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Overview of a Burning Sensation in the Penis

A burning sensation in the penis is not normal. Whether this painful feeling in the penis occurs during urination or ejaculation—or anytime for that matter—it can indicate a problem, specifically a sexually transmitted disease. Fortunately, many of these “man problems” that cause these annoying symptoms are curable.

A burning or itching feeling in the penis may be accompanied by other STD symptoms. For example, when a trichomoniasis symptom, you may also experience a mild discharge.

Possible Causes of a Burning Sensation in the Penis

  • Sexually transmitted diseases. The following STDs may cause a burning sensation in the penis:
    • Trichomoniasis
    • Gonorrhea
    • Chlamydia
  • Genital herpes
  • Epididymitis, a complication of certain STDs
  • Urethritis or urinary tract infection

Diagnosing a Burning Sensation in the Penis

STD testing is the most efficient way to diagnose a burning sensation in the penis. If you are experiencing STD or trichomonisis symptoms, get a genital herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis test to rule out infection. Many STDs have similar symptoms so the other guaranteed way to diagnose a burning sensation in the penis is through STD testing.

If your STD and trichomoniasis testing comes back negative, other conditions may to blame. A doctor can diagnose that condition with further testing and evaluation.

Treating a Burning Sensation in the Penis

Treatment for this unpleasant symptom depends on the diagnosis. When caused by trichomoniasis, symptoms are cured through prescription medications. Gonorrhea and chlamydia are each cured with different antibiotics. Genital herpes is treatable with antiviral medication. Epididymitis and UTIs are cured with medication as well.

Other Common STD Symptoms

An STD infection may include other symptoms in men, including:

  • A painful, itching or burning sensation in or around the penis
  • Green, white or yellow discharge from the penis
  • Pain during urination
  • Pain or discomfort after ejaculation 
  • Testicular pain
  • Genital sores or blisters around the penis, scrotum, thighs or anus

Symptoms of gonorrhea and chlamydia generally show up 1 to 14 days after infection. However, do not wait for symptoms to appear. These STDs can commonly occur without causing any noticeable symptoms. If you may have been exposed, have STD testing performed to rule out an infection.

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Written & researched by Abby Morgan

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