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What are the symptoms of balanitis?

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You might have redness, swelling, pain, itching, or discharge in the tip of your penis. Skin folds can trap dead cells, discharge, and oils. If you don’t wash regularly, this debris can build up and form smegma, which smells bad.

If it gets worse, it can start to hurt when you pee or cause problems with your sex life. You might not be able to get an erection.

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: “Plasma Cell Balanitis (Zoon's Balanitis),” “Buried penis in adults - Presentation, Surgical Techniques and Outcome.”

Medscape: “Balanitis.”

Johnsson, K., , 2013. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications

Lisboa, C. , 2009. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Balanitis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: “Plasma Cell Balanitis (Zoon's Balanitis),” “Buried penis in adults - Presentation, Surgical Techniques and Outcome.”

Medscape: “Balanitis.”

Johnsson, K., , 2013. Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications

Lisboa, C. , 2009. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Balanitis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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