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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 4, 2022.

Balanoposthitis is an infection of the foreskin and the head of your penis. Balanoposthitis is common in uncircumcised men who do not practice good hygiene regularly. It can also happen in uncircumcised boys. Balanoposthitis may be caused by fungus, bacteria, or an STD. It may also be caused by an allergic reaction to latex, spermicides, and medicines such as antibiotics and steroids.


Return to the emergency department if:

  • You cannot get your foreskin to move back into place.
  • You have trouble urinating.

Call your doctor if:

  • Your symptoms get worse.
  • Your symptoms return after treatment is complete.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Medicines may be given to treat a bacterial or fungal infection. These medicines may come as a cream or a pill.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her 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.

Treatment options

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

Self Care:

  • Sit in a sitz bath 2 to 3 times a day to reduce swelling:
    • Fill the bathtub 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) with clean warm water.
    • Sit in the water for about 20 minutes each time.
  • Clean the area every day:
    • Pull back the foreskin before cleaning.
    • Use a cotton swab to clean between the foreskin and the glans.
    • Clean with water only. Do not use soap.
    • Dry the area well.
    • Replace foreskin.
  • Control your blood sugar levels if you are a diabetic. Follow your recommended diabetic management plan.

Follow up with your doctor within 2 days:

Write down your question so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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