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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How to stop the skin on my penile tip from peeling?

Query: Hi doctor, The thing on the tip of my penis has peeled twice. I still put Clotrimazole as you said and took the prescribed medicines. I would say it is improved, but it is still here. Anything we can do about it?  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from peeling of skin from the tip of the penis. According to the picture that is provided here (attachment removed to protect patient identity), you may suffer from balanitis, w...  Read Full »

Are red rashes on the head of the penis with inflammation a concerning issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a rash or changes to the head of my penis. I was informed it was a yeast infection and tested negative for STIs. However, after treatment, I noticed a little progress. I have seen a urologist and a dermatologist, neither of which have been able to figure it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ankush Jairath


Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems to be balanitis. Do you have any urinary complaints like frequency, urgency, low stream, nocturia, dribbling? Do you have any history of diabetes, hypertension, or any medications you are on? Is there any history of unprotected sex with a new partner in th...  Read Full »

What causes white dots on the penile shaft?

Query: Hello doctor, I have small white dots below the skin of my penis shaft on one side. They do not itch. They are just unsightly. How do I get rid of them?  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do you scratch or rub the lesion excessively? Do you have a popping or pricking history? Is there any injury? Do you use any lubricant or harsh soap? Is there a history of atopy or allergies? Are you a diabetic? Attach a picture of the lesion for confirmation of dia...  Read Full »

How to confirm whether my genital ulcer is due to syphilis or herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a genital ulcer for many days, and I do not know what is going on. I am a medical student and thinking about two causes, genital herpes or syphilis. I had an STD test for both and took treatment for this. Personally, it reminds me of herpes, and I have started taking Valacyclov...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are many differential diagnoses of genital ulcer-like herpes genitalis, primary chancre, beaches, chancroid, gonorrhea, STI, etc. Have you done VRDL, TPHA, FTA-Abs tests? If the tests come reactive or positive, take tablet Doxycycline 100 mg twice daily aft...  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. C Sharath Kumar

Infertility Specialist, Sexologist

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 »

How to treat chronic balanitis with painful swelling?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a diabetic. I have chronic balanitis for the past two years. Now there is swelling under the foreskin that can open the foreskin to clean the white dirt. I dip the penis in cold water after excruciating pain and open the foreskin to clean. But the swelling is so much that closing...  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the attached photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like an ulcerated lesion on the glans penis along with balanitis, which could be due to fungal infection, herpes, chronic abrasion, or other sexual diseases (if there is a hist...  Read Full »

How long will it take to recover completely from balanitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have balanitis for the past 11 months. I have taken two tablets of Fluconazole with daily application of Candid Clotrimazole cream. Now I still have slight redness in the glans penis and sensitivity when I wear tight formal clothing at work. Any idea how long will this take to resol...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandip Pramanik


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Balanitis can take a little more time to resolve. Apply moisturizer to the glans and prepuce. Do you have prepuce? Or are you circumcised? If you can upload the photo of the diseased part, it would have been convenient for me to diagnose.  Read Full »

What should I do to help my tight foreskin and burning sensation in the penis and anal area?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sensitive penis for months. The foreskin does not retract smoothly, and there are some white smelly things insides the foreskin. Recently, there is a burning sensation, and I cannot locate the exact area. It is burning of the urethra as well as it seems the whole penis. I can...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Are you a diabetic? Do you have a relation with multiple partners? I have gone through the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The image shows balanitis. Usually, it is seen after bacterial or candidal infection. It is most common in diabe...  Read Full »

How to treat red dots on penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some red dots around my penis. I have already consulted a doctor for that before two years. Doctor prescribed me Clobeatsol and Propionate cream. It got cured, but again now I am getting the same problem. Kindly give me a permanent solution as these dots are increasing.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your description seems previously you were affected with a yeast infection, which leads to red dots over the glans penis known as balanitis. Predisposing factors include poor hygiene and overwashing, over-the-counter medications, and nonretraction of the foreskin. It m...  Read Full »

Why do I have reddish discoloration in my penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a strange red discoloration on the glans of my penis (on the top). At first, I thought maybe it was from rubbing inside the briefs, but it has been there for several months and has become bigger, and it also tends to get dry. A rug burn is the best thing I can say to describe i...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do you have burning on urination, increased frequency of urination, or irritation? Will you do excess scratching and rubbing of the lesion? Will you do rough handling? Do you have any contact with irritant or chemical contact? Have you used lubricants and harsh soap?...  Read Full »

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