What is Balanitis

Balanitis or Balanoposthitis is inflammation of the head of the penis or foreskin. It is a common condition in uncircumcised men.

What is Balanitis

What are the signs & symptoms?

  • Redness, swelling, and soreness around the head of the penis or foreskin.
  • A discharge under the foreskin
  • Rash on the penis, itching.
  • Unpleasant odor
  • Pain urinating.
Signs & Symptoms of Balanitis

When to seek medical advice?

Balanitis is not a serious infection, but it can be a sign of another condition such as sexually transmitted infections or thrush.

What are the causes of balanitis?

  • The commonest cause is the skin irritation by the accumulation of a cheesy-looking substance called smegma.
  • Irritation of the skin by urine, soaps, or gels.

What are the types of balanitis?

  • Zoon’s balanitis: Usually seen in middle-aged, uncircumcised men, with inflammation involving glans penis and the foreskin.
  • Circinate balanitis: It is characterized by small, shallow, painless ulcerative lesions on the glans penis and It is associated with reactive arthritis.
  • Pseudoepitheliomatous keratotic and micaceous balanitis: A condition characterized by scaly, wart-like skin lesions on the head of the penis

What are the complications of balanitis?

  • Pain
  • Ulcers on the glans or foreskin.
  • Phimosis.
  • Paraphimosis.
  • Meatal/urethral stricture, and malignant

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Dr. Anand kumar

Dr.Anandkumar, has done his Masters of Public health from the KLE university, Belgaum, worked as I district program specialist in an NGO and also served as district epidemiologist, in Govt. health dept. has experience in the implementation of health programs and training, he has an interest in public health research and development.

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