Quick Answer: What Does Balanitis Look Like?

Should I be worried about balanitis?

Balanitis is a skin irritation on the head of the penis that can affect men and boys.

It’s not usually serious, but you should see your GP if you think you or your son has balanitis..

How long does Balanitis last for?

Most cases of balanitis respond to treatment within three to five days.

Is balanitis a sign of STD?

Balanitis is not a sexually transmitted disease. It results from an overgrowth of organisms (typically yeast or fungi) which are normally present on the skin of the glans. These yeast are present in both circumcised and uncircumcised men.

What happens if balanitis goes untreated?

Untreated balanitis can cause chronic (long-term) inflammation (redness and irritation). Lasting inflammation can cause health issues, including: Balanoposthitis: Balanitis can lead to balanoposthitis (inflammation of the foreskin and glans). This only occurs in uncircumcised males.

Is Vaseline good for Balanitis?

How is balanitis treated? The first step in treating non-specific balanitis is to clean and dry the glans penis after washing or going to the toilet. Applying soft white paraffin ointment (Vaseline® ointment) under the foreskin helps to heal genital skin. Try to avoid contact with irritants of the genital skin.

What can be mistaken for balanitis?

balanitis. Balanoposthitis is often confused with two similar conditions: phimosis and balanitis. All three conditions affect the penis.

What STD causes Balanitis?

Other infections that can cause balanitis include: Bacteria: These can multiply rapidly in the moist and warm conditions under the foreskin. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): Examples include Herpes simplex virus, Chlamydia, and syphilis.

Can Balanitis go away by itself?

Treatment for balanitis and balanoposthitis depends on the underlying cause, however, it starts with cleaning the head of the penis (glans) and foreskin. Once the cause of balanitis or balanoposthitis is diagnosed, self-care at home may be all that is needed to treat the condition.

How long does Balanitis last untreated?

How long does it take to go away? Treatment for common yeast-caused balanitis is topical canesten 1% cream (clotrimazole, Lotrimin); recommended treatment time varies from about 2 weeks to 1 month. Lotrisone (combination of betamethasone and clotrimazole) has also been used.

Can Balanitis be transmitted orally?

Balanitis is not sexually transmitted. Men do not ‘catch’ balanitis from women with vaginal thrush, or vice versa. Balanitis results from excessive growth of organisms which are normally present on the skin of the glans. The condition usually occurs in men who have a foreskin (ie have not been circumcised).