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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Is the white spot on my penis due to a fungal infection or genital wart?

Query: Hello, I had unprotected sex recently, and after that, some white marks and an open wound appeared under the penis head. I am a diabetic and currently under medication for the same. Is this a fungal infection or genital warts? I have attached some photos. Please have a look and let me know.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I saw the pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity) and suggest it is balanitis (inflammation of the foreskin and head of the penis). The cause can be a fungal infection. I suggest you follow the...  Read Full »

Why do I keep getting a red rash on my glans penis and scrotal pain?

Query: Hi doctor,I keep getting a red rash around glans and pee holes. It is very red after sex or masturbation, and it does not hurt when I pee or anything. But I have an aching feeling in my scrotum near my anus. My blood and urine tested negative for the sexually transmitted disease. Currently, I am usi...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern. There is nothing to worry about. You are fine and taking the correct ointment. I suggest you,1) Observe excellent hygiene.2) Use a good soap to wash.3) Wear cotton underwear.4) Avoid intense exercise and sweat.I hope you understand.Thank you.  Read Full »

Why the redness and bumps on my penis head does not go away with topical steroids and antibiotics?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been dealing with irritation on the head of my penis for almost a year now. It started as redness and then some small bumps developed, which led to a tight foreskin that hurt during urination and on retracting the foreskin. I consulted multiple doctors and dermatologists but nobody ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have mentioned that you have pain while retracting the prepuce (foreskin), this can be a sign of an infection called balanitis. If you have already applied all different creams and still the problem persists then circumcision might be the option, that you will ne...  Read Full »

My penis is sore, painful and have redness on the glans. Do I have penile cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,For the last couple of weeks, my penis has been very sore (it might have lasted even longer, but as of now it is more painful). The glans penis has become very sensitive to touch and when it comes in contact with my underwear while I move or walk it hurts. It is like a burning sensation...  Read Full »

Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have read your query. I am sorry for such discomfort you are having.I saw the files you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity).There is swelling of the corona of the penis or penis crown. On the glans penis, very mild swelling and mild re...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from balanitis for more than two years. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 28 year old male, and I have been suffering from balanitis for more than two years. I have itching under my foreskin of the penis and very small red bubbles on the penis head. Initially, I had pain in the groins, but now there is no pain. I do not have pain on urination and no flu...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Balanitis is a common issue in young males. It can be due to multiple factors such as a fungal infection like candida, viral infections, irritant contact dermatitis to soaps, or use of condoms. Panderm (Clobetasol) has already been banned in few countries. It is a mixtu...  Read Full »

What can be done for the rashes on my penis head?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 30 year old male. Since a couple of months, I have noticed some rashes on my penis head. Now, it seems to be spreading. I am washing it diluted Dettol in lukewarm water, and that is not of any help. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi,Welcome to it the first episode or you had a similar complaint in the past?Does your partner have a similar complaint? Is it associated with itching?Please revert with the images.Revert with more information to the dermatologist online -->  Read Full »

I have slight irritation and a foul smell in the penis. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor,Since today morning, there has been slight irritation in the penile opening and a foul smell from the penis. I do not have pain during urination or any other symptoms. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. I had gone through the pictures attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). I do not see any red spots, patches, or white material. The foreskin is easily retracted, and there is n...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for candidal balanitis.

Query: Hi, I am suffering from balanitis since last month. I am using an antifungal cream (candid B) to avoid it. Till the time I use antifungal cream all rashes/infection disapper, but once I stop applying the cream all symptoms start again.  Sympoms are: Red skin around head of penis and itchiness aft...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Have you ever been diagnosed by a doctor because balanitis has several other causes as well and fungal infection is one of them. Get a fasting and post prandial blood sugar done and please send me a few details: Have you noticed any swellings in your groin area ? Do you ...  Read Full »

How to cure recurrent balanitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a rash or irritation on the head of the penis for six months and have tried multiple creams. Even after trying a Fluconazole steroid cream referred by a dermatologist, I cannot get rid of it. I believe the Fluconazole cream helped but did not eliminate the problem. This de...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to suggest the use of Clotrimazole cream twice daily for three weeks. I will also want to know if you are sexually active? Have you had unprotected sex in the last three months? Have you had any exposure to STDs (sexually transmitted diseases)? Any allergy or irritation ...  Read Full »

How to cure the pain in the penis during an erection?

Query: Hi doctor, My penis hurts during erection. My partner's sex drive has increased a lot in the past weeks. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Painful erection can be due to the following reasons: 1) Infection - the common cause is urinary tract infection or sexually transmitted infections. 2) Balanitis – redness of the glans penis (tip of your penis), itching, irritat...  Read Full »

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