ZocdocAnswersMalodorous, white liquid at tip of penis, with some urinary urgency. What could it be?

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Malodorous, white liquid at tip of penis, with some urinary urgency. What could it be?

Itching at penis tip similar to a poison ivy, without any skin rash

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You describe a discharge at the tip of your penis associated with urinary urgency. The most common cause of the set of symptoms you described is an infection. You should make an appointment with your primary care doctor to have your urine analyzed for signs of infection. An infection could be from a urinary tract infection (UTI) or a sexually transmitted disease (STD). UTI's can occur anywhere in the urinary tract from the urethra (opening of the penis) to the kidneys. If the UTI is in the bladder, it can irritate the bladder wall and cause the sensation of urinary urgency, which is the constant sensation of wanting to urinate. If it goes up to the kidneys, it can cause fevers, flank pain, and cloudy urine. STD's are also common. If you are sexually active, you should get tested for STD's. STD's can manifest in different ways from person to person. You have white malodorous discharge which is a sign of infection. Both UTI and STD's can be associated with dysuria (pain on urination). Please make an appointment with your primary care doctor to have your urine analyzed for signs of infection. UTI's are not as common in men as they are in women. If you do have a UTI, you make need further studies to evaluate your urinary tract. If you have a bacterial STD, you can be treated with antibiotics. If you are sexually active, make sure to always use condoms. Good luck!

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