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A 32-year-old male asked:

Pls help! been on nizoral (ketoconazole) cream 2percnt for 1 n half weeks now for recurring balanitis. so far little improvment. will it get better? its depressing

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Dr. James Berman
Dermatology 40 years experience
No, its not fungal!: Balanitis can be a generic term for inflammation of the glans penis. If an antifungal cream hasn't worked, the next step is a weak cortisone salve such as Hydrocortisone 1%. If it is to be 'steroid' responsive you will know in 10-14 days. The differential diagnosis can be extensive but most commonly it is psoriasis, lichen planus, or contact dermatitis. See a dermatologist to get a diagnosis!
Dr. James Lin
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Here are...: = irritating / itchy rashes on glans penis in those having long foreskin usually with poor hygiene; = may be acute or chronically recurring; = key rx is gentle cleaning ; drying the foreskin regularly, especially after each peeing plus timely ; thinly applying antifungal/steroid cream; definite rx is circumcision + good hygiene.

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Last updated May 18, 2016

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