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Balanitis (Adults)


Balanitis is a skin irritation on the head of the penis

Conservative or medical treatment e.g. good hygiene and use of creams or ointments should be tried.


Advise the patient to

  • Clean the penis daily with lukewarm water and gently dry;
  • Avoid use of soap, bubble bath, shampoo or any other potential irritant.
  • Consider use of a soap substitute like an emollient, available from pharmacies.

Medical treatment

  • Steroid cream or ointment for a simple skin irritation
  • Antifungal cream or tablets for a yeast infection
  • Antibiotics for a bacterial infection


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