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What causes balanitis?

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If you don’t keep your penis clean, you raise your chances of getting balanitis. It can also happen if your diabetes isn’t under control, or as a side effect of certain type 2 diabetes drugs.

Bacteria can cause it. So can a type of arthritis called reactive arthritis or Reiter’s syndrome.

Some medications cause allergic reactions that lead to balanitis, too.

You’re more likely to get it if you're overweight or have a condition that makes your body retain water.

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 Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 22, 2019

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 Nazia Q Bandukwala on October 22, 2019

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