Balanitis occurs when the glans (the rounded head of the penis) becomes inflamed. If only the foreskin is inflamed, it is called Posthitis. When both are inflamed, it is Balanoposthitis. Balanitis normally affects boys under 4, uncircumcised men and diabetics and may affect 5% of males. Getting the correct diagnosis is important because some symptoms are the same as symptoms of thrush or some STIs (sexually transmitted infections). Poor hygiene is the most common cause, allowing bacteria to grow under the foreskin. Much less frequently, the cause is antibiotics, painkillers, laxatives or sleeping pills. Symptoms are swelling, pain or itchiness. Treatment is usually a medicated anti-itch cream and/or antibiotics. Less frequently, a medicated steroid cream is prescribed. Painful, uncomfortable and possibly permanent complications can develop if Balanitis is allowed to go untreated. Good hygiene is the best preventative.
Home Treatment for Balantis
Apply antifungal cream, tea tree oil, virgin coconut oil or garlic crushed to a paste.
Drink at least 3 cups daily of calendula tea.
Wash area with lavender oil soap. Then apply mix of: 3 drops Thyme linalol essential oil and 2 tsp. Jojoba oil. Continue washing and oil treatment for a few days.
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