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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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 »

Please suggest medications for redness in the head of the penis.

Query: Hello doctor, I have red skin on the head of the penis. The forehead of the penis is red and when I pull skin up, I see some thick water like liquid (sometime look like it is white) is coming out of skin. The whole area where water coming out is red and looking like it has injuries or cuts. This si...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your history, it can be candidal balanitis. Treatment for the same is antifungal medications. But to be sure of diagnosis kindly send an image of the involved area and revert back so that oral medications can be advised along with topical. For more information con...  Read Full »

Why does the penis infection recur after stoppage of Miconazole nitrate gel?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having some kind of infection (itchy red skin) on my penis hood. I visited one urologist for the same problem. Liver function tests, sugar and thyroid tests werte done. All were normal. He advised me to use Miconazole nitrate gel. I used it and got instant relief. I used it for 20...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You must be suffering from balanitis (fungal infection) that is why Miconazole 2 % antifungal cream worked. Do not apply Sternon G (Betamethasone and Gentamicin) as it contains steroid. Please send the current condition clinical photographs so that the oral medications...  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

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 »

I have itchy painful bumps on penis that smells bad. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have something on my penis. It started a couple days ago after I had unprotected sex. I am uncircumcised. It is not the first time I have noticed something like this happen and I always get concerned. It feels very itchy, and also hurts. It does not feel painful when I urinate. Ther...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Presently the clinical photographs are not suggestive of herpes genitalis. Looks more like balanitis. In herpes genitalis there will be clean looks ulcers without slough, also there will be a pain. Herpes genitalis should subside with 5 to 7 days. Consider application o...  Read Full »

I have small red rashes on my glans penis. What could be the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I have small red rashes on my glans penis. It started as a small blister. When cleaned, it peeled like skin. However, if it is not cleaned, white discharge gets in and around the site. I am not taking any kind of medications.  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please revert with an image. It could be balanitis or herpes genitalis. The management can be decided based on the diagnosis. In the case of balanitis, one may apply Miconazole 2 % cream twice a day. Do you have a history of unprotected sexual intercourse? Revert with ...  Read Full »

Why the consumption of spices cause pimples on penis?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is getting pimples on his genital (penis head) whenever he consumes red chilies or spicy food, and it is taking a long time to cure. A similar incident occurred six months back, and he applied Candid lotion. All the blood tests came negative. Currently, he is on Raflu medica...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Kindly send the image. Without images, it is difficult to give a clinical diagnosis and the treatment. For more information consult a dermatologist online -->  Read Full »

I am worried about slight itchiness on penis. Please advise.

Query: Hi doctor,I am feeling slightly itchy on penis. I am worried because I have once had unprotected sex. I am fine from a long time, and the itching is very mild but my mind goes there again and again.  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Is there any active skin lesion? Is it associated with discharge? Do you have itching/burning sensation anywhere else on the body? Kindly send image for better understanding. Revert with more information to a dermatologist online -->  Read Full »

I have noticed spreading rash on my penis head. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 30 year old male. Since a couple of months, I have noticed some rashes on my penis head. Now, it seems to be spreading. I am washing it diluted Dettol in lukewarm water, and that is not of any help. Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi,Welcome to it the first episode or you had a similar complaint in the past?Does your partner have a similar complaint? Is it associated with itching?Please revert with the images.Revert with more information to the dermatologist online -->  Read Full »

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