Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Balanitis Treatment

Treatment for balanitis depends on the age of the patient, and the cause. Gentle retraction of the foreskin, soaking, and gentle cleansing will promote healing. Balanitis that is not caused by an infection may require treatment with corticosteroid cream. For infections, treatment may include antifungal ointment, antibacterial ointment, or oral antibiotics. With proper care and treatment, most cases of balanitis resolve within 2-4 weeks.

Treatment for balanitis may include:

  • Cleanse the penis several times a day:
    • Pull back the foreskin
    • Clean the end of the penis with soapy water.
    • Dry the penis.
  • Antifungal ointment
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Topical corticosteroid ointment
  • Oral antibiotics for balanitis

Balanitis Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of balanitis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Am I contagious?
    • For how long?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for penile infections?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?

Balanitis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat balanitis:

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Last Updated: May 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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