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9 Potential Penis Lump Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Genital Warts

    Genital warts are one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. It is caused by infection by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). While it cannot be cured, treatment may help.

    Infection with HPV cannot be cured, but the warts themselves can be removed surgically or sometimes resolve themselves in a matter of weeks.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    bump on the penis that feels like thickened skin, penis itch, small penis lump, marble sized penis lump
    Symptoms that always occur with genital warts:
    bump on the penis that feels like thickened skin
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Urinary Tract Infection

    Urinary tract infections are bacterial infections of the tube that takes urine from the kidney all the way out of the body.

    Symptoms most often go away within 24 to 48 hours after treatment begins.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, sudden urgency to urinate, penis pain, urinary changes, painful urination
    Symptoms that always occur with urinary tract infection:
    signs of urinary tract inflammation
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Urethritis

    Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine away from the bladder.

    Within a day or two of antibiotic treatment, symptoms usually resolve.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful urination, penis pain, fluid leaking, pink/blood-tinged urine, cloudy urine
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Non - Specific Dermatitis (Skin Inflammation)

    Dermatitis is the inflammation ("-itis") of the skin ("derma" is a layer of the skin). It can be caused by any number of causes, from allergies to infections to autoimmune issues. Dermatitis of Normal Variation (also called, "NOS") means that all of those other causes of your rash have been ruled out. This is very common.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    red rash, itchy rash, painful rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific dermatitis (skin inflammation):
    red rash
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  5. 5.Chronic Prostatitis

    Prostatitis is swelling and irritation of the prostate gland. The prostate gland sits under the bladder, near the rectum, and produces the fluid that carries sperm.

    1/3 of men say symptoms go away by themselves after 1 year. With treatment, course is dependent on underlying cause.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    urinary changes, painful urination, testicle pain, frequent urination, penis pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Acute Prostatitis

    Acute prostatitis is quickly developing swelling and irritation of the prostate gland. The prostate gland sits under the bladder, near the rectum (end of the large intestine), and it makes the fluid that carries sperm.

    2 week treatment, may be 4-6 weeks depending on severity of infection.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    penis pain, fever, urinary changes, painful urination, chills
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  7. 7.Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. The patches mostly affect the elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms and feet.

    Psoriasis is a chronic condition. Often flare-ups come and go. In some cases, psoriasis goes away over time.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, rash with well-defined border, painful rash, scaly rash
    Symptoms that never occur with psoriasis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Hives

    Urticaria are itchy, temporary rashes that rarely become swollen. It is often referred to as "hives."

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    red or pink, rough patch of skin, itchy rash, curved rash, insect bite or sting, hives, red swollen bumps or patches with a pale center
    Symptoms that always occur with hives:
    red or pink, rough patch of skin
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  9. 9.Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (Bph)

    The prostate is a gland in men. It helps make semen, the fluid that contains sperm. The prostate surrounds the tube that carries urine out of the body. As men age, their prostate grows bigger. If it gets too large, it can cause problems. An enlarged prostate is also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Most men will get BPH as they get older. Symptoms often start after age 50.

    This is a chronic condition but can be well controlled with medication.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    sudden urgency to urinate, waking up regularly to pee at night, frequent urination, constant but weak urination stream, feeling of not getting everything out when urinating
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Penis Lump

  • Q.Does the bump feel like an area of thickened skin?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you notice anything going on with your penis?
  • Q.Are you sexually active?

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Penis Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced penis lump have also experienced:

    • 11% Penile Skin Changes
    • 8% Penis Pain
    • 7% Penis Itch
  • People who have experienced penis lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 30% Less Than a Week
    • 27% Over a Month
    • 18% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced penis lump were most often matched with:

    • 20% Genital Warts
    • 6% Urethritis
    • 2% Urinary Tract Infection
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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