What is balanitis? The term Balanitis is used to describe all inflammation of the skin covering the foreskin and/or head (glans) of the penis. It is a common condition affecting males who have contracted yeast infections.
- reddening of foreskin or penis
- rashes, white bumps, on the head of the penis
- pain or soreness of the penis and foreskin
- pungent discharges
The male yeast infection symptoms – redness, inflammation, irritation – are very similar to many other conditions that could be affecting males, so (as always) it is important to confer with a health professional before starting any treatments.
Balanitis is typically a cause of inadequate hygiene most often in uncircumcised men. The skin irritation and inflammation can also be due to a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, caustic soaps, or failure to sufficiently rinse soap off while showering. Additionally, balanitis is commonly caused is by allergic reactions, such as those of latex and chemicals used in condoms or other skincare products. Several other diseases, namely Reiter’s syndrome, lichen sclerosis, and erythema multiforme, may also cause balanitis.