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Any liquid flowing out of the penis that is not urine or semen is called penile discharge or urethral discharge. Penile discharge is a common occurrence when there is inflammation in the urethra (urethritis).
Penile discharge may vary in texture (watery or cloudy), color (white, red, greenish, or yellowish), and odor. Bloody urine (hematuria) may also come along with it.
Penile discharge can occur regardless if a man is sexually active or not. Uncircumcised men can also suffer from penile discharge due to “balanitis” or the swelling of the foreskin.
Sexually transmitted disease (STD) and urinary tract infection (UTI) are the main causes of penile discharge. Suffering from penile discharge can be stressful. These people can have pain, burning, or stinging when they urinate. This makes it important to know how to treat penile discharge.
Other than the unusual color, odor, and texture of fluid that comes out of the penis, there are other symptoms that might come with penile discharge such as:
When not treated immediately, a person suffering penile discharge might also see symptoms in other parts of the body like:
A minor penile discharge may point to a more serious problem that might need urgent medical attention. Knowing how to treat penile discharge is not enough. When you are experiencing the following, then it is the time to visit your doctor or call an emergency number:
To know how to treat penile discharge, one must be aware of its causes. Some of the well-known causes of penile discharge are urinary tract infection (UTI) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD) like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trichomoniasis.
Penile discharge caused by sexual interaction include:
Urethral discharge is also caused by:
Not all penile discharges are harmful to your reproductive health, but if not treated, it may lead to more serious conditions. Having enough knowledge about how to treat penile discharge may help you lessen its risks.
You must visit your doctor if you’re experiencing:
Penile discharge can be treated if you are aware of what might be causing it. If STD is one of your concerns, it is best to get tested as early as possible to prevent the spread of the disease. Having fewer sexual partners and being less sexually active can also alleviate the chances of dealing with penile discharge.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.