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4 Ways to Identify Penis Pain

4 Ways to Identify Penis Pain
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Defining your penis pain is the first step in identifying the cause. There can be many different types of penis pain. Penis pain can be internal or external. It can be concentrated in one area or throughout the penis. It can be dull or sharp, constant or intermittent. Pain that is related to an infection tends to be caused by skin irritations or lesions. Trauma to your penis may produce pain localized to the point of trauma or pain throughout the penis, depending on the injury.

When penis pain occurs is also an important part of discovering the cause. There are several common conditions that cause penis pain during an erection. Priapism, prolonged erection, can be very painful and requires immediate medical attention. A period of erection is considered dangerously long if the penis will not return to its flaccid state within 4 hours. Phimosis is another condition that is painful during an erection. Phimosis affects men who are uncircumcised. With this condition, the foreskin is prevented from full retraction.

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