Itchy Penis

Reviewed by Frank Cockerill, MD, July 20, 2017

If you are experiencing burning or itchy sensations on your penis, you may have a sexually transmitted disease. For most men, this sensation is very recognizable.

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The exact cause and location can vary on an individual basis and are often the result of some type of nerve injury, but it could also be a sign of a more serious issue.

What does a burning or itchy penis feel like?

Men often describe their burning or itchy penis as having partial numbness or tingling, which is commonly described as similar to feeling pins and needles across the skin. It’s often described as a type of burning or tingling sensation. The burning sensation can be extremely uncomfortable and create difficulty with urination, sexual relations, and daily activities.

Are there are any side effects associated with a burning or itchy penis?

For some men, this feeling may be accompanied by blisters, pain, bloody or pink-colored urine. Peeling, rash, scarring, or swelling are also common. Specific lesions on the penis are best evaluated in person by a physician.

Can my itching penis be a sign of an STD?

Getting tested regularly is the best way to stay up-to-date on your sexual health. If you are having unprotected sex or sex with a new partner, STD testing may be the right decision for you.

Most men don’t know that an itchy or burning penis can be an early symptom of an STD like chlamydia.

Chlamydia is curable with antibiotics if detected and treated early. As long as it’s treated in the early stages, long-term risks associated with chlamydia are minimal.

Untreated STDs can cause long term health problems for patients, so it’s important to get tested if you believe you’re at risk.

Before you can discuss treatment options with a doctor, you need to get tested.

What else could be causing my penis to feel like it’s itching or burning?

Urethritis is the medical term 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.

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