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7 Potential Redness at the Tip of the Penis 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.Gonococcal Urethritis

    Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a germ (bacterium) called the gonococcus. This bacterium is spread by sexual contact, or through transmission during childbirth, and causes inflammation of the urethra, which is the tube that passes urine.

    Infection takes up to a week to clear.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    painful urination, fluid leaking, spontaneous testicle pain, redness at the tip of the penis, testicular swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Chlamydia (Male)

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread by sexual contact. It can often be carried without symptoms, but can have serious health effects if left untreated.

    The infection should clear in 1-7days after treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    testicle pain, painful urination, sudden urgency to urinate, fluid leaking, frequent urination
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Gonococcal Urethritis

    Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a germ (bacterium) called the gonococcus. This bacterium is spread by sexual contact, or through transmission during childbirth, and causes inflammation of the urethra, which is the tube that passes urine.

    Infection takes up to a week to clear.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    painful urination, fluid leaking, spontaneous testicle pain, testicular swelling, redness at the tip of the penis
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.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
  5. 5.Chlamydia (Male)

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread by sexual contact. It can often be carried without symptoms, but can have serious health effects if left untreated.

    The infection should clear in 1-7days after treatment.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    testicle pain, sudden urgency to urinate, painful urination, frequent urination, fluid leaking
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Chlamydia (Male)

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread by sexual contact. It can often be carried without symptoms, but can have serious health effects if left untreated.

    The infection should clear in 1-7days after treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    testicle pain, sudden urgency to urinate, frequent urination, painful urination, testicular swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Chlamydia (Male)

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread by sexual contact. It can often be carried without symptoms, but can have serious health effects if left untreated.

    The infection should clear in 1-7days after treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    testicle pain, sudden urgency to urinate, painful urination, frequent urination, fluid leaking
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Redness at the Tip of the Penis

  • Q.Are you sexually active?
  • Q.Do you notice anything going on with your testicles or scrotum?
  • Q.Do you notice anything going on with your penis?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?

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Redness at the Tip of the Penis Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced redness at the tip of the penis have also experienced:

    • 17% Painful Urination
    • 9% Penis Pain
    • 6% Itchiness at the Tip of the Penis
  • People who have experienced redness at the tip of the penis had symptoms persist for:

    • 34% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced redness at the tip of the penis were most often matched with:

    • 14% Gonococcal Urethritis
    • 13% Chlamydia (Male)
    • 12% Gonococcal Urethritis
  • 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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