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 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

Andrologist, General Surgeon, Urologist

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 »

Why do red rashes on the penis keep coming back after masturbation?

Query: Hi doctor, Over the past three months, I have been experiencing some penis problem. I have a consistent red rash on the front of my penis glans that can go away and come back daily. After sex or masturbation, the rash will get brighter and red, unraised dots (not itchy) will appear all over my glan...  Read Full »

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern. On and off rash suggest that it is some sort of a skin condition like a noninfective balanitis, if not a yeast infection. Moreover, the swab test may sometimes reveal the yeast on a repeat test so that can be considered along with a fungal...  Read Full »

How to treat a rash on the penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a non-itchy but painful penis rash. I am a 47-year-old unmarried, not-sexually active, uncircumcised male, 5’10”, 190 pounds. I have a history of ulcerative colitis (which seems to be hereditary). This was corrected 12 years back when I received a total colectomy and p...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Depending on the symptoms you have mentioned, and all the treatment you have taken with no much help, I can list few possibilities though it is difficult to comment without seeing the picture. Plasma cell balanitis. Erythroplasia of Queyrat. Contact dermatitis (be...  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

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

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 »

I am a diabetic patient and I am having rashes and cuts on my penis. Kindly advice medications.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a diabetic for the last five years. Presently I am having rashes and cut on my penis covering skin. Sometimes there is itching. Please advice me with appropriate medicines.  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It can be balanitis from your description. Apply Miconazole 2 % cream or Clotrimazole 1 % cream twice daily. Please send image and revert so that oral medications can be decided.  Read Full »

Which cream can be used in the treatment of balanitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32 year old diabetic male. For the last two weeks, I am suffering from balanitis. I think this is because of my high blood sugar level. I have difficulty in pulling the foreskin of my penis as it is very tight. There are small, white and red rashes present on the glans. Because...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understood your concern. From the description that you have provided, it sounds like you have candidal balanoposthitis, which is very common in diabetic males. Please ask your sexual partner also to take the treatment even if she is asymptomatic. The...  Read Full »

I feel pain on penis while retraction and there are some painful red dots on the tip. What is the necesssary action?

Query: Hello doctor, I had been suffering from this problem from last one week, as I retract my penis outer wall, it is paining and slightly swollen, also the tip of the penis has red small colour dots on it and it is scratchy and painful. So please recommend for necessary action.  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Plastic Surgeon, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is looking like candidal balanitis. Please take the following medications and revert back to me in seven days. Tablet Intawin 200 mg daily for 10 days, Canestan lotion, apply twice daily, tablet Teczin M once daily.  Read Full »

Itchy penis with painful foreskin retraction. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is 44 years old and taking no medication but only anti-fungal cream. He has a lot of itching and his foreskin does not go back without pain. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ohams Henry

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your history, it seems the skin is inflamed and cannot be retracted, this is called balanitis. There is a possibility of phimosis (tightness making it difficult to retract and painful. I am not sure of his personal hygiene because if he is not cleaning it proper...  Read Full »

I have a red area that is itching on the penis head for a week. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have a red area that is itching on the penis head for a week. It looks like balanitis according to the pictures I searched. I also have pain after urinating. I have tried with Nystatin cream, but I have more itching than before. I cannot go to the ER, but the quickest appointment with...  Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please send a picture of the affected area to help you better. I need to see to suggest the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.   Read Full »

Is cracked foreskin a symptom of genital herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have read that cracked skin is a symptom of genital herpes. But I searched to find a picture or an example of what this cracked skin would look like and have found nothing. Could you explain what this would look like? And would these cracks become permanent or how long they would ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandeep Golla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If possible forward few pictures of the affected area to guide you through precisely.  Read Full »

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