Balanoposthitis or balanitis is a term used to describe the inflammation of the foreskin and head of the penis. It can occur in case of poor maintenance of personal hygiene, infection, immunocompromised states or over cleaning with drying soaps.

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How do I cure the recurrent redness and tightness in my foreskin?

Query: Hi doctor,I am diabetic and hypertensive. I am under the following medication;1. Tablet Glimepiride 3 mg.2. Tablet Metformin 1 mg twice daily.3. Tablet Telmisartan 40 mg.4. Tablet Ecospirin 75 mg.5. Tablet Sitagliptin.6. Tablet Urimax 0.4 mg. Blood sugar readings are now in control (random blood sug...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello,Welcome to can understand your concern, and I would like to know the following details so that I can guide you better:1. Do you have a burning sensation during urination?2. Do you have urethral discharge and pain?3. Do you have recurrent balanitis?4. Do you practice improper geni...  Read Full »

What are the red and itchy bumps present on the tip of the penis?

Query: Hello doctor,There are red and itchy tiny bumps all over the tip of the penis and inside the foreskin. What could it be? About three weeks ago, I had the same problem, which disappeared on its own, in about three days.  Read Full »

Dr. G.s.s. Sandeep

Answer: Hi,Welcome to think you have balanoposthitis. It is mostly due to candidal fungal infection. This is not contagious, and it is not a serious issue. I suggest you try the following:Lulifin (Luliconazole) cream, once daily at bedtime for four consecutive weeks.Hydrocortisone cream, unt...  Read Full »

How to cure the pain and redness in my penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I started having pain and redness in my penis five months ago. I have been diagnosed with balanoposthitis, most likely candida. The urologist tried to treat it for two months. However, there was no significant success. Then the urologist recommended doing circumcision. I did it three mon...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the attached photographs (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is benign congested blood vessels with balanoposthitis. Do keep a check on your sugar levels. I would suggest the following: 1) Apply Miconazole cream (Micogel) in th...  Read Full »

What is causing white patches on the skin under my foreskin?

Query: Hello doctor,I have white patches on the skin under my foreskin.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for contacting us. I read your query and understand your concerns. As per the available details in the form of a query and attached picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), it seems that you are suffering from balanoposthitis. This i...  Read Full »

Can rashes on the penis be penile cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, For the second time I have suffered a rash on the glans of my penis in this year. This time the rash was more intense in color. There has never been any itching or pain associated with this rash. But, just a scary looking color. I was tested for all STD and STI infections before a mont...  Read Full »

Dr. Shahil Khant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, do not worry as you do not have penile cancer. This is a recurrent attack of balanoposthitis. You should get tested for diabetes. For tight foreskin, you need circumcision. Also, if you are using a condom or any jelly during intercourse, then that might be ...  Read Full »

Are fluid-filled red spots on the penile head bacterial or fungal infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old. Five years ago, I was treated for balanitis. But again, there are some red spots and lesions fluid-filled in it appears on the head of my penis. So I contacted to the same dermatologist and he suggested me to use Ketoconazole 2% cream twice daily and Fluconazole tab...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, it is balanoposthitis. Is there itching, burning, tingling sensation, pain, irritation? Contact with irritant? Allergic reaction to irritant soap?Sexually active? Any infection in past herpes, candidal balanitis? Any recurrent episode? Do you have burning mic...  Read Full »

I have inflammation from foreskin to tip of penis. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I been having some mild burning when I pee since middle of last month. Later, the inflammation spread to my foreskin and tip of my penis. Now I have pain on the tip of my penis. I tried Clotrimazole 1 week did nothing then after 2 weeks I tried 0.5 % Hydrocortisone, it did not work we...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From history that you gave, it seems like candidal balanitis only. But to make confirmative diagnosis, I need to ask you a few questions. Do you have any discharge from penis opening? If yes, color of discharge yellow or white? Even if it is a very mild discharge. A...  Read Full »

How to cure allergy in head of penis and inner skin?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having some allergy on the head of my penis and inner skin of my penis. My inner skin of penis is always red and I have this problem for a long time. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your description, it can be balanitis but to rule out herpes genitalis please send a good quality image and revert back. Is it associated with itching or burning sensation or pain? If sexually active does your partner suffer from a similar complaint?  Read Full »

I have swelling in foreskin with itching and pain during sex. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24 years old, student. Recently, during a sexual intercourse I felt an acute pain after which I suddenly stopped. The next day I had swelling all around my penis. It seems like the foreskin has swollen. I was a bit worried so I visited the GP here who advised me to take anti-bact...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The foreskin of your glans is edematous and little inflammatory (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This condition may be due to vigorous sexual activity against the dry vagina or may be due to local infection. Possibility of balanoposthitis. So you may...  Read Full »

I have inflamed EUM, balanoposthitis, and mild discharge. What should I do now?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in the penis, yesterday I went with a urologist, and he did a physical examination in the external genitalia after which he found inflamed EUM, the frenulum is short and tight, balanoposthitis, and mild discharge. Please suggest what I should do now?  Read Full »

Dr. Gajanan Shirpad Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description, it is clear that you have inflammation of foreskin and glans penis, which is called balanoposthitis in medical parlance. Usually, this does not occur in normal persons, if one can keep the undersurface of foreskin clean once a day. However, cle...  Read Full »

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