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Video:What Are Symptoms of a Penis Infection?

with Dr. Bob Lahita

An infection in the penis can be a worrisome ailment for any guy. But with the right information and a visit to the doctor, it can likely be cleared up. Watch this About.com video for more on the topic.See Transcript

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Transcript:What Are Symptoms of a Penis Infection?

Hi I'm Dr. Bob Lahita, Chairman of Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

How a Penis Becomes Infected

The topic for this segment is "What are the symptoms of a penis infection?" There are very few things that infect the penis and of course a localized infection of the penis which is the infection of the glans penis or the very tip, the smooth portion or the actual shaft can certainly occur. Particularly if you are an abuser of drugs and prefer to inject you drugs in the penile veins, of which there are many.

Signs of a Penis Infection

Now, a penis infection of the actual organ is quite serious, because the penis is very vascular. The infection would be called a cellulitis and a cellulitis would mean that the penis would be red, inflamed and extremely painful. More likely, most people think of a penis infection because they produce pus from the actual urethra which is the tube that goes from the tip of the penis into the bladder, which in men happens to be quite long and if you have anything like gonorrhea or other kinds ofinfections such as mycoplasma which is sort of a cross between bacteria and virus, you can get a discharge. It can be a colored discharge like green discharge, or it can be yellow, much as like pus.

Additional Symptoms of a Penis Infection:

  • Herpes: appears as outbreaks of small, painful vesicles
  • Candida: fungal infections under the foreskin or of the glans
  • Cellulitis: skin abscess resulting from bacterial infection
  • Infections of the urethra, epidymis or prostate are also related and usually due to STIs.

For further information about penile infections, go to About.com.

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