Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Infected Head of the Penis Home Care

Home care for balanitis includes:

  • Clean the penis with warm, soapy water several times a day.
  • Anti-bacterial ointment:
    • Apply it to the penis several times a day.
    • Bacitracin can be obtained at most pharmacies without a prescription
    • Do not use Neosporin, may cause allergic skin rash.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed.
  • Avoid intercourse until symptoms are gone.

Infected Head of the Penis Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have balanitis and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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