Balanitis is an inflammation of the glans penis (head of the penis); it is fairly common and affects approximately 3-11% of males during their lifetime. Posthitis is an inflammation of the foreskin (prepuce). Balanoposthitis involves both the glans and the foreskin and occurs in approximately 6% of uncircumcised males.
- 1 What can be mistaken for balanitis?
- 2 What does the start of balanitis look like?
- 3 What balanitis feels like?
- 4 What STD causes balanitis?
- 5 Can balanitis clear up on its own?
- 6 How long does balanitis take to heal?
- 7 What cream is best for balanitis?
- 8 How can I get rid of balanitis without medication?
- 9 What antibiotics treat balanitis?
- 10 How do you test for balanitis?
- 11 Can I use Vaseline on balanitis?
- 12 How do you clean balanitis?
What can be mistaken for balanitis?
Some sexually transmitted infections may cause balanitis. For example, genital herpes and syphilis. Certain skin conditions may cause a balanitis, or be mistaken for a balanitis. For example, psoriasis.
What does the start of balanitis look like?
Redness or red patches on the penis. Itching under the foreskin. Swelling. Areas of shiny or white skin on the penis.
What balanitis feels like?
Balanitis is soreness and redness in the head of your penis. It can make you uncomfortable in one of the most sensitive areas: the end of your penis and the loose flap of skin that covers the tip. It can be treated, and it’s often easy to prevent.
What STD causes balanitis?
Certain infections, including some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), can cause balanitis and balanoposthitis, such as:
- Yeast infections (Candida)
- Streptococcus infections.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Can balanitis clear up on its own?
Balanitis generally is not a serious condition and can be treated with antibiotic creams and pills. Most occurrences of balanitis clear up within three to five days of starting treatment. Left untreated, however, it can become more painful or cause other health problems.
How long does balanitis take to heal?
Most cases of balanitis respond to treatment within three to five days.
What cream is best for balanitis?
Treatment for common yeast-caused balanitis is topical canesten 1% cream (clotrimazole, Lotrimin); recommended treatment time varies from about 2 weeks to 1 month. Lotrisone (combination of betamethasone and clotrimazole) has also been used.
How can I get rid of balanitis without medication?
There are no real home remedies for balanitis, other than good hygiene:
- Clean the penis every day.
- Do not use soap or bubble bath or anything that could act as an irritant.
- After peeing, dry underneath the foreskin gently.
- Instead of soap, use an emollient (these can be purchased over-the-counter or online).
What antibiotics treat balanitis?
If a bacterial infection is the cause of your balanitis, you will be prescribed a seven-day course of oral antibiotics (antibiotic tablets or capsules). An antibiotic called amoxicillin is usually recommended. However, if you are allergic to penicillin, erythromycin or clarithromycin may be prescribed.
How do you test for balanitis?
Balanitis can usually be diagnosed during a physical examination because most of its symptoms are visible. If you have discharge, your doctor may take a sample of it with a cotton swab or collect a urine sample. They will check it for the presence of bacterial or fungal cells.
Can I use Vaseline on balanitis?
The first step in treating non-specific balanitis is to clean and dry the glans penis after washing or going to the toilet. Applying soft white paraffin ointment (Vaseline® ointment) under the foreskin helps to heal genital skin.
How do you clean balanitis?
If you have balanitis, you should clean your penis daily with lukewarm water and gently dry it.
- don’t use soap, bubble bath, shampoo or any other potential irritant.
- dry gently under the foreskin after peeing.
- try a soap substitute like an emollient, available from a pharmacy.