Balantis is the inflammation of the foreskin and head of the penis and is not a sexually transmitted disease/infection. This is most common in uncircumcised men and can occur at any age. There are multiple causes of balantis including skin disorders, recent infections of the penis, poor hygiene/cleaning of foreskin, uncontrolled diabetes and rarely the use of harsh soaps to the area. This can be very uncomfortable and can cause pain when wearing tight or compressed clothing.
Balantis Signs & Symptoms
Symptoms include pain and redness on the end of the penis or under the foreskin. There may also be a foul smelling discharge present under the foreskin.
Diagnosis is confirmed by your primary care physician or urologist and consists of a physical examination and sometimes a culture of the discharge if present to confirm if an infection.
Treatment often includes prescription of antibiotics, application of antifungal creams and improved personal hygiene. In rare or extreme cases a circumcision is required for full treatment.