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:
Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. Using any information of this website is at the viewers’ risk. Please be informed that we are not responsible for advice/tips given by any third party in form of comments on article pages . If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider.