An itchy urethra or discharge from the urethra is usually from a medical condition called urethritis. It is not a disease itself but a symptom of an infection. Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. There are multiple reasons why a man's urethra may become inflamed. The most common cause of urethritis is a sexually transmitted infection, usually Neisseria gonorrhoeae or Chlamydia trachomatis, which causes gonorrhea and chlamydia , respectively. Other causes of infectious urethritis include the Trichomonas species, Mycoplasma genitalium , and viruses like adenovirus or herpes simplex virus HSV.
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Balanitis is an infection or inflammation of the skin on the head glans of the penis. In men who are not circumcised, this area is covered by a flap of skin known as the foreskin, or prepuce. Balanitis can occur in both circumcised and uncircumcised men, although it occurs more commonly in men who are not circumcised. Young boys generally are affected only if they have a very tight foreskin that is difficult to pull back. While any man can develop balanitis, the condition is most likely to occur in men who have a tight foreskin that is difficult to pull back, or who have poor hygiene. Diabetes can make balanitis more likely, especially if the blood sugar is poorly controlled.
What is balanitis? Do YOU have a itchy penis disorder that can be caused by bad hygiene?
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Skip to content. Balanitis is a skin irritation on the head of the penis that can affect men and boys. It's not usually serious, but you should see your GP if you think you or your son has balanitis. Balanitis affects the head of the penis and the foreskin. You should see your GP if you think you've got balanitis.