A condition seen more often in an uncircumcised male and associated with an unretractable foreskin. Balanitis is the inflammation of the head (glans) of the penis and the foreskin.
Causes of Balanitis
Balanitis develops from an infection from bacteria (Borrelia vincentii, streptococci) or fungus (Candida albicans) or an allergy to chemicals in clothing, contraceptive cream, and condom latex. Tight foreskin may cause the problem, or exacerbate an infection once it occurs.
Signs and Symptoms of Balanitis
Symptoms of Balanitis include pain, redness and itching of the penis. There is swelling of the head of the penis and ulcerations may occur. Swelling and inflammation also occurs in the foreskin. Enlarged lymph glands develop in the groin which may be red and painful. Less commonly, the person develops fever and chills, discharge from the penis and painful urination.
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