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Balanitis is swelling of the head of the penis and sometimes the foreskin is also affected. It is not normally serious and may be prevented with good hygiene.
Symptoms of balanitis
Symptoms of balanitis include red skin and swelling around the head of the penis, irritation, soreness and a tight foreskin (phimosis).
Causes of balanitis
The causes of balanitis include the build up of a substance called smegma, fungal infections, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Diagnosing balanitis
Your GP should be able to diagnose balanitis by the redness and inflamed (swollen) appearance of the glans.
Treating balanitis
Treatments for balanitis include corticosteroid creams for skin irritation, fungal creams for fungal infections, and antibiotics for bacterial infections.
Preventing balanitis
You can usually reduce your chances of developing balanitis by maintaining good levels of hygiene.