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Balanitis is an inflammation of the head of the penis which can cause redness, irritation and soreness. It can affect men and boys of any age, but is particularly common in boys under the age of 5 and those men who have not been circumcised. Balanitis can be caused by a number of factors so it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible to get the right treatment. If you or a member of your family are showing symptoms of balanitis, arrange a video or phone consultation with one of our GPs today.

Causes of balanitis

Balanitis can be caused by a number of factors, including poor hygiene, bacterial infections and skin irritants such as certain soaps or shower gels. Other causes can include:

Symptoms of balanitis

The main symptoms of balanitis are redness, irritation and soreness at the head of the penis. Other symptoms can include:

  • Pain when urinating
  • Itching or irritation around the area
  • An unpleasant smell
  • Swelling
  • Thick fluid build-up around the foreskin

Treatment for balanitis

Most cases of balanitis are treated with improvements in personal hygiene or creams and medications recommended by your doctor. If you or your family member are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above please book in for a consultation today to discuss this with one of our GPs.

The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of a doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never delay seeking or disregard professional medical advice because of something you have read here.