Balanitis

  • Inflammation of the head of the penis
  • Symptoms may include pain, swelling, ulcer of the penis and the inability to pull back the foreskin
  • Cause commonly due to poor hygiene in uncircumcised men but may also occur as a result of infection, chemical irritants such as soap, drug allergies or other factors
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males only
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild to severe
  • Not life threatening

  • Maintain good hygiene habits
  • Retract foreskin and soak in warm water daily

 

FOR ITCHING

  • Avoid items or situations that cause you to itch
  • Moisturize daily
  • Use creams, lotions or gels that soothe and cool the skin
  • Avoid scratching
  • Cut fingernails short, and consider wearing gloves at night to prevent scratching
  • Use mild, fragrance free soap and laundry detergent
  • Cover area with cold wet bandages or take a cool bath
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Diphenhydramine

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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