Balanitis is an inflammation of the mucosa that lines the glans (head of the penis). The problem can even extend to the foreskin, which is the skin over the region. In this case, it is a balanoposthitis. The main symptoms are itching, burning or even pain, in addition to a reddish appearance, which may have secretions.
In this post, we will learn more about the condition. Read on!
When does balanitis occur?
The disease is directly related to the hygiene conditions of the penis. This is because of the lack of an adequate cleaning routine promotes the formation of a secretion, composed of dead cells that accumulate in the place. However, there are some factors that can increase a man’s chances of developing the problem.
Individuals who have not been circumcised, for example, are more susceptible to balanitis. The reason is that the skin that covers the glans ends up making hygiene more difficult. Thus, there is a perfect environment to trigger the inflammatory process, since the area becomes warmer, moist and with residues.
On the other hand, people with type 2 diabetes are also more likely to have the disease. In addition, age is a risk factor, since the incidence is higher in men over 40 years. Obesity and previous diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases are other points of attention, as well as unprotected active sex life.
The use of substances that irritate the glans or allergies due to various products can also trigger inflammation. Therefore, when the first signs appear, the person should see a doctor. The condition may worsen further due to occasional urinary infections.
What are the diagnosis and treatment indicated?
In the clinic, the best sexologist in Delhi will do the clinical test to diagnose the disease through the appearance of the lesions. It will probably be necessary to perform laboratory tests to identify the causative agent of the infection and to be able to direct treatment.
It is worth remembering that inflammation may or may not be associated with an infection and, therefore, this will define which medication is appropriate for the case. The clinical protocol will be indicated to the patient’s partner in order to avoid recurrence.
As the proper hygiene of the region is the main form of prevention, surgery to remove excess skin may be recommended in cases where the narrowing of the foreskin prevents the exposure and correct cleaning of the glans.
As suggested, the best form of prevention is in how a man cleans his sexual organ. Other even more serious problems, like penile cancer, are related to lack of cleanliness.
For correct hygiene, the individual must retract the skin (foreskin) and wash the glans region, ensuring that no residue or secretion remains.
In addition, it is recommended to dry the penis after urinating and to wash it correctly after the sexual act, as well as to consult the specialist in case of suspected abnormalities. These and other cares help the man to maintain health and to avoid balanitis.
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