Balanitis is irritation of the head of the penis. It's more common in males who have not been circumcised. The area under the foreskin that covers the head of the penis is often warm and moist. That makes it easier for bacteria or a fungus to grow. The penis can get sore, red, swollen, and itchy. You may also feel burning when you urinate, have pus come from your penis, or have chills and a fever.
The chemicals in soap, condoms, or lubricants can also cause balanitis.
Your doctor may suggest a cream that usually clears it up within 2 weeks.
You can prevent balanitis by keeping your penis clean. And don't use products that cause irritation.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 14, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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