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Balanitis is the swelling of the glans (head) of the penis. It is usually caused by infection and poor hygiene, especially in uncircumcised males. Symptoms include redness, swelling, itching, pain and discharge.

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I am worried about having a nasty rash on my penis head for two months and it does not seem to be going away. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a nasty rash on my penis head and it has been here for about two months now and it does not seem to be going away. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to I read your query and can understand your concern.I checked the picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). If there was unprotected sex, one needs to think of sexually transmitted infections such as the following: TPHA; Treponema pallidum ...  Read Full »

I am a 30-year old suffering from genital itching and foreskin tightness for years. Please suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old male and I have been suffering from genital itchiness and foreskin tightness for years. I consulted a doctor and was tested for HIV which was negative. The doctor suggested it could be STD-related and prescribed medications including an ointment total derm plus. At p...  Read Full »

Dr. Nitesh Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. The STD-related condition can be balanitis, phimosis, or paraphimosis. This condition could be caused due to the following reasons: Improper hygiene. Unwashed soap on the penis. Scratching and rubbing the affected r...  Read Full »

Can balanitis cause itching and white patches on the foreskin?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 99 % sure it is balanitis, but to make sure, I really need your help. I have had the following complaints for the past month, white patches, dark reddish patches on the glans, a slightly foul smell, and itching on the foreskin sometimes. Kindly help me out with if it is balanitis....  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. Yes, it is candidial balanoposthitis (balanitis). Inflammation or white patches with dryness is visible. The cause could be a yeast infection, improper genital hygiene, or not drying the area after cleaning. Use...  Read Full »

I have chronic balanitis with no relief from medicines. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I need some advice. I have had balanitis and Dermits for months and tried loads of cream it is not working. The penis balanitis has been present for weeks and seems to get worse if I masturbate, maybe due to friction. Please help me. I tried Eumovate, Trimovate, Daktarin, Hydrocortisone, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It looks more like candidal balanoposthitis, a kind of superficial fungal infection. You had used mostly topical steroids except once when you used Miconazole. Tacrolimus is not also indicated in this. It presents superficial fragile...  Read Full »

I have balanitis and phimosis. Do I have a micropenis?

Query: Hello doctor, I consulted a doctor for the rashes on my penis and was diagnosed with balanitis and phimosis even though I was circumcised. The doctor suggested consulting an endocrinologist as she suspected I had a micropenis. The length of my fully erect penis is 3 inches. Is this considered a mic...  Read Full »

Dr. Thiyagarajan. T

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You do not have phimosis. Usually, uncircumcised people only get phimosis. I can see the entire glans in one of the pictures you sent, so there is no chance of phimosis (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Penis length in adults is more to do with ...  Read Full »

I have balanitis after unprotected oral sex. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected oral sex three weeks back in a different country. I have been worried about STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infection) ever since. So I tested for HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus) 1 and 2 IgG (Immunoglobulin), IgM, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia PCR(Polymerase Chain Reaction), and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The chances of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) transmission by single unprotected oral sex are almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in the oral cavity. But STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) like herpes simplex virus can be transmitt...  Read Full »

My foreskin is dry and too tight to retract. I also have a foul smell from my penis. Kindly guide me on what it could be.

Query: Hello doctor,My foreskin is felt dry for a while but is now at a point where the skin is cracking with scabs, also a smell coming from the penis, the foreskin is too tight to retract. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello,Welcome to read your query and understand your concern. Can you kindly answer the following that will help me guide you further?1. Any history of unprotected high-risk sexual intercourse?2. Any history of diabetes or prolonged antibiotic intake?3. Any pain or discharge?Kindly ans...  Read Full »

I have redness and itching on my penis head. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I consulted you regarding the redness and itching on the head of my penis. It has not gone with the prescribed medication; I feel it is balanitis.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. As mentioned earlier, Miconazole (antifungal) gel may take months to show changes since candida balanitis lesions take months to heal. However, I would like to change the medications to stronger dosage since you have not noticed any signifi...  Read Full »

I have had balanitis, which is not getting better. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 years old male. I have had a complaint of meatus that turned red and swollen with pus. I have been having a form of balanitis on the head of my penis for over a month, and it is not getting any better. I have visited my doctor twice already and have been given Fluconazole the s...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your query and concern. It seems you have balanitis. Balanitis is inflammation of the glans penis. Balanitis involving the foreskin and prepuce is termed balanoposthitis. Predisposing factors include poor hygiene and overwashing, use of over-the-counter med...  Read Full »

My penis looks abnormal due to inflammation. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from posthitis and balanitis for over a month. It is not itching or hurting anymore, but my penis still does not look normal. My skin is peeling, and some parts look rugged. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Madhav Tiwari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Sorry to hear about your trouble. Balanoposthitis can be tricky to get rid of. A more suitable solution is to get a circumcision. It helps maintain hygiene and, of course, prevents skin inflammation. It may, however, relapse in the glans (hea...  Read Full »

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