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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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 month ...  Read Full »

Dr. Khant Shahil Ramesh Bhai

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 »

I have a small reddish raised line on my penis after I had unprotected sex. Can it be herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small reddish skin-colored raised line on my penis after I had unprotected sex. But it is painless. Can it be herpes? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. V. Srikanth Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems you have balanoposthitis. It is a kind of mild yeast infection. You are suffering from candidal balanoposthitis which is a fungal infection of the foreskin and glans penis. It presents as itching, red s...  Read Full »

When I retract the foreskin of my penis there is a mild foul smell with signs of infection, pain, and discomfort. Please help

Query: Hi doctor, When I retract the foreskin (prepuce), there is a mild foul smell with signs of infection. I also have mild discomfort and pain. I have been having this for more than six months. I have consulted a dermatologist and my wife's gynecologist, who treated both of us with the following: Tablet...  Read Full »

Dr. Madhav Tiwari

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Could you please help me with a few details so that things are a little clear: Do you have difficulty retracting the foreskin back? Is the skin red or inflamed? Do you have any problem passing urine, like straining or urgency? Do you have any ...  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 mont...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

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 the mo...  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 Madhav

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 mictu...  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 »

I have had a form of balanitis on the head of my penis for over a month, and it is not getting better. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 years old male. I have had a complaint of meatus that turned red and swollen with pus. I have been having a form of balanitis on the head of my penis for over a month, and it is not getting any better. I have visited my doctor twice already and have been given Fluconazole the s...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen your query and concern. It seems you have balanitis. Balanitis is inflammation of the glans penis. Balanitis involving the foreskin and prepuce is termed balanoposthitis. Predisposing factors include poor hygiene and overwashing, use of over-the-counter med...  Read Full »

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 Madhav

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 »

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

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 »

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