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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is balanoposthitis?

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.

What are the symptoms of balanoposthitis?

How is balanoposthitis diagnosed and treated?

Your healthcare provider will examine your penis. He or she may be able to diagnose balanoposthitis by the exam. The provider may swab the area and check it under a microscope to find out the cause. He or she will instruct you how to clean your penis. Your provider may give you antibiotic or antifungal cream to put on the area after cleaning. You may also need to take oral antibiotic or antifungal medicines. These medicines help treat a bacterial or fungal infection. If you are diabetic, he or she will check to see if your blood sugar levels are under control. Uncircumcised men with diabetes out of control are at more risk for balanoposthitis. Your provider may also recommend circumcision.

How can I manage and prevent balanoposthitis?

Treatment options

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When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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