Noticing white penis discharge can be worrying, since it’s not something that most men experience frequently.
There are different conditions that can lead to white discharge from your penis, and learning more about them can help you determine when it may be time to visit your doctor.
Some of the common causes of white discharge from the penis include:
Penile discharge is any substance that comes from your penis that isn’t urine, pre-ejaculate, or semen. Depending on its cause, penile discharge can be clear, white, yellow, green, brown, and even tinged with blood or pus.
Let’s go over some of the possible causes of white discharge from the penis.
Smegma isn’t exactly penis discharge, but it can look quite similar. Smegma is a substance that results from the combination of dead skin cells, water, and skin oils or sebum. Smegma can affect both male and female genitalia, but it’s far more common in uncircumcised men, because it can collect under the foreskin.
A small amount of smegma is normal, but excessive smegma can lead to irritation, a foul smell, and promote the growth of harmful microorganisms.
The best way to prevent a buildup of smegma is through good intimate hygiene. The UK’s NHS provides some techniques that can help you achieve this, including:
As its name suggests, urethritis is the inflammation of the urethra. In most cases, urethritis is caused by the same pathogen that causes gonorrhea, which is a bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae — thus the name gonococcal urethritis. However, non-gonococcal urethritis can be caused by a wide range of pathogens, and even by reactive arthritis. Harvard Health states that, in rare cases, urethritis can even be the result of exposure to an irritant agent, such as spermicides or antiseptics.
Symptoms of urethritis include:
Balanitis is the inflammation of the head of the penis, also known as glans. This condition is more common in uncircumcised men and young boys, but it can affect any man.
According to information posted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), balanitis can be caused by certain STIs, yeast, and other bacteria and viruses. Symptoms of balanitis include:
The prostate is a small gland that is located around the urethra and produces prostatic fluid, which is one of the components of semen. Prostatitis is characterized by inflammation of the prostate, which can be caused by an infection or an injury.
Symptoms of prostatitis can include:
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, although prostatitis isn’t an STI, it can result from untreated STIs. It’s also possible to develop chronic prostatitis, which lasts at least three months and can cause recurrences.
Yeast infections, caused by an overgrowth of candida spp., commonly affect women, but they can happen to anyone. According to the NHS, symptoms of yeast infections in men can include:
Chlamydia, chlamydia symptoms in men can include:
Gonorrhea is caused by a bacteria called Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and it’s one of the most common STIs around the globe. According to the NHS, symptoms of gonorrhea typically appear within 2 weeks of the infection, although they can sometimes remain dormant for months. Symptoms of gonorrhea in men include:
Trichomoniasis, up to 70 percent of all people infected with trichomoniasis don’t develop any symptoms at all.
Symptoms of trichomoniasis in men can include: