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Balanitis

What is Balanitis?

Balanitis is the inflammation of the glands located in the head and foreskin of the penis. It is common in uncircumcised men. Men with diabetes are more prone to developing balanitis.

Balanitis is not sexually transmitted. It is the result of an overgrowth of organisms which are normally present on the skin of the glands.

Symptoms of Balanitis

Symptoms will occur between 3 days to 7 days after balanitis has developed. The most common symptoms are:

  • discharge from the penis
  • red, itchy and most penis (top part)

What Causes Balanitis?

The most common causes of balanitis are:

  • poor hygiene under the foreskin
  • irritation from condoms, spermicides or clothing
  • STDS
  • yeast infection
  • bacterial infection

Can Balanitis be Treated?

Balanitis can be treated. The treatment will depend on the cause. A cream may be prescribed to soothe inflammation. An antibiotic may be prescribed if it is caused by a bacterial infection. In some cases, circumcision may be necessary.

Can Balanitis be Prevented?

Balanitis can be prevented. Prevention techniques include:

  • use good penile hygiene
  • wash penis and scrotum daily with soap and water

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