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What should I know about balanitis?

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Balanitis is an infection that can make you uncomfortable in one of the most sensitive areas -- the end of your penis and the loose flap of skin that covers the tip. It can be treated, and it’s often easy to prevent with some TLC.

You can get balanitis at any age. If you're circumcised, you’re not likely to get it, but if you still have your foreskin, you need to take extra care of the head of your penis.

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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