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After treating balanitis will my penis ever look the same? And what is the worst case scenario for long term untreated balanitis?

After treating balanitis will my penis ever look the same? And what is the worst case scenario for long term untreated balanitis?

Yes, it will heal: Balanitis symptoms often evolve over three to seven days. The condition may present as pain, tenderness, or pruritus associated with small erythematous lesions on the glans and/or the prepuce. These lesions can be ulcerated or scaly. Thick foul smelling purulent exudate is often produced. If not properly treated, this process can evolve into a tightening of the prepuce, known as phimosis.

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Hi there can u treat balanitis with clotrimazole 2% cream & how how long does it take to work?

Hi there can u treat balanitis with clotrimazole 2% cream & how how long does it take to work?

Possibly: Whether or not the clotrimazole will work depends on the cause of the balanitis. it will only work if the cause is fungal infection from yeast (candida, thrush). There are many other causes of balanitis that it will not work for. Please discuss with your doctor.

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No Sex contact for 16 months. Recurring balanitis last 3 months. Gets healed by topical antifungal cream in days. I stop using cream. It comes back. Y?

No Sex contact for 16 months. Recurring balanitis last 3 months. Gets healed by topical antifungal cream in days. I stop using cream. It comes back. Y?

Balanitis.: Balanitis can be caused by various causes - fungal, bacterial, inflammatory or irritative. In your case it could be that you're simply not treating the fungal infection long enough - even though the area may look better, treatment may need to be continued for weeks to assure resolution. Or, your balanitis may not be due to a fungal infection at all. Needs further investigation.

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2.5 yr old has balanitis and urologist suggestion is that circumcision is only long term option. Can that be true? Really want a second opinion.

2.5 yr old has balanitis and urologist suggestion is that circumcision is only long term option. Can that be true? Really want a second opinion.

Yes will need but: Also possible most of the time to manage non operatively, most likely has phimosis also (tight fore skin) by pulling the skin back (not possible if he has phimosis) cleaning the glans and foreskin regularly that clears infection, on a 2.5 yr is not easy, who is going to do this mom or dad? So easy option is circumcision.

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Have had bouts of balanitis. Recently went to urologist & prescribed nizoral% cream. How long should I take it for? He said 1wk. Any thoughts pls?

Have had bouts of balanitis. Recently went to urologist & prescribed nizoral% cream. How long should I take it for? He said 1wk. Any thoughts pls?

Up to 2-3 weeks: Nizoral (ketoconazole), an anti-fungal cream, usually improves a rash within 1-3 weeks if indeed it is used for the proper indication (fungal or yeast skin infection).

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HELP PLS. Should I be tested for hsv? Last sex 18 months ago. No symptoms except balanitis. Urologist ordered HSV igm test because of balanitis. Worried about false positive on test. About to marry.

HELP PLS. Should I be tested for hsv? Last sex 18 months ago. No symptoms except balanitis. Urologist ordered HSV igm test because of balanitis. Worried about false positive on test. About to marry.

If getting married: If getting married soon, and one or both people are worried about herpes, the way to solve this issue is for the couple to go together to their doctors, and ask for Herpes 1 and 2 specific IgG testing on BOTH people (may or may not be covered by insurance)... and then go together to get the results. This way, both fiancees know both results at the same time, and can decide what to do as a couple.

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What is balanitis?

What is balanitis?

Penile inflammation: Balanitis is inflammation & swelling of the glans (tip) of the penis. If foreskin is involved, it's balanoposthitis.

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How is balanitis treated?

How is balanitis treated?

Here are...: Key rx for balanitis is gentle cleaning ; drying the foreskin regularly, especially after each peeing plus timely ; thinly applying antifungal/steroid cream; definite rx is circumcision + good hygiene. Note: remember to pull down the retracted foreskin after each cleaning ; drying; otherwise, paraphimosis may ensue - an emergency.

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How can one address balanitis?

Some are...: Some 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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What are the symptoms of balanitis?

What are the symptoms of balanitis?

BALANITIS: Itching, burning and at times some drainage of the penis. Pain with urination, red bumps can form also.

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Describe the features of balanitis.?

Describe the features of balanitis.?

Inflammed glans: Only occurs in the uncircumcised under an inflammed foreskin. Combined inlammation of glans & foreskin is known as balanoposthitis. Foreskin usually cannot be retracted and becomes swollen and tender. Immediate treatment usually oral antibiotics plus topical antibiotic salve such as neosporin or bacitracin. See your Dr., circumcision may be adviseable.

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What should I do to stop recurring balanitis?

What should I do to stop recurring balanitis?

Balanitis: Improve local hygiene, topical creams such as antifungal with steroids work and sometimes circumcision.

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What symptoms does someone with balanitis have?

What symptoms does someone with balanitis have?

Glans penis inflamed: Symptoms are diverse and depends on the source of inflammation.First signs – small red erosions on the glans, redness of the foreskin, redness of the penis. Other symptoms includes a foul smelling discharge and painful foreskin and penis. See your doctor since the cause can either be infectious or non-infectious- which will require several tests to figure out.

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What are the most common symptoms of balanitis?

What are the most common symptoms of balanitis?

Discomfort: Balanitis causes local penile symptoms such as penile irritation, discomfort, burning, and even pain over time if left untreated.

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What things can I do to treat balanitis at home?

Not worth the risk: Balanitis is an infection of the penis. If not properly treated, it can lead to serious damage and real problems down the road. This is not something you want to try and treat yourself. Please go see your doc right away.

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What are the options if I keep getting balanitis?

What are the options if I keep getting balanitis?

Circumcision or...: Balanitis with or without postitis is an infrequent annoyance in uncircumcised males. Keeping good genital hygiene generally prevents these infections. If the infection recurrs often, circumcision would be next option.

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What is the definition or description of: balanitis?

What is the definition or description of: balanitis?

Glans inflammation: Inflammation of both glans penis and foreskin is balanoposthitis. Both commonly occur together in uncircumcised males. Inflammation of the foreskin, most commonly with phimosis (tight foreskin) is often incorrectly called balanitis, whereas it is in fact posthitis.

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What are some of the main effects of male having balanitis.?

Balanitis: Balanitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection. In my experience this is experienced as painful or itchy red swollen head of the penis or the area of his circumcision. One needs in most cases to be on an antibiotic for treating this. Hope that helps.