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What can happen if I don't treat balanitis?

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It you don't get it treated, you might have complications such as:

If it gets worse, there’s a chance you might need to be circumcised to treat it.

  • Narrowing of the opening through which urine leaves the body. This is called urethral strictures.
  • Urinary retention
  • A backflow of urine toward the kidneys known as vesicoureteral reflux

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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