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Watch out, these 6 things can cause genital balanitis

, – When talking about complaints to the main male “weapon”, what are the things that are on your mind? Impotence, itching due to fungus, premature ejaculation, or maybe peyronie (the shape of the penis looks curved? What about balanitis , never heard of this disease?

Balanitis is inflammation of the tip of the head of the penis. How come? The causes are various, but infection is a common cause of balanitis. This infection causes inflammation of the skin covering the head of the uncircumcised penis.

Most cases of balanitis are in children under 4 years of age and adult men who have not been circumcised. However, there are also some other cases experienced by men who have been circumcised.

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Can be caused by various factors

Basically, balanitis is caused by an infection. This infection can occur due to sexual misconduct or non-sexual behavior. For children, balanitis is usually due to poor hygiene, especially in men who have not been circumcised . At least 1 in 30 men who have not been circumcised have balanitis.

A discharge called smegma usually forms under the foreskin at the uncircumcised tip of the penis. Well, this can cause balanitis. In addition, other causes of balanitis can be irritation or allergic reactions and other conditions, such as phimosis.

In addition, several health conditions can also trigger balanitis in children. For example, conditions that make the immune system low, such as diabetes mellitus or are undergoing chemotherapy.

In addition to the things above, here are other trigger factors for balanitis according to the National Health Service :

  1. Not washing or cleaning the penis properly.
  2. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) such as gonorrhea or chlamydia.
  3. Irritation caused by substances such as soap, shower gel or condoms.
  4. Diabetes or high blood sugar levels.
  5. Certain diseases such as reactive arthritis and lichen sclerosus atrophicus.

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Stinging When Urinating To Fever

Generally, men who have balanitis experience swelling and redness of the head of the penis or the foreskin. However, balanitis can cause various other complaints, such as:

  • Odorous discharge;
  • Irritation;
  • Pain, itching, and swelling at the head of the penis;
  • Feels hard, dry, or stiff;
  • Pain occurs when urinating;
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the groin area;
  • Fever.

So, how do you deal with this disease?

Can be tablets, ointments, to circumcision

Basically, to treat balanitis can be treated with drug therapy. Well, the type of drug used depends on what causes balanitis. For example, balanitis caused by bacteria is given antibiotics (penicillins, macrolides, and metronidazole). This antibiotic can be in the form of antibiotic tablets or cream.

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If it is caused by a fungus, anti-fungal creams and tablets (nystatin, fluconazole, mikonazole) can be given. Just like antibiotics, this antifungal can be given in the form of tablets or ointments (creams).

Apart from the two drugs above, there are also corticosteroids to treat balanitis. Steroid creams are generally given to patients with balanitis caused by an allergic / irritant reaction. However, if balanitis occurs repeatedly, circumcision is the best management that can be done.

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Reference:
National Institutes of Health – MedlinePlus. Accessed 2020. Balanitis
National Health Service UK. Accessed 2020. Circumcision in Men
National Health Service UK. Accessed 2020. Balanitis
Healthline. Accessed 2020. What Is Balanitis