Balanitis

In the conventional treatment antibiotic, ointments, steroid are prescribed to treat balanitis systemic (oral) antibiotics are recommended. Pain medications are used to alleviate pain and tenderness.

In the conventional treatment systemic drugs are prescribed according to the causative agent. Local applications are widely used which can result in itching, irritation and pain in the organ.

Contrary to the conventional medicine, the action of homoeopathy is much safer, deeper acting, and results much long lasting by energizing the body’s curative powers and are not dependant on the causative organism.

Homoeopathic remedies act as strong anti-inflammatory medicines which boost up the immune system of the body by escalating the number of specialized white blood cells called T-lymphocytes that are vital in the body’s defence against certain bacteria, fungi, viruses and cure balanitis completely.

In severe cases where phimosis results surgery is may also be required.

In contrast homoeopathy medicines have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect which treat the infection from the root, prevent further recurrences, prevent complications and saves you from a surgeon’s knife.

A study carried out at Bristol Homoeopathic Hospital, UK, has revealed that more than 70% of patients with chronic diseases said homoeopathy helped them feel better. The 6-year study involved over 6,500 patients.

There are 65 homoeopathy medicines which give great relief in balanitis / balanoposthitis / infected head of penis. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the doctor. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus remedies are tailor made unlike conventional treatment in which all patients receive the same surgery or drugs although trade name may be different.

What is Balanitis

Balanitis is an inflammation of the head (the glans) and foreskin of the penis.

It generally affects uncircumcised males. These are men who have a foreskin, which is the “hood” of soft skin that partially covers the head of the penis. In balanitis, the head and foreskin become red and inflamed. In circumcised men, who lack a foreskin, these symptoms only affect the tip of the penis.

The inflammation can be due to infection, harsh soaps, or failure to properly rinse soap off while bathing.

Several other diseases, including reactive arthritis and lichen sclerosis atrophicus, can lead to balanitis.

Men with uncontrolled diabetes are at risk of developing it.

Causes

  • Poor hygiene under the foreskin
  • Irritation from condoms, spermicidal or clothing
  • STDs (sexual transmitted diseases)
  • Yeast infection
  • Bacterial infection

Common Pathogens

  • Candida albicans
  • Trichomonas vaginalis
  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Treponema pallidum (syphilis)
  • Herpes Simplex Virus
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Streptococcus species
  • Staphylococcus aureus

Symptoms

  • Redness of foreskin or penis
  • Other rashes on the head of the penis
  • Foul smelling discharge
  • Painful penis and foreskin

Diagnosis

Balanitis is usually diagnosed based on a brief physical examination. The doctor may take a sample of the discharge (if any) to determine the nature of the possible infection. A urine test may be recommended to evaluate glucose (sugar) levels in the urine.

Complications

Recurrent bouts of balanitis may cause scarring of the preputial orifice; the reduced elasticity may lead to pathologic phimosis.

Prevention

Good hygiene can prevent most cases of balanitis. During bathing, the foreskin should be retracted to adequately clean and dry the area beneath it.