What Causes A Burning Sensation In The Penis?

A burning sensation in the penis can be very alarming, especially when you don’t know what’s causing it. The burning sensation is most felt during urination. It’s usually a symptom of any of a number of infections or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) most of which are very treatable.  

Here are the most common causes of hot penis:

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Urinary Tract Infection or UTI is caused by bacteria that entered and infected any part of the urinary tract, which includes the kidneys, bladder, ureters, and urethra. One of the common symptoms of this infection is a burning sensation when peeing. Other symptoms also include frequent urination, urine with strong odor and/or with dark or cloudy color, pelvic pain, and the feeling of not emptying the bladder completely.

UTI can be treated easily with antibiotics. However, you must consult with your doctor first. Your doctor will have to run tests to determine what kind of bacteria is causing the infection, then prescribe the most effective antibiotic to treat it. Drinking a lot of water can also help alongside the treatment.


One of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is chlamydia, which can be passed on from person to person through unprotected sexual activities. Chlamydia causes a burning sensation when peeing and abnormal discharges.

Treating chlamydia usually requires a series of antibiotic medications prescribed by your doctor. It will also help if you avoid engaging in any sexual activities during the treatment.

Preventing chlamydia is as easy as wearing a condom during sex. Chlamydia doesn’t usually show symptoms, so if you have multiple partners, you should get regular testing.

Penile Yeast Infection

Penile yeast infection is usually contracted through having sex with a person who has a vaginal yeast infection. Common symptoms of this infection includes burning sensation on the penis, itchiness, rashes, and white discharge.

Though yeast infection can be treated with usual over-the-counter antifungal cream or ointment, it’s best to have it diagnosed by your doctor, becausef the infection might be more serious than it appears to be.


Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, or the tube that’s responsible for carrying the urine from the bladder and excreting it from the body. This condition may cause a burning sensation on the penis as it’s where the pee goes through. It’s also where semen comes out. Common symptoms include:

  • Burning sensation while peeing
  • Itching or burning sensation near the opening of the penis
  • Blood in the semen or urine
  • Discharge from the penis

This condition may have a few similarities with UTI in terms of initial symptoms, but should not be confused with each other as urethritis requires a different kind of treatment. A doctor’s advice is needed on the appropriate for this condition.


Gonorrhea is a common STI caused by bacteria that tends to affect the warm, moist areas of the body. This includes the urethra, which may lead to the burning sensation on your penis. This STI also often doesn’t show symptoms, but when it does, the most common ones are:

  • Burning sensation when peeing
  • Pain in or swelling of the testicles
  • Dripping discharge from the penis

Most modern antibiotics can cure gonorrhea. If you suspect that you’re experiencing gonorrhea, get in touch with your doctor or healthcare provider and get tested right away. Avoiding any sexual activity while treating gonorrhea can also help in curing it quicker.

Penile cancer

In very rare cases, a burning sensation in your penis could be a symptom of penile cancer. This type of cancer is extremely rare. Along with the unexplained pain and burning sensation, symptoms may also include changes in penis color, growth or sores, and thickening of the penis skin.

Treatment of penile cancer usually requires surgery. Radiation therapy can be a replacement or an addition to the surgery. Large tumors may require chemotherapy.

Burning or hot sensation in your penis may be alarming at first, but once you know what causes it, you can calm yourself as most of the causes are very treatable with the right medications. Take note of the other symptoms such as rashes or fever and make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.

Most sexually transmitted infections can easily be avoided by using condoms while having sex. So always have some ready for any sexual encounter, especially when you f have multiple sexual partners.




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