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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 can I treat balanitis and painful swollen veins at home?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been having some issues with my penis. At first, a month ago I thought I had balanitis and so I used Terrarisil balanitis cream but I have only used a few times and now I see that one of my veins got swollen and it feels like it aches a little. I do not know what to do with both the...  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would like to know your age, are you sexually active? To me it looks like Mondor disease, a condition in which veins get swollen for which there can be many reasons like penile injury, sexual activity, etc. The condition is treatable. You have to take oral antibiotic an...  Read Full »

What is the possible diagnosis for rashes under the penile head with cracks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have rashes on the penis under the head. It has been there for a while. It started as a small rash and continues to get worse. It is in the folds of skin under the head of penis and never looked bumpy until now. I am sexually active and still masturbating actively. Previously it was ...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Such rashes on the penis can occur due to multiple causes including syphilis, herpes, candidal balanitis, and many more. I need to ask you a few questions so I can advise you properly. Since when do you have this rash? Do you have burning associated with it? Do you h...  Read Full »

I feel itchy in the head of the penis which worsens on urination and masturbation. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past three days, I am experiencing itchiness within (inside) the head of my penis. There is mild pain while touching the head and it becomes bad post masturbation and urination. No boils found under the skin but it seemed to be red in color.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your complaints are more in favor of urethritis or balanitis. This could be a consequence of multiple factors ranging from infections to even renal stones. Kindly mention if there is any pain when passing urine? Is there any pus discharge from the urethra? Is there any ...  Read Full »

I develop balanitis whenever I am on an antibiotics. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 49-year-old male. For the past six to seven years, whenever I am on an antibiotic course (Augmentin Duo 625 mg). It results in balanitis and smegma production, which troubles me for two to three weeks and then disappears. About two months ago, I was on an antibiotic (Augmentin) for...  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries. I understand your concern and will try to help you with it. I need a few details to help you in a proper manner. For what condition are you taking antibiotics? Is it self-medication or prescribed by a doctor? Have you got your blo...  Read Full »

I have balanitis with mild pain while pushing the foreskin. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 63-year-old male. I am having balanitis. I am a diabetic taking the following medicines. Novostat CV 10, Optidoz, Glimisave max forte 1 two tablets daily, Fourts B and HCQs 200 for RA factor. I have no bad habits and stopped sex two years back due to health reasons. Upon medical a...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your complaints. I would suggest you to carry out complete blood count to rule out infection which will be reflected by increased total leukocyte count or increased neutrophils. Also, carry out urine examination and random blood glucose to rule out ...  Read Full »

I have recurring balanitis. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I think I had balanitis. I wash my penis every day, and it went away in a few days, but it came back again with red spots, and I see little cuts in the head of my penis. I am not circumcised, and the skin under the head is red and itches. Also, I masturbate a lot. What should I do? I...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Regarding your symptoms, I believe you have developed acute balanitis due to frequent masturbation. I would suggest you do the following: 1. Apply Clindamycin ointment twice a day for one week. 2. Take the tablet Metronidazole 400 mg ...  Read Full »

I have had balanitis, and my penis is red and inflamed after sex. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have had this balanitis issue for a few years, but it has not gone away yet. I have attached a picture. Right now, the right side of my penis is red and inflamed. I recently had sex, and that caused it to bruise a bit. What can I use for this issue? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. V. Srikanth Reddy

Answer: Hi doctor, I have reviewed your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). You suffer from candidal balanoposthitis, a fungal infection of the foreskin and glans penis. It presents as itching, red spots on the glans, swelling and cracks on the foreskin, and inability to retrac...  Read Full »

There is peeling of the skin and red spots on the penis. Kindly suggest some remedies.

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed some infection on my penis two days back. The skin is peeling out, and there are little red spots on the head of the penis. There is no itching or irritation. I am sexually active. I am currently taking tablet Nexito 5 mg. Kindly suggest a solution for the same. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. A proper evaluation can be done if you share the following information. Did you come in contact with any irritant chemical? Did you use any harsh soap? Do you have a latex allergy? Did you use any scented moisturi...  Read Full »

What could be causing white patches on my penis and private parts?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old and have had two white patches on the private area of my penis for the past two years. I have no other symptoms, like itching or spreading. Could you please recommend a treatment? Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. It appears to be leucoderma or penile vitiligo. I request that you answer the below questions to arrive at a definitive diagnosis so I can guide you accordingly. Since when did it appear? Is the lesion itchy or bur...  Read Full »

I have itching on my foreskin and penis head. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have itching on my foreskin and my penis head. I looked it up online, and it appears to be balanitis. Also, I can pull my foreskin back when my penis is erect, but it is very tight. I have never had sexual intercourse. I masturbate around twice a month, and I clean my penis every day. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. If there was unprotected sex, one needs to think of sexually transmitted infection. Please get the following tests done. TPHA (treponema pallidum hemagglutination). HPV (human papillomavirus) DNA PCR (polymerization chain reaction) test....  Read Full »

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