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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Why do I have pain while masturbating and tear in my foreskin?

Query: Hello doctor, I am perhaps suffering from balanitis. The foreskin is torn at some places and it hurts too much to pull the skin back. Some white substance is accumulating every day under the head of the penis. What to do? To be honest, it hurts while masturbation. So, I have stopped masturbating. B...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your query. With your descriptions, it seems you have developed balanitis xerotica obliterans. You must clean the prepuce area with water and apply Clotrimazole plus Fusidic acid cream local application twice daily and take tablet Fluconazole 150 mg once a w...  Read Full »

Please help me cure penis itching present along with foul smell and yellowish discharge.

Query: Hi doctor, I started to have itching in my penis before two days back. I checked my prepuce and found it to be reddish. little thick and inflamed. I had a foul smell and yellowish discharge present below the glans. A few months back, I saw a urologist for testicular pain where the initial examinati...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharath Kumar. C

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have developed balanoposthitis. Balanitis is an inflammation of the head of the penis. Balanoposthitis is an inflammation affecting both the penis head and the foreskin. Both can result in pain and swelling. It causes difficulty to retract the foreskin causing Phimo...  Read Full »

Why is my penis head white?

Query: Hello doctor, The skin at the tip of my penis is becoming white from the past three months. There is no pain or any other problem due to that. I feel pressure to urinate, but while urinating the flow is slow. I do not know why my penis has become white. Kindly advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Shahil Khant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please send me an image. It might be vitiligo or balanitis xerotica obliterans. Revert with more information to a urologist online -->  Read Full »

My penis does not look normal because I have been experiencing posthitis and balanitis for over a month. 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 »

I have had dark reddish-white patches on the glans, a slightly foul smell, and itching on the foreskin for the past month. Is it due to balanitis?

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 Laul

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 »

Why is balanitis not responding to T-Bact and Augmentin 625?

Query: Hello doctor,I have balanitis on the head of my penis, below the foreskin. I am applying T-Bact and taking Augmentin 625 as an oral pill. It has been four days since I have started the medication. It is not going, though itching has reduced somewhat. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Balanitis can be either bacterial, fungal, viral or non-infectious. The most common being fungal. It is difficult to say without seeing your clinical picture. Please attach your clinical picture along with your query so that it is convenient for me to comment on your con...  Read Full »

I have balanitis and red spots on the penis even after applying antifungal creams. What causes it?

Query: Hi doctor, I had balanitis and applied Clotrimazole 1 % and got cured fully in a few days. After applying for ten days it got fully cleared. And after masturbating, some red spots appeared on the penis head, applied Beclomin and got cleared them. Again those red spots appeared after masturbating and...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw the picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). You have balanitis with added allergic contact dermatitis. Please stop using Neosporin and Hydrocortisone cream. Hydrocortisone is a topical corticosteroid that gives temporary relief but does no...  Read Full »

I suffer from balanitis and have irritation on the tip of the penis. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from various symptoms of balanitis, such as itchiness near the groin and penis area, trouble and pain in retracting the foreskin, as well as skin irritation on the tip of the penis. I am 20 years old, and I am not on any prescription medication currently. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Junaid Nabi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Phimosis means tight foreskin. In this condition, the foreskin may not move freely. There are two ways to treat it one is medical, and the other is surgical. I will suggest medical treatment. First, pull down the foreskin as down as possible and apply Betamethasone c...  Read Full »

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 »

I have had chronic balanitis and tried Dermits and a lot of other medications with no positive results. Please help.

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 »

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