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Balanitis is an inflammation of the glans of the penis. Balanitis is in most cases, infectious, and the causative organism can be transmitted through sexual contact. When the inflammation also affects the foreskin, the term used it balano-posthitis. This condition is due, in most cases, to poor hygiene in adult men.


Balanitis is manifested in the following manners:
  • the appearance of red spots on the glans;
  • pain;
  • irritation;
  • discharge from ureteral meatus (end of the urethreal duct);
  • swelling of the gland with circular lesions;
  • a bad smell.


A doctor will conduct an examination to determine the factors that may have increased the risk of such an infection, such as lack of circumcision, diabetes or any genital infection of the patient's partner. He will also discuss the modalities of personal hygiene. He will then follow up with a clinical examination, including a palpation of the genital and lymph nodes and, depending on the type of balanitis, a blood test.


The cause of the disease must first and foremost be addressed. In the case of the persistence worsening of the infection, the doctor will administer antibiotics. If the foreskin is too tight and prevents full exposure of the glans - which can increase the risk of balanitis - circumcision consisting of removal of the foreskin may be considered.


Various personal hygiene tips are recommended, including avoiding washing too aggressively, using of antiseptic soaps, and thoroughly rinsing and drying.

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