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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 4, 2022.



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.

Symptoms of balanoposthitis:

  • Redness, swelling, and pain
  • Sores or red patches on the foreskin and head of the penis
  • Bleeding from the penis
  • Foul smelling discharge
  • Thick, leathery skin

Seek help immediately 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.


may include a cream or a pill to treat a bacterial or fungal infection. Circumcision may be recommended if balanoposthitis continues to happen.

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.

Treatment options

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

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

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

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