Urethral (penile) discharge in men is a sexually transmitted infection. Important causes are gonorrhea and chlamydia. Our emphasis in this post would be on gonorrhea.

Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrheae.

Symptoms occur within 7 days of exposure (via sexual contact with an infected individual).

The main symptom is that of urethral discharge that is much in quantity and purulent (that is, appearing like pus).

A swab of the discharge, along with a urine sample, is necessary for accurate diagnosis.

Treatment is with antibiotics, usually parenteral (intramuscular or intravenous).

It is important to adhere to your treatment regimen to prevent antibiotics resistance. Also, you should avoid having unprotected sex until you have been treated. You should get your partner treated as well. It causes TUBAL BLOCKAGE in women.

An important complication of gonorrhea in men is that of urethral stricture. This presents much later in life, such that the man is unable to urinate without straining, along with urinary retention in the bladder and possible kidney injury.

It is important to emphasize therefore that if you notice a penile discharge, see your doctor asap.

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