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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I am having an itching, redness, and burning sensation in my glans. How to cure this?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having an itching and redness in my glans. When I wash with water, there is a burning sensation. The foreskin has redness in a ring formation and hurts when retracting. Please help with the medication that I should take to cure this. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Do you have any history of fungal infections in the past? Do you have any recurrent episodes? Do you have any swelling of the glans penis? Attach clinical picture to assess so can guide you accordingly.  Read Full »

I have irritation and bumps on my genital area, which is not resolving with antifungals. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I have irritation and bumps on my genital area. I have tried antifungals, but still, I did not feel better. I am looking for help from someone to see what it could be. I do not have insurance, so that is why I am seeking help here.   Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Apply Clotrimazole cream (Candid cream) twice daily in the morning and night for three weeks. Wash area with Episoft cleanser or No soap cleanser daily for two months. Apply Fucidin cream (Fusidic acid) cream in the daytime for ten days. Maintain proper...  Read Full »

Can fungal infection and antifungal medication attribute to low sperm count?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a sperm test, and the result showed a semen concentration of 10 million per mL and immature sperm cells. I think that the medications that I took in the past for my balanitis could be the reason for my sperm derangement. I was diagnosed with candidiasis and balanitis with i...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to for the query.Antifungals have also been attributed to some effect on sperm production. Considering that the life span of a sperm cell is 120 days and that you had balanitis and yeast infection three months ago, there are chances that there would have been epididy...  Read Full »

Is a length of 7.5 cm of a fully erect penis considered a micropenis, and how to increase its size?

Query: Hello doctor,I consulted a doctor for the rashes on my penis and was diagnosed with balanitis and phimosis even though I was circumcised. The doctor suggested consulting an endocrinologist as she suspected I had a micropenis. The length of my fully erect penis is 7.5 cm.Is this considered a micropen...  Read Full »

Dr. Thiyagarajan T

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You do not have phimosis. Usually, uncircumcised people only get phimosis. I can see the entire glans in one of the pictures you sent, so there is no chance of phimosis (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Penis length in adults is more ...  Read Full »

Is there any treatment available for micropenis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 27-year-old male. My height is 180 cm, and my weight is 75 kg. I had rashes in my penis, and I consulted a doctor. I was diagnosed with balanitis, phimosis, and micropenis. My penis is 7.5 cm in length when stretched fully. The doctor also suggested me consult an endocrinolo...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Though phimosis is more common in uncircumcised children, it can also occur in adults, with the primary cause being infection. Infections cause the foreskin to swell and tighten around the tip of the penis head or at the base of ...  Read Full »

Even after taking Fluconazole, my genital rashes remains the same. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a rash on my genitals from a month. So, I went to a venereologist, who told me to take Fluconazole, one tablet for two weeks. As you can see by the photos attached, the rash is still the same even after a month. Please help me diagnose and treat my rashes.  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the rash pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like balanitis, which can be due to fungal infection or bacterial infection. The medications given to you were correct. I suggest you try applying Fusidic acid 2 % cream, Miconazole...  Read Full »

I am unable to pull my foreskin back. Do I require circumcision?

Query: Hello doctor, I am not able to pull my foreskin back which I believe might affect my sexual life. My age is 28 years. I was told by someone that circumcision is an option.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Difficulty to pull the foreskin back over glans (head of penis) is a problematic situation, it does hamper the sexual performance as well. This condition is called phimosis. It can be physiological, which is present since birth and resolves spontaneously by early a...  Read Full »

What is balanitis and how is it treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old male, and I am sexually inactive. I have bright red patches on the penis glans and foreskin for many years. I used tablet Augmentin 625 for seven days, but it did not go away completely. It sometimes itches but not much. A little white fluid comes near the red patch...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Kindly attach a picture of the lesion so that I can diagnose it and guide accordingly. Also, please provide the following details: Do you have history of circumcision? Is your penile hygiene improper? Are the lesions itchy? Are there recurrent episodes of balaniti...  Read Full »

Can balanitis be cured?

Query: Hi doctor, My urologist and dermatologist are saying that I have balanitis. I was given different creams, but the red sports appear again once I stop applying the cream. Coconut oil also seems like working. Is balanitis treatable? I am a known type 2 diabetic, and my current fasting blood sugar is...  Read Full »

Dr. Shalini Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, balanitis is curable. Antifungal for local application is a must. You can opt systemic antifungal if the local cream does not give relief. Keeping the skin retracted also help to avoid the moisture. You have to maintain good control over your sugar levels. Also, nee...  Read Full »

What is causing itchiness and redness in my penis?

Query: Hi doctor,The head of my penis is swollen. I have redness in my penis and itchiness which wakes me up in the night. Now the itchiness is getting better. But I am worried if it is something serious. I have no problem urinating.  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the attached picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), it looks like you have developed an allergic reaction since the area is red and small bumps along with swelling are present. You can do the following- 1. Avoid wearing tight garments,...  Read Full »

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