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Monday, January 26, 2009

Causes For Swollen Penis

Allergic reaction - response of body to a foreign substance allergic reaction is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
cramping abdominal pain, hives, itching, vaginal or vulvar itching or irritation

Balanitis - inflammation of glans penis
burning urination in males, discharge from penis, pain in penile foreskin, pain in penis

Insect bites - bites by various insects
a painful swelling in skin, lump or swelling on leg(s), lump(s) in skin, redness in skin

Poison ivy or oak - reaction to poison ivy or oak
blister(s) or bump(s) on skin, hives, itching, rash

Trauma urethra - injury to urethra trauma urethra is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
burning urination in females, difficulty urinating in females, impotence, painful urination in females

Paraphimosis - foreskin trapped behind glans paraphimosis is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
difficulty urinating in males, pain in penis, painful urination in males

The penis can be affected by several different disorders ranging in severity from swelling to nerve damage and impotence. Men experiencing these problems should always consult a licensed physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. Below are a few of the best known medical disorders that can affect the male sexual organ.

Penile Oedema

One of the more common disorders of the penis, called Oedema, is characterized by a swelling of the foreskin. Penile Oedema is often caused by excessive sexual activity, including masturbation. This is usually not a severe condition as long as the foreskin remains in it's normal position and blood flow is not obstructed. If swelling persists, however, a doctor should be consulted as this may point to chronic heart disease.


Paraphimosis (also called capistration) is a condition in which the prepuce, after having been retracted behind the glans penis, is constricted and does not return to it's forward position. This disorder generally occurs due to fluid trapped in the foreskin and can be the result of intense sexual activity. It is often temporary but if it persists for several hours a physician should be contacted.

Peyronie's Disease

Peyronie's disease is a disorder that is characterized by a curvature of the penis caused by the build up of fibrous scar tissue. While surgery may be necessary to correct this condition, in some cases the use of special traction devices has been shown to be effective in straightening the penis. Read "Peyronie's Disease: Is surgery the only option?" for more information.

Pudendal Nerve Damage

The pudendal nerve, as it relates to the external genital organs, is sometimes subject to damage due to accidents or even from sitting on hard bicycle seats for extended periods of time. It is characterized by pain while sitting and a numbing of the genitals. This condition should not be confused with the loss of sensation caused by permanent nerve damage associated with diabetes or peripheral neuropathy.


Priapism is a painful medical condition characterized by a persistent erection of the penis which is not related to sexual arousal. Complications from priapism can include ischaemia, thrombosis and impotence. Although less common, severe cases of this condition can result in gangrene which would make amputation of the penis necessary.


Now commonly called "erectile dysfunction", impotence is probably the best known of all penis disorders. Impotence is the inability to reach or maintain an erection and is increasingly common in men over the age of 40. While not a life-threatening condition, impotence does effect sexual performance and can have serious psychological implications.

The penis disorders listed above are just a few of the medical conditions related to the male genitalia. As always, consult your physician if you think you might be experiencing any problem associated with your penis.


jaduboy September 7, 2009 at 6:30 AM  

Dear Doctor,
I have a:
1.Small Lump/swelling on the shaft of my penis.
2.It is very painfull.
3.I have applied Quadriderm cream on it initially as i thought it could be an itch as I drive a lot.
4.The lump/swelling is inside the skin (epidermis), hard to touch , & very painfull.
5.I did not had sex with any women for last one year.

Kindly help me in understanding what it is & how can i treat this as i feel it can deeply hamper my sexual life as i will be returning to my wife in two months from now.

Amit Thakur

sharriiff January 16, 2012 at 9:49 PM  

As funny as this may seem, it happened to me. From the groin both left and right to my penis was swollen exactly 24 hours after I had a very strenuous sexual activity.
The next day I applied Ben Gay cream on my penis along to the middle of my groin for a few minutes and wiped it off with a wet hot towel. Also a Tylenol to help subside the pain. The next day the swelling drastically reduced and I felt better ever since. But I refused to have sex again since because I still don't know what could have gone wrong. Did my partner cheated or what? She denied it but I still doubt it. I feel ok down there now but I still want to get checked for any STD .

Korando March 28, 2012 at 3:29 AM  

Hi doc i have experienced this problem long enough and now am worried.My penis swollen and painful sometimes.Iam seeing some yellowish discharge from the penis.Pls help me i dont want to die.

leggo April 20, 2012 at 7:20 PM  

My 8 yr old son has looks like knots on his penis and it is swollen. Do u thk its insect bites r wat doc

DD December 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM  

hie. A few hours after musturbation my penis has swelled up! I was circumsised obout 6-8 months ago Please help me i so scared. What is the problem?

nick February 18, 2013 at 5:31 AM  

Hi my son is seven years old and his penis is inflamed, very swollen and painful. i took him to the doctor she put him on antibiotics and an ointment. It has been like this for 3 days now. I was wondering is there some way that she can extract the fluid? please help.


nick February 18, 2013 at 5:36 AM  

hey leggo I think my son has the same problem as your son what sis you do. Please help.

Rahul Sid July 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM  

Hi Doctor,
This is Sidharth. I have the shaft of the penis swollen for about 2 weeks now. It looks like it is in a 25 % erected state. There is absolutely no pain and no other problem at all. I believe I first observed this after I masturbated. Until then it was all fine .It looks like a vein is stretched. I have been applying ice now and then. After applying ice the swelling is going down almost completely. But after sometime it is returning back to the same 25% erected look alike state. Please help me out.
Will be waiting for your reply !

Thanks and Regards

unknown September 19, 2013 at 11:11 AM  

after having aorta surgery my penis grew 9" long and 3.5" wide very uncomfortable what cause that

umyeah2013 September 29, 2013 at 1:03 PM  

well my boyfriend has a massive toothache and his penis is swollen. he said its uncomfortable to pee but no pain otherwise. could the two be connected? any other suggestions?

frank adam October 11, 2013 at 8:51 AM  

i was bitten by a bee, ever since then i noticed my pennis has been swollen.. Please doc. can u assist me

Mils Leece May 25, 2014 at 5:47 PM  

Hi.. Did u get any reply? My penis swollen after masturbated. Im worried.

Michael August 7, 2015 at 9:07 AM  

Fellas.. if your penis is swollen you should use a penis health creme that contains Vitamin E and shea butter. This creme will soothe your skin and get things back to normal in no time. There is nothing better out there for minor penis skin irritation.

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kunal khanna September 17, 2016 at 8:45 PM  

Dear I did musterbating last night and in morning the skin of penis which cover the penis has swollen there are no pain in that area but I am scared kindly guide me what should i do

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