Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Penile discharge may be watery (clear) or cloudy (containing pus). The discharge may also be bloody. Urinary tract infection (UTI) or a sexually transmitted infection are common causes of penile discharge. Penile discharge is often accompanied by pain or burning during urination and a need to urinate frequently. Itching can also accompany penile discharge. Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and Trichomonas infections are common infections that may cause penile discharge. Genital herpes rarely causes penile discharge.
Kasper, D.L., et al., eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015.
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- azithromycin (Zithromax, Zithromax Z-Pak, Zithromax Tri-Pak, Zmax)
- cefixime (Suprax)
- Cipro, Cipro XR (ciprofloxacin) Antibiotic
- doxycycline (Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox, Acticlate, Acticlate Cap, Doryx, Doxteric, Doxy)
- metronidazole (Flagyl, Flagyl ER) Antibiotic
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