Blood in semen or urine
- Lump present on your penis
- Changes in the skin color of the penis
A penile fracture occurs when you injure your penis and the tissues get damaged. Such damage makes your penis hard when you have an erection. The symptoms of the penile fracture include:
- Intense pain
- Losing your erection quickly
- Unusual penis bleeding
- Bleeding from the penis
- Trouble in peeing
- Snapping sound
- Bruising on penis skin
You should not delay getting the treatment for a penile fracture to avoid any long-term complications.
The phimosis occurs when you are not able to pull back the foreskin from the penis head. This condition doesn’t require treatment unless it starts to interfere with normal functioning, like urination. Paraphimosis is the opposite issue where the foreskin is not able to be pulled forward over the penis head. The foreskin can swell which will cut off the blood flow. This is a serious issue.
Genital psoriasis occurs when you develop a rash, this will affect your penis, thighs, and buttocks. Psoriasis can cause patches of dry skin. In some severe cases, the skin can bleed and crack, which will make you susceptible to infections which include STIs.
Lichen planus is an immune system condition that can cause a rash on the penis. This is similar to psoriasis, but the lichen planus rashes are bumpier. The symptoms of lichen planus are:
- Lines on top of your rash
- Blisters which are filled with pus
- Discolored bumps on the penis
- White lesions in your mouth
Skin cancer is common in areas that get a lot of sun exposure, it also affects the areas of the skin which tend to be covered, including the penis.
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that spreads via unprotected genitals. There are no symptoms of chlamydia at first but with time it can cause these problems:
- Pain when you ejaculate
- Abdominal pain
- Green or yellow discharge
Gonorrhea is the bacterial infection that is spread via unprotected oral, genital, anal sex. As similar to chlamydia, gonorrhea doesn’t always have symptoms. But the symptoms include:
- Frequent urination
- Testicular pain
- Sore throat
- Burning sensations when you urinate
- Swelling at the tip of the penis
When to visit a doctor
Not every penis condition requires medical treatment and some of them can get cured on your own. It’s best to make an appointment if you notice any of the symptoms:
- Penis discharge
- Blood in the semen and urine
- Burning when you urinate
- Losing the desire to sex
- Curving of the penis which might hurt when you are erect
- Long-lasting pain after penis injury