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Itchy Urethra or Penis – The Potential Causes

An itchy urethra can be a symptom of different STDs, so it can be difficult to identify the root cause at first. In this blog we cover the different sexually transmitted infections that might be causing this, alongside other conditions that are easy to treat.

So, what can cause an itchy urethra? STIs such as Genital Herpes and Genital Warts can cause urethral itching and/or discharge from the penis. Additionally, Candidiasis (male thrush), public lice and skin conditions such as Scabies and Psoriasis can also result in itching genitals.

Keep reading to find out what else can be causing an itchiness in your genital area and consult your GP if needed.

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A Common Symptom That Isn’t Always the Result of STDs

Itchiness affecting the penis can cause serious discomfort and affect your day to day life whether it be an itchy urethra or itchiness across the entire genital region. It can also be the cause of embarrassment when trying to relieve your symptoms when the sensation gets too much to handle. Let’s face it, it’s not a problem that any of us want.

You will however be pleased to know that it’s not always caused by a sexually transmitted infection. In actual fact there aren’t too many STDs that will present themselves in this manner. Nevertheless, you’ll want to get to the bottom of the problem. To help we’ve outlined some potential causes, but you should always seek help from a GP if the problem persists.

If you want to learn more about the causes of itching or penile discharge that may not be an STD, read our helpful blog: Is Male Discharge Normal?