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Three Common Penile Problems, Part III


You've learned about Hypospadias and Peyronie's disease and to close out this series, I'm going to talk about Balanitis. Balanitis is a fancy word for an inflammation on the head of the penis, and symptoms include redness or swelling, itching, rash, pain, and a foul-smelling discharge. Now that I've sparked your interest, click here to read more.

Balanitis is prevalent with uncircumcised men and usually comes to fruition when men have poor hygiene. If dead skin, sweat, debris, and bacteria isn't properly cleaned, it can collect under the foreskin and cause inflammation and dermatitis. While a good cleaning can cure Balanitis, oral antibiotics or antifungal medication may be required. Again, this is not a life-threatening problem, but it can be painful and irritating.

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