Balanitis is a disease suffered by the men folk. It leads to the inflammation of the glans, a term used to describe the head of the penis. People suffering from balanitis have the foreskin covering the head of their penis swollen and lose. Age is never a factor as the condition is suffered the most by boys below age 4 and men who are not circumcised. Balanitis not only gives pain, but it is ugly to look at. It gives boys pain during urination and pain to men during sex.
One of the major identified causes of balanitis, is poor hygiene. It is very common among uncircumcised men and young boys. Cleaning the affected foresking with warm water on daily basis, offers relieve from the pain of balanitis. Smegma which is a condition of white substance being produce from the glands of the penis, occurs when the foreskin on the head of the penis is too tight, making it difficult for the penis to be retracted back. The white cheesy substance causes inflammation and irritation of the penis, and this is one of the major symptoms of balanitis.
Balanitis is also caused by other factors such as diabetes, infection caused by fungi etc. If you have been lately experiencing inflammation, soreness or redness around the head of your penis, it is about time you checked you blood sugar level, as balanitis is often one of the first signs of diabetes.
Having unprotected sex with a woman suffering from fungal infection of the vagina, causes balanitis in men.
Sexually transmitted diseases like genital herpes and gonorrhea are also responsible for balanitis.
Irritations caused by using the wrong soap, also causes the penis glans to swell. This is why cleaning the head of the penis with warm water, is a better alternative to cleaning with soap. Most adult men suffering from balanitis got it from latex condoms. Eczema and psoriasis also cause balanitis.
Common symptoms of Balanitis
Symptoms of balanitis, is a function of the severity of the condition. There are instances when a person suffering from balanitis will not experience any of the afore-mentioned symptoms. Below are common symptoms of balanitis
- Reddening of the penis head
- Irritating pain
- Swelling of the penis head
- Secretion of white substances
- Foul odor around the penis
- Pains during urination
- Itching of the foreskin
Home Remedies used in the treatment of inflamed glans or penis head
Balanitis can be easily cured. The very first thing to do before starting treatment is to identify the causes of the condition. Operation (circumcision) will be needed to remove the affected foreskin if balanitis is caused by phimosis.
If fungus infection is responsible, then treatment will involve applying fungal ointment when washing the affected area with warm water using a dry cloth.
When you are done urinating, you will have to dry the wet surface of the penis head before zipping up. When having sex, lubricated condom will be a better alternative to latex condom especially if you are allergic to latex.
For men suffering from STD diseases such as gonorrhea, taking prescribed antibiotics offers relieve from balanitis. Another treatment method is to apply yoghurt on the head of the penis. Get the foreskin pulled backwards before applying the yoghurt, as doing so ensures the yoghurt is properly applied.
You can also add a little salt to the water you intend taking your bath with.
Aloe vera gel and garlic paste can be effectively used in the treatment of balanitis.