How to treat balanitis?
Hello, I am twenty five years old man. I am suffering from pain and irritation on the head of the penis. There is redness or red patches on the penis. Itching under the foreskin along with swelling. There is also white discharge (smegma) under the foreskin. Foul smell is coming. I am also getting painful urination. Doctor told me that I am suffering from balanitis. What should I do?
@jack The treatment for balanitis depends on what is causing the condition. Treatments can include: Antifungal creams: If a yeast infection is causing balanitis, your provider will prescribe an antifungal cream such as clotrimazole to treat the infection. You will need to apply the cream to the glans (head of the penis) and foreskin as prescribed.
Antibiotics: If a sexually transmitted disease is the cause of your symptoms, your provider will treat the infection with antibiotics. The antibiotic will depend on the type of infection.
Improved hygiene: Your provider will recommend that you wash and dry under your foreskin often to reduce the risk of balanitis returning.
Diabetes management: If you have diabetes, your provider will show you how to manage the condition.
Circumcision: If you have recurring symptoms of balanitis, your provider may recommend circumcision. Circumcision is a surgical procedure in which a provider removes the foreskin covering the penis. Providers recommend this treatment most often for men who have an especially tight foreskin (phimosis).