A burning sensation in the penis can have many causes, but most are very treatable. The burning sensation occurs during urination and may, depending on the cause, occur alongside other symptoms. For example, there might be swelling or itchiness around the penis. Various types of infection can cause a burning sensation in the penis. These are usually treatable with antibiotic medications. Some infections are preventable through practicing safe sex.
In men , the urethra is a tube that runs from the bladder through the penis. In women it runs from the bladder through the pelvis. The urethra carries urine from the bladder outside the body. Two common STDs that can cause this symptom include chlamydia and gonorrhea.
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Prostatitis is swelling or infection of the prostate gland. It often hurts. The prostate gland sits just below a man's bladder and makes part of the fluid for semen. In young men, the prostate is about the size of a walnut. It usually grows larger as you grow older.