Balanitis is swelling and soreness or irritation of the foreskin and head of the penis. It tends to occur more often in men who are not circumcised. Balanitis may be painful but is not a serious condition. It can be relieved with topical medications.
Balanitis is a common condition that affects more in men who are uncircumcised. You can limit your risk of having balanitis by reducing the risks factors and maintain proper personal hygiene. Always consult your doctor for more information.
The common signs and symptoms of balanitis are:
If balanitis is left untreated, the shaft of the penis may become affected and blisters and ulcers can form.
There may be some signs and symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
Balanitis is not serious but it can be a sign of an underlying disease or problem, such as sexually transmitted infection or yeast infection. It is important to let your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of balanitis.
If your baby with balanitis, you should take him to see the pediatrician immediately.
Call your doctor if:
Balanitis is most often caused by poor hygiene in uncircumcised men. Other possible causes may include:
A tight foreskin can trap urine, bacteria, and other microorganisms, which can cause balanitis.
There are many risk factors for balanitis, such as:
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
To determine a proper diagnosis, your doctor may perform the following tests:
Treatment depends on age, cause, and whether the person is sexually active and circumcised. Treatment involves retracting the foreskin and soaking the area in lukewarm water. Mild cases need an antibiotic cream for the area. Men with more severe cases or with diabetes may take antibiotics by mouth. Sometimes corticosteroid creams are given to reduce swelling. Surgery is rarely required.
Recovery time depends on the cause and symptoms of the patient. In simple cases, symptoms may improve or even disappear in 5 to 10 days. In complex cases, full recovery may take longer.
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with balanitis:
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you. Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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