Balanitis

Sore redness or shinyness of the tip of the penis

This refers to inflammation, redness, tenderness and soreness of the glans – which is the bell end of the penis.

There are two or three rare conditions which cause Balanitis and this requires special diagnosis and treatment but probably the commonest of all causes of Balanitis is a simple candida infection commonly referred to as thrush.

Candida is usually very easily treated by simple creams but candida be re-transmitted from a sexual partner backwards and forwards and it is common for re-infection to occur. Some patients seem to be very prone to candida and get it on a recurrent basis. It is important to check out for sugar intolerance and diabetes in this type of patient.

by Dr John Ashworth

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