Balanitis is irritation of the head of the penis. It is more common in boys who have not been circumcised. The area under the foreskin that covers the head of the penis often is warm and moist. This can cause the growth of bacteria or a fungus. This can make the penis sore, red, swollen, and itchy. Your child may also feel burning when he urinates, have pus come from his penis, or have chills and a fever.
Balanitis can also be caused by the chemicals in soap and some other products. Boys with diabetes are more likely to get balanitis.
Antibiotic cream usually clears up the problem within 2 weeks. You can prevent this problem by keeping your child's penis clean. You also can help prevent it by not using products that cause irritation.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if your child has any problems.
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Current as of: March 20, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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