Human Papillomavirus, HPV: CDC
Info:It is usually caused by HPV, which is the human papillomavirus—also known as genital warts.
This means that penile cancer will not be found on exactly the tip of the penis, but rather the glans of the penis. The glans is also known as the head of the penis. Penile cancer often causes death.
Note:It is rare and occurs in 1 out of 100,000 men each year. Penile cancer presents with a tumor or bump, often on the glans.
Urine cytology. Cancer of the genitourinary tract, which includes the prostrate and urethra—the tip of the penis—can be detected with urine cytology. This is a lab test done on urine.
And:According to the Oxford Handbook of Urology, many causes of a positive cytology report exist.
Previous cytotoxic treatment.
This simply means that cytology can detect cancer in the prostate or penis. If a person has had radiation therapy or chemotherapy, his urine test may also be abnormal. This may not indicate cancer.Oxford Handbook of Urology
It is possible for the tip of the penis to become painful because of irritation. This is a form of inflammation. If a man applies soap to his penis, as for cleaning or lubricant, this can irritate the distal urethra (the opening).
Note:This is a temporary cause of pain and should abate quickly. Please consider using a different lubricant in the future.
See:Office Urology: The Clinician's Guide, which lists inflammation as a possible cause of penile tip pain.
There are also several sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that can cause pain in the tip of the penis. In the book Signs & Symptoms in a Page, we learn of several differential diagnoses of penile discharge on page 127.
Penile discharge. With penile discharge, pus is emitted from the penis. This occurs at the tip of the penis, where there may also be pain. Depending on the sexually transmitted disease, the discharge may be thick yellow or gray.
Tip:The most common cause of penile discharge is gonorrhea. The second is Chlamydia, which results in a more watery discharge.
Note:If it is possible the person has gonorrhea or Chlamydia, one laboratory test that is done is a culture.
And:In a culture, a cotton swab is inserted into the tip of the penis—the distal urethra.
Hygiene is important to reduce the occurrence of some forms of pain on the tip of the penis. This involves cleaning the penis daily and also taking a shower. The areas around the penis, anus and testicles should be carefully cleaned.
This is referred to as perineal hygiene. This form of hygiene is more important for females in the prevention of urinary tract infections. Perineal hygiene is important too for males in the prevention of irritation.
There are many causes to pain on the penis tip. This part of the penis includes the glans and the distal urethra. Most interestingly, this part of the penis can be painful due to a bladder infection. This is sometimes a referred pain.Urinary Tract Infection, Men
And:Other possible causes include prostate problems, sexually transmitted diseases, irritants, or even lack of hygiene.