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Balanitis | University of Maryland Medical Center

Balanitis | University of Maryland Medical Center

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Definition

It is the swelling of the foreskin and glans penis. >

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Causes

Balanitis is almost always caused by poor hygiene in uncircumcised men. Other possible causes include:

Poorly controlled diabetics

Redness of the foreskin or penis Other glans eruptions Secretion with fetid odor Prepuce and penis pain

Tests and tests

The doctor can diagnose Balanitis by single examination; However, skin tests may be needed to detect viruses, fungi, or bacteria. You may also need a skin biopsy.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the cause of balanitis.

  • Bacterial balanitis can be treated with antibiotic pills or creams.
  • Steroid creams can relieve balanitis that occurs with skin diseases.
  • If it is due to a fungus, antifungal creams are prescribed.

In severe cases, circumcision may be the best option. If you can not retract the foreskin to clean it, you may need it.

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Expectations (prognosis)

Most Of cases of balanitis can be controlled with medicated creams and good hygiene. Most of the time, no surgery is required.

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Possible Complications

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Tell your doctor if you have any signs of balanitis such as foreskin inflammation or pain.

Good hygiene can prevent most cases of balanitis. When you bathe, retract the foreskin to clean and clean the area below it.

References

Elder JS. Anomalies of the penis and urethra. In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics . 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011: chap 538.

Link RE. Cutaneous diseases of the external genitalia. In: Wein AJ, ed. Campbell-Walsh Urology . 10th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011: chap 15.

Jordan GH. McCammon KA. Surgery of the penis and urethra. In: Wein AJ, ed. Campbell-Walsh Urology . 10th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;

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  • Last reviewed on 10/2/2013
  • Scott Miller, MD, Urologist in Private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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