juin 2019
Expert Author John Dugan
On an average man-targeted website, there's at least one pop-up promoting the notion of "all night" erections, leading many men to believe that an everlasting boner is something to strive for. In reality, the penis is simply not designed to stay firm for hours. In fact, men with erections that simply won't go away and are accompanied by penis pain may have an emergency medical condition known as priapism; this condition can cause permanent damage and requires immediate attention to penis care.
Common Causes
A penis is a bit like a balloon, designed to fill up for use and then empty out when the moment has passed. Unlike a balloon, which is typically filled with air, a penis is filled up with blood, and anytime that flow of blood is disrupted, the erection can malfunction. In most cases, priapism occurs when blood can't leave the penis. Some men, however, experience difficulty when too much blood goes into the penis.
Some diseases cause abnormalities in blood vessels or in the blood itself. Sickle cell anemia and leukemia, for example, can cause these kinds of changes; these diseases have both been associated with priapism. There are times, however, when substances a man puts into his body change his blood flow, and these substances can also cause episodes of unwanted, persistent erections. Common culprits include:
  • Blood thinners
  • Antidepressants
  • Erectile dysfunction medications
  • Some illicit drugs
A traumatic blow to the penis or the area around the penis can also cause priapism. When the injury is severe enough to sever an artery or a vein, the blood's movement is hindered, and the blood can rush where it doesn't belong or get trapped in the tissues of the penis with no way out.
Getting Better
Priapism is considered a medical emergency, and as a result, men who have erections lasting more than 4 hours are often encouraged to head right to the emergency room in order to get help. It can be an embarrassing visit for men, as they may not wish to discuss their erection problems in front of medical professionals they've never met before, and if the penis has been damaged due to a sex-related injury, men may be especially reluctant to talk about the problem. However, avoiding treatment can result in permanent damage to the penile tissue and even lead to loss of function. Men should keep in mind that medical professionals are there to help, and they have been trained to deal with exactly such problems. Rather than judging their patients, they're likely to want to stick to the facts of the case and develop a treatment plan, so the patient can get better and the doctor can move on to the next person who needs help.
In some cases, priapism can be treated with either oral or injectable medications. These drugs can cause the blood vessels to constrict or expand so that the trapped blood can once again move freely. If medications don't work, shunting surgery can provide a rapid solution, and healing times for this procedure are generally short.
Expert Author John Dugan
Penis discharge of a fluid other than urine or semen from the urethral opening is not normal, and it is usually the sign of an infection. While most infections can be treated through standard medical care, early intervention is important in preventing complications or the risk of passing on the infection. In addition, attention to penis care and proper hygiene, as well as the practice of safe sex, are all important in reducing the chances of contracting a communicable disease.
Symptoms of penis discharge
Any type of fluid expelled from the penile opening that is not semen or urine is not normal and is referred to as discharge. This fluid can range in appearance and consistency from a clear, watery fluid to a yellowish or whitish, thick and/or chunky substance. In some cases, the discharge may appear greenish in color, and an unpleasant odor may be present.
It is important to note that the seminal fluid that is released during arousal (often referred to as "precum") or that leaks from the urethral opening following climax is not abnormal; it is simply the body's natural solution for lubrication and should not be a cause for concern.
Discharge related to infection may be accompanied by other symptoms such as pain or burning on urination, frequency of urination, fever, sore throat, swollen glands, headache, rash in the groin area and itching.
What causes abnormal discharge from the penis?
Any type of discharge (from the penis or otherwise) is typically a sign of infection. In the case of the penis, this problem is usually related to a sexually transmitted infection such as gonnorhea, chlamydia, or herpes. Some non-sexually transmitted conditions, including thrush (yeast infection) and balanitis may also cause similar symptoms.
Men who experience any of these symptoms are urged to seek medical care. Ignoring the problem can lead to complications, and any sexual contact while symptoms are present can result in passing the infection to a partner. Men who are carrying a sexually transmitted infection can pass it on to a partner without the presence of symptoms, so all individuals who are active should be tested regularly.
Treatment for penis infection
Treatment for an infection depends on the exact cause of the condition, which can generally be determined by a swab test of the fluid. Yeast infection is typically treated with over-the-counter or prescription creams; communicable diseases generally require a round of antibiotics.
Men who are infected should abstain from sexual contact during the course of the treatment, and partners should be treated as well; otherwise, the risk of reinfection is high.
Preventing infection and boosting penis health
Not all penis infections can be prevented, and chances are that most men will run into occasional problems. However, with the right treatment, men can reduce the risk of contracting a communicable disease that can cause unpleasant and difficult-to-treat symptoms.
The first line of defense, of course, comes down to using barrier protection, especially for random sexual encounters. Men who are in a committed relationship should make it a priority to talk honestly and openly with their partners about any past issues and decide on the best approach to disease prevention and birth control.
Expert Author John Dugan
In spite of educational efforts and the easy availability of protection, the number of patients diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection, or STI, continues to increase each year, particularly among teenagers and young adults. This problem makes it clear that not everyone takes the risks seriously - at least until it happens to them.
At the first sign of penis blisters, sores, discharge, or anything else out of the ordinary, men are prone to panic, wondering who could have infected them and whether they are now doomed to a life alone, with no hope of enjoying sex again. A positive diagnosis of an STI can be truly devastating; not only in terms of the symptoms of the infection itself, but also in terms of the personal consequences. Fortunately, many STIs can be treated successfully, and with the right approach to penis care, men can overcome the physical and emotional effects and enjoy a happy, healthy, and safe sex life.
What is an STI, anyway?
A sexually transmitted infection is any infectious condition that is transmitted through sexual contact, whether through skin-on-skin contact or through the sharing of body fluids. Many STIs are caused by bacteria; these can generally be treated through a course of antibiotics. However, a large number of infections are viral in nature; while some of these may eventually be eliminated from the body, others are not curable, and those who have contracted them will face a lifetime of medications and the possibility of infecting a romantic partner.
Symptoms of STIs vary according to the cause, but many recognizable signs include fever, sore throat, blisters or warts on the genitals, itching, and discharge from the penis. On the other hand, it is important to keep in mind that not all infected individuals show any outward symptoms, but they can still pass the disease on to a partner. Therefore, safe sex and frequent testing are essential for all sexually active people.
Four tips for managing the physical and emotional effects
Aside from the uncomfortable and embarrassing physical symptoms of an STI, men who are infected face problems like loss of self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. The following tips can help men and their partners to manage these concerns and take the most positive steps possible toward recovery.
  • Know the enemy - understanding the disease and its implications is essential to treating it properly. Men who are infected should find out everything they can about the condition, as well as how it is treated, and should not be afraid to ask for help from trained medical professionals.

  • Stop the blame - it can be easy to feel hurt and betrayed when the signs of an STI appear. However, a sexually transmitted infection is not always a sign that a partner has been unfaithful. Either partner could easily have been infected in a previous relationship, so blaming one another is only likely to result in more hurt and distress.

  • Seek counseling­ - men who have a communicable disease often feel a great loss of self-worth and may feel socially isolated after contracting an infection. Joining a support group or talking to a sex counselor can be a good way to put things in perspective and learn how to manage the stress and anxiety.