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Penile discharge is the expulsion of fluid from the urethra that isn't semen or urine. In many cases, penile discharge may be a sign of a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). The discharge may range in quantity from a little amount to an excessive amount and vary in color from yellow to green. A variety of symptoms can also accompany a penile discharge.

To learn more about penile discharge and its various causes, take a look at the questions below that have been answered by the Experts.

What causes a cloudy penile discharge in a person who isn't sexually active?

A cloudy penile discharge may indicate a prostate or urethra infection. However, with urethral infections, the person may experience a burning sensation while urinating.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are sexually transmitted infections that may cause a discharge. However, if the person isn't sexually active, the likelihood that an STD is the cause of this problem would be small.

It may be possible for a person to have a prostate infection with bacteria that is not related to an STD such as E.coli. But, in order to get a proper diagnosis, one may require a urinalysis, urine cultures and a physical prostate exam.

What could cause penile discharge incase an STD infection has been ruled out?

Case details: Received antibiotic treatment for STD, waiting to confirm cultures.

If STDs are not the cause of the discharge, testing may be required to rule out other infections. However, one must first check the culture results and run the tests again after finishing the antibiotic course.

It may also be possible to have an STD without outward symptoms. However, STD symptoms typically include a genital rash, frequent urination and burning sensations while urinating. If an STD is found, the person's sex partner will generally require treatment as well to avoid recurring infections.

A urethra infection may also cause penile discharge in the form of nonspecific urethritis. An inflamed or infected prostate is another cause of penile discharge. Both of these issues may be passed through sexual contact and it is always advisable to wash the area with soap and water to keep it clean.

What should be done for a recurring penile discharge?

A recurring penile discharge may be associated with a prostate infection called prostatitis. A prostate exam can be performed by a urologist to confirm this. In most exams, a culture of the penile discharge is also taken and tested. If the results are positive, an antibiotic is prescribed to treat the discharge.

Testing for STDs is also generally performed and, in many cases, a doctor may begin treatment for an STD regardless of the test results. STDs can be passed between sex partners so the patient’s partner is usually tested as well and treated to avoid recurring infection. Many doctors suggest the use of condoms until the penile discharge has cleared.

What causes milky discharge with no pain from the penis?

In many cases, a milky discharge may be a result of normal prostate secretions especially in the absence of itching or burning.

Generally, if the discharge is the symptom of an STD, it may be white or yellow in appearance with a smelly odor, painful urination, increased need to urinate with redness or a sore in the genital area.

Penile discharge may cause discomfort as well as embarrassment to the person affected. Unexplained penile discharge also raises many questions and concerns that require medical answers. If you have any queries regarding penile discharge, ask an Expert right away. They can offer medical insights, information and suggestions for proper treatment based on the facts of your case.
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