Inflammation of the penis (Balanitis)
- What is balanitis?
- Who is affected?
- What causes balanitis?
- What are the symptoms of balanitis?
- How is balanitis treated?
- What is the outlook?
What is balanitis?
Balanitis is inflammation of the penis and occasionally the foreskin.
Who is affected?
Men of all ages.
What causes balanitis?
- Infection from bacteria or fungi.
- Irritation caused by chemicals in clothing, contraceptive cream or condom latex.
- Tight foreskin (phimosis).
- Trauma or minor injury to the foreskin and penis.
What are the symptoms of balanitis?
The main symptoms are a painful or itchy penis and an inflamed and moist genital area. In rare cases, fever, penile discharge or a burning sensation when urinating may be experienced.
How is balanitis treated?
- Wash the penis (including under the foreskin) daily with soap and water, especially after sexual intercourse, and apply a soothing cream that has been recommended by your doctor.
- Try to eliminate possible allergens for example, use a different brand of contraceptive cream.
- Your doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics to clear up any infection.
- If balanitis recurs frequently or phimosis is found to be the cause, your doctor may recommend circumcision (removal of the foreskin).
What is the outlook?
Balanitis should clear up within a couple of weeks of treatment.
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