Balanitis (Penis Disorder)
Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
- What is balanitis?
- What causes balanitis?
- What are the symptoms of balanitis?
- How is balanitis diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for balanitis?
- Over-the-counter remedies for balanitis
- Medications for balanitis
- Can balanitis be prevented?
- What is the prognosis for balanitis?
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What is balanitis?
Balanitis is an inflammation of the skin of the head of penis (glans penis). If the foreskin is involved as well, it is referred to as balanoposthitis.
What causes balanitis?
Balanitis is usually found in uncircumcised males. Poor hygiene can contribute when the area under the foreskin is not washed regularly and bacteria, skin and sweat accumulate. Some underlying medical conditions can also increase the risk of balanitis, especially diabetes mellitus.
Allergies to certain chemicals can cause an allergic balanitis. This could be chemicals in soaps or other products in touch with the gland of the penis.
Certain infections (especially yeast infections) can cause a balanitis. Reactive arthritis (formerly Reiter syndrome) is associated with inflammation around the head of the penis (circinate balanitis). Some sexually transmitted diseases can have similar symptoms (itching, redness) but are not the cause of true balanitis.
What are the symptoms of balanitis?
Symptoms of balanitis are mostly redness or mild swelling, itching, rash, and irritation or pain on or around the penis. An odorous discharge or oozing serum can accompany these symptoms.
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