Medication can help relieve swelling in the penis.
Treatment for penis swelling depends on its cause. If a man has swelling of the penis due to a small wound in the area, using an ice pack can help. Often, however, problems such as balanitis, Peyronie’s disease, and priapism are to blame. Sometimes the swelling of the penis goes away on its own over time, but in other cases, injections, medication, or surgical treatment becomes necessary. In some cases, treating the condition that caused the swelling also helps.
Surgery may be needed to treat the swelling of the penis.
Balanitis is a condition capable of causing swelling in the penis. It is marked by a swelling that affects the head of this organ, but not the body. If a man is not circumcised, it can affect his foreskin as well, and sometimes a rash, visible redness, pain, and abnormal discharge appear along with the swelling of the penis. Balanitis is usually caused by infection, irritation, or an improperly treated medical condition and is more common in men who have not been circumcised. Treatment depends on the problem that caused it, but can include antibiotics, either given orally or applied topically, care of any underlying conditions, and sometimes circumcision.
An ice pack, which can help reduce penis swelling.
A man can also have swelling of this organ due to a condition called priapism. This condition is marked by an erect penis that does not return to its flaccid state after an orgasm or loss of arousal. Eventually, this problem can scar the penile tissues causing permanent damage. Doctors usually treat it by draining blood from the penis, with drugs that stop blood flow to the genitals, treating the conditions that caused it, or with surgery.
Trauma can cause swelling of the penis.
Penis swelling sometimes starts as a seemingly minor problem, confined to one part of the penis and accompanied by irritation. Over time, however, the swollen, irritated area can form a hard spot on the penis and even cause it to bend. This sometimes painful condition is known as Peyronie’s disease. Doctors are not sure what causes the condition, and treatment is not always necessary. Although it can take several months, it usually goes away on its own.
Penis swelling sometimes starts out as a seemingly minor problem.
When Peyronie’s disease doesn’t get better on its own or if it causes moderate to severe pain, a doctor can correct it surgically or with injections. Surgery usually involves cutting off the hardened part of the penis and replacing it with healthy tissue, while injections are used to soften the tissue in the affected area. A doctor’s treatment recommendation usually depends on the severity of the condition.