A normally functioning penis is important for sexual activity, fertility and urination. Penile inflammation can interfere with these functionalities and should be addressed if issues occur.

The size of the penis is impacted by drainage of lymphatic fluid and blood. Swelling may be a sign that drainage of one of these substances is not occurring as it should. The skin of the penis can also become swollen.

Symptoms that can be associated with inflammation (depending on the underlying cause) include:

  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Thickened skin
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Scrotal swelling
  • Leg swelling
  • Itching
  • Sudden loss of an erection
  • Penile discharge
  • Pain after sex

Causes of a penile inflammation is likely due to excess fluid, injury, infection or skin conditions. Also:

  • Excess fluid
  • Injury
  • Infection
  • Skin conditions
  • Uninary Tract Infections
  • Penis fracture
  • Nephrotic syndrome


Depending on the cause of the penile inflammation you might be prescribed one or more of the following treatments:

  • Steroid cream: This can soothe contact dermatitis.
  • Antibiotic or antifungal treatment: This is for any infection.
  • Other skin medication: This can treat a skin condition such as psoriasis.
  • A diuretic medication: This will increase urination in order to get rid of extra fluid in the body associated with edema.
  • Circumcision: This canresolve recurrent inflammation and infection of the foreskin.
  • Compression and massage: This can help remove trapped lymphatic fluid, or referral for surgical management after other treatments are ineffective.

Penile inflammation is normal for the most part if it is noted after sex or masturbation. If penile inflammation does not resolve within a few minutes or if you do notice other symptoms, you should consider booking an appointment with a urologist for diagnosis and treatment as necessary.

If you would like to speak to our team about penile inflammation, please call us on 0161 327 1269 or email us at info@urologyclinics.co.uk.