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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is balanitis?

Balanitis is inflammation and possible infection of the glans (head) of the penis.

What causes balanitis?

What are the signs and symptoms of balanitis?

How is balanitis diagnosed and treated?

Your healthcare provider will examine your penis. He or she may be able to diagnose balanitis by the exam. The provider may swab the area and check it under a microscope to find out the cause.

How can I manage my symptoms?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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