Alternative Names Pain - penis; Priapism Home Care How you treat penis pain at home depends on its cause. Talk to your health care provider about treatment. Ice packs may help ease the pain. If penis pain is caused by a sexually transmitted disease, it is important for your sexual partner to also be treated. An erection that does not go away (priapism) is a medical emergency. Get to the hospital emergency room immediately. Ask your health care provider about getting treatment for the condition causing priapism. Call your health care provider if Call your health care provider if you notice any of the following: An erection that does not go away (priapism) -- seek immediate medical attention Pain that lasts for more than 4 hours Pain with other unexplained symptoms What to expect at your health care provider's office Your health care provider will do a physical examination and take a medical history, which may include the following questions: When did the pain start? Is it always present? Is it a pain...
You or your doctor may notice an abnormal hardening of the tissue below the skin, in one area along the shaft of the penis.
During erection, there may be:
A bend in the penis, which usually begins at the area where you feel the scar tissue or hardening
Narrowing of the penis
Problems with penetration or pain during intercourse
Shortening of the penis
Signs and tests
The health care provider can diagnose curvature of the penis with a physical examination. The hard plaques can be felt with or without an erection.
The doctor may use injected medications to cause an erection. Or you may provide your health care provider with pictures of the erect penis for evaluation.
An ultrasound may show the scar tissue in the penis, but it is not necessary.
About once or
twice a month, I see a young male in his late teens or early 20s who come to me
to evaluate a bump or lesion on his penis. Interestingly, many of these men
have sought evaluation before and STILL don't know what they have.
Here are the
most common causes of this symptom:
grouped lesions on the penis that are painful? Think about genital herpes as the cause. These lesions can also occur on the buttocks or anal area. The
initial outbreak may be associated with fever. Herpes is the most common STD in
and most genital lesions in men are herpes.
Have a bump
that looks like a wart or has a cauliflower appearance? You may have genital
warts. Warts are caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus --
different ones than those that cause cervical cancer in women. In most cases,
the warts do not cause symptoms, but occasionally they can burn, itch or be
tender. They can also produce a discharge. The lesions may be tan, pink or
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