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Balanitis (Penis Disorder) (cont.)

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How is balanitis diagnosed?

A health-care professional will usually be able to diagnose balanitis based on a asking the patient questions (history) and physical examination. No additional tests are usually necessary. If a doctor suspects that the balanitis is caused by an underlying medical condition, the patient might require blood tests.

What is the treatment for balanitis?

First, the underlying cause is determined and the treatment directed against the reason for the condition. If there is an infection, the appropriate antifungal medication can be used. If it is a hygiene issue, daily habits are changed. Young boys may require instruction on how to retract and clean their foreskin.

Over-the-counter remedies for balanitis

Switching soaps or other possible offending irritants can be helpful. In other situations the health-care professional will prescribe oral or topical medications.

Medications for balanitis

The optimal medications will depend on the underlying cause of the balanitis. For examples, topical antifungal cream if Candida infection is present, or an antibiotic if a cellulitis is suspected will be prescribed. In refractory or repeated situations, the doctor might suggest circumcision as a possible way to prevent further infections by eliminating the overlying foreskin.

Can balanitis be prevented?

The risk of balanitis can be reduced with proper hygiene, but not all balanitis can be prevented depending on the underlying cause. Circumcision has been advocated as a way of preventing or reducing the risk of balanitis in patients who had multiple episodes.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/24/2013

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