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Going To The Doctor About Balanitis

Do I Have Balanitis?

I guess if you are having an inflammed foreskin then that counts as balanitis. So it depends on the cause of it.

Could you be allergic to the latex in the condom perhaps? Or the moisture could be a cause like you think. Have you recently changed soaps, is your soap harsh, have you used any bubble bath?

Here's a good link, you've probably already found it though:

You'd best go to the doctor to see what they could do for you. (But don't let them talk you into getting circumcised, unless you want to be, that is way overboard for a mild inflammation.) In the meantime be sure to wash well, I would say just using plain water for the moment, because if it's fungal then antibacterial soap would worsen it, and if your soap is the cause then that could worsen it too etc.

Ps Ignore ponysteel (guy below me) he has a fetish for circumcision. You are wise for not wanting to get it done, and balanitis is not a reason for doing it.

How to treat balanitis while waiting for the doctor?

You are suffering mostly from uneducation.

First: dont ever try to stretch your foreskin back if you have a tight foreskin and it does not want to go back. Just leave it up over the head and make sure you use a good natural lubrication to let you ease yourself in. Do not let your foreskin go back - you are a fool if you do.

Second: you caused your owninfection if you have one. That was from being silly enough to think you had to pull your foreskin back. Just leave it up and you wont have any trouble.

Third: you dont have balanitis or any other problem. You just did the wrong thing. Leave your penis as it was intended to be and you will not have nay trouble in the future. You dont get smegma build up unless you never masturbated or never pee. Every time you use your penis you clean out excess smegma. Make sure you keep the outside clean and you wont have trouble inside.

Fourth: dont get conned into ointments and creams. They are expensive and useless. Get some pure olive oil to use both as a skin softner and as a lubricant and you will be fine.

How long for balanitis to cure?

Hi I just found out last night I had some sort of early-balanitis and it should all go away by: HYGIENE! Wash your penis every time you shower with water and rinse it after you pee (not in public though, do it as much as you can), and also, if you masturbate, don't do it until after it is fully cured. Good luck and get well soon!
It should get cured within a week.

How do I get rid of balanitis?

Balanitis can be caused by many reasons but in your case, it's probably from too much friction from masturbating too much. Thus it should fairly easy to get rid of.

First, reduce how much you masturbate. At first, you might want to hold off completely for a week, then try to limit yourself to no more than maybe once a day after that. That first week should help significantly.

During all this, it's important to maintain good genital hygiene. This basically means that you should wash you penis everytime you shower with water and a mild soap (some soaps are really strong, like scented soaps, and can actually cause irritation and make things worse). If you're uncircumcised, don't forget to pull back the foreskin and wash underneathe like any other part of the body. Afterwards, dry the area with a soft towel or something, as moist skin can aggravate the condition. Washing the area once a day should be enough, as too much can also cause redness and rawness.

If it doesn't disappear or get better after a week or two, it might be a good idea to see a doctor. There are many kinds of creams and such that may help or speed the process along, but in the end, it'll still come down to limiting masturbation a little and good hygiene. See links for more info.

Can women get balanitis?

No, a woman who doesn't have a penis can't get balanitis, which is an inflammation of the foreskin and/or head of the penis. Symptoms can also include rash, white bumps, pain and discharge.

Now, that said, I think your boyfriend actually might have meant that he thought you both were exposed to a bacteria, fungus or virus which can cause the problem. Of course it can also be caused by physical trauma and it can also be caused by hygiene issues in an uncircumsized male.

If your boyfriend is concerned, he should see a doctor because balanitis is also symptomatic of other conditions such as allergies, Reiter's syndrome and lichen sclerosis, erythema multiforme. And the symptoms also mimic STDs which also require immediate treatment.

If there is a pathogen causing his infection, you should see your gynocologist. A yeast infection can be transmitted and of course sexually transmitted diseases require treatment for both parties..

Balanitis Auestion?!?

Recently I noticed the head of my penis is red, its not super itchy nor does it hurt when I urinate bu there is some white discharge from under the foreskin. I try to retract the foreskin as much as I can to clean but I cant go all the way. I searched online and figured it may be balnitis. Has anyone gone through this and cured it with over the counter cream that requires no prescription? Please help.

How do I deal with Balanitis?

I’m not a doctor or nurse, but I have been living with balanitis for over 10 years. Like in your case, it’s not just recurrent, but always present. I have tried applying all kinds of topical creams, including clotrimazole (Canesten), miconazole, hydrocortisone, bacitracin and petrolatum (petroleum jelly). Most of these soothe the symptoms, as you say, but don’t really remove the problem. Because of my reaction to these creams, I am pretty sure that yeast infection (candida) is the cause of my balanitis.Recently, I’ve had success with a treatment that few doctors mention, and that is simply to leave the foreskin retracted for longer periods of time. It’s not exactly comfortable, but it works wonders on the balanitis. After just a couple of days, the symptoms are almost completely gone. This is because the skin and the glans dries out and thickens when exposed to the open air and friction of the underwear. It’s a less drastic alternative to circumcision.

Will balanitis go away by itself?

It depends on severity. If it is getting worse you should seek medical attention.Balanitis is usually caused by insufficient cleansing of the foreskin and glans though it can be related to diabetes and is occasionally sexually transmitted.Generally if you can get the foreskin to roll back fully and get it thoroughly clean then it is ok to wait and yes, it will get better on its own. I would not recommend any specific home remedy as there is no evidence for benefit. Simply clean any discharge with plenty of clean water and a soft cloth (a disposable dishcloth is ideal) then allow it to dry completely before rolling the foreskin back.

Boyfriend may have balanitis?? Help?!?

My boyfriend has recently been having inflammation on his penis, and we think it may be balanitis, but are not sure. Its taking its toll on our relationship with questions regarding our past sexual encounters with others, but I've gotten checked many times, and nothing comes up. The thing is, though, he WONT get checked, and he refuses to ask anyone for help. I get that its embarrassing, but his mom's even a nurse, and he cant self-diagnose himself right? He doesnt want to tell his parents either, and I dont know what to do-we dont even know for sure if it IS balanitis, we just see pictures. And while his isn't looking seriously bad, there is still redness, little rashes, and pain? Help, anyone? What can I say to him to make him change his mind about seeing a doctor? I'm really worried...Please help!!

How do I treat chronic balanitis without using circumsion?

Balanitis is an inflammtion of glans penis, usually associated with tightness of the foreskin(phimosis). So it is neccessary to cure it the procedure of Cicumcision.Topical medications are the treatment of choice in this condition. The primary goal is elimination of various pathogenic organisms and control of inflammation.Topical antibiotics (metronidazole cream) and antifungals (clotrimazole cream) or low-potency steroid creams for contact dermatitides often lead to clearing of the lesion. Proper hygiene with frequent washing and drying of the prepuce is an essential preventive measure. Consensus-based guidelines of care are available.AntifungalsThe mechanism of action usually involves inhibiting pathways (enzymes, substrates, transport) necessary for sterol/cell membranesynthesis or altering the permeability of the cell membrane (polyenes)of the fungal cell.Clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex, Femizole-7, Gyne-Lotrimin)Imidazoles have broad-spectrum antifungal action and are used to treat dermal infections caused by various species of pathogenic dermatophytes, yeasts, and Malassezia furfur . Clotrimazole inhibits yeast growth by altering cell membrane permeability, causing death of fungal cells. Reevaluate the diagnosis if no clinical improvement is seen after 4 weeks. Use 1% cream.AntimicrobialsThese agents tend to destroy microbes, to prevent their multiplication or growth, or to prevent their pathogenic actionMetronidazole (1% Noritate cream, 0.75% MetroGel cream or lotion)Metronidazole is an imidazole with the ability to inhibit fungi, protozoa, and anaerobic bacteria. Have Anti-inflammatory effects.