Balanitis is a common condition, which affects the penis. The term indicates inflammation of the head of the penis (glans penis). In many cases, the foreskin (the loose flap of skin that covers the head of the penis) is also affected. The doctor can diagnose the condition clinically (i.e. by seeing) and taking history.
History and examination: The doctor may ask questions such as:
Most cases of Balanitis can be diagnosed clinically (i.e. by seeing) by a doctor. If the end of penis looks red and inflamed, the doctor will mostly diagnose it as balanitis. The probable cause also can be diagnosed sometime by the look of the inflammation such as inflammation caused by candida often looks quite characteristic. Therefore, in many cases, the doctor can diagnose the cause and start treatment straight away without any tests.
Testing for balanitis (both in adults and children) is needed only if the symptoms are particularly severe, fail to respond to treatment or you have had repeated episodes of balanitis. In some cases, tests may be recommended if the doctor is not sure about the cause. Some tests that your doctor may suggest include:
Balanitis is a condition leading to swollen foreskin in the penis area.read more
Balanitis is an inflammation or swelling of the glans penis (head of the penis).read more