Penis pain is any pain or discomfort in the penis.
Pain - penis
Causes may include:
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 right away. Ask your provider about getting treatment for the condition causing priapism. You may need medicines or possibly a procedure or surgery to correct the problem.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your provider if you notice any of the following:
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
Your provider will do a physical exam and take a medical history, which may include the following questions:
The physical exam will most likely include a detailed exam of the penis, testicles, scrotum, and groin.
The pain can be treated once its cause has been found. Treatments depend on the cause:
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Review Date: 1/31/2019
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