Natural Remedies for Balanitis

| Modified on Apr 06, 2024

Balanitis occurs when the glans (the rounded head of the penis) become 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 Balanitis

Apply an antifungal cream, tea tree oil, virgin coconut oil or garlic crushed to a paste.

Drink at least 3 cups daily of calendula tea.

Wash the area with lavender oil soap. Then apply a mix of 3 drops of Thyme linalol essential oil and 2 tsp. Jojoba oil. Continue washing and oil treatment for a few days.

Apple Cider Vinegar Baths

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Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 02/20/2022

Apple Cider Vinegar Bath for Balantis Fungal/Bacterial infection of the skin. Add 2 cups of organic apple cider vinegar w/mother to the bathtub, take a 20-30 minute warm or hot bath. Pat dry when exiting tub. Do NOT shower or rinse off for 8 hours. Do this bath for 10 days.

Also mix Tea tree oil and Coconut oil 1:1 ratio and use this as a topical rub to your man junk. Do this every day til symptoms clear.

Replied by Stephanie
(Washington State)

Thank you for your post! My son just finished a round of antibiotics and has little white spots on his penis. They aren't bothering him (no itching or burning), but a bath last night didn't clear it up all the way. I put AVC with the mother in tonight's bath. I had a feeling ACV would be a good bath ingredient for this, and seeing your post has helped put me at ease that this will help.

Boric Acid

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Posted by Ohio Man (Columbus Ohio) on 04/25/2023

Hi, and I hope this post can help a lot of men with Balanitis.

I have used a lot of different ointments, pills, ( fungal creams, apple cider vinegar, oregano oil, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, coconut oil etc. the only thing that really killed the infection was Boric Acid…, You can wet the head of your best friend, then wet your finger, put finger in the Boric Acid container and spread it all around the head with a very thin layer, you might have to do it twice to cover the surface of it. Do it 3 times a day for a week then 2 times for another week, and finally once a week. You ll notice your skin returning to the original color and texture after a few days. Trust me it will do the trick… I struggled for 5 months with it.

Replied by Tom

Hello, did you use Boric Acid powder or another boric acid product? Thanks


Hello. Did you ever manage to find a suitable boric acid powder? Thanks for any info. Very keen to find some.