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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Balanitis is inflammation of the glans (head) of the penis. It is usually caused by bacteria or a fungus.
- Medicines help fight or prevent an infection caused by bacteria or a fungus. This medicine may be given as a pill or a cream.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Clean your penis carefully:
Gently push back the foreskin 2 to 3 times a day and wash the infected area well with soap and water. If you have a catheter, ask how to keep it clean.
Take a sitz bath:
Fill a bathtub with 4 to 6 inches of warm water. You may also use a sitz bath pan that fits over a toilet. Sit in the sitz bath for 20 minutes. Do this 2 to 3 times a day, or as directed. The warm water can help decrease pain and swelling.
Maintain a healthy weight:
Ask your healthcare provider how much you should weigh. Ask him to help you create a weight loss plan if you are overweight.
Follow up with your healthcare provider in 1 to 2 weeks:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever.
- You have pain when you urinate.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You are not able to urinate.
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