What is Penis inflammation?
When it comes to discussing genitals, men and women can become extremely withdrawn and secretive, which is very unfortunate.
There are so many different disorders that involve the genitals which are completely curable and can be easily taken care of once you know what the problem is.
One of the best examples of this is a condition known as Balantis, where the penis, for one reason or another becomes inflamed.
Many men who experience this are aware that something is wrong, but because this is not a condition that is commonly known (though it is common!) they often worry that there is something seriously wrong or that it is something that is shameful.
If you or someone you know is afflicted with this condition, you'll find that you can actually find a great deal of information on it online.
The first thing to be aware of is what this condition is and what symptoms you might be experiencing.
Balanitis is essentially an inflammation that centers on the head of the penis, the area that is known as the glans. If you have not been circumcised and the foreskin is present, it will often be infected as well. There is no right or wrong age to catch this; it can affect males of every age.
If you have balanitis, or penis inflammation, you'll find that you will notice redness, soreness and irritation that is localized on the tip of the penis.
You might find that there is only a small patch of red or inflamed skin, or you might find that the entire glans is swollen and painful. You may also see a thick discharge that comes from underneath the foreskin.
When the swelling and redness and pain goes down and your penis starts to heal then your penis may feel itchy. This is part of the natural healing process.
You may wonder what can cause this situation, or how you might have picked it up.
Typically, balanitis is the result of a infection. You'll find that a yeast infection can cause balanitis, and this is particularly more common if you also suffer from diabetes (where there is a great deal of sugar in urine) or if you have a condition known as phimosis, where the foreskin does not pull back over the glans.
In either case, the condition can irritate the natural bacteria that live on your skin, cause the redness and irritation that you see. Balanitis can also be sexually transmitted.
Genital herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia can all cause this condition, and it can also be exacerbated by the presence of urethritis, which is an inflammation of the urethra (this is the tube that sends urine and semen through the penis, and forms the opening at the end of the penis).
A new study done by researchers in Australia stated that having oral sex caused urethritis.
The research points out that bacteria that is normal in the mouth caused inflammation of the urethra. Which also can make inflammation of the penis worse.
This study can be found in the online edition of the Journal of Infection Diseases.
You'll also find that allergies or even the medication that you take for allergies can cause balanitis, as can irritation of the glans due to the debris under the foreskin, certain types of sexual lubricant and chemicals that have been transferred from the hands to the penis.
Treatment of the condition known as balanitis is dependent on the cause.
You'll find that taking probiotics will help to keep yeast infection in the body under control. Probiotics are friendly bacteria which help suppress the growth of harmful bacteria, this is just one of the many things that can help take care of a case of balanitis that is caused by a yeast infection.
If allergies or irritants have caused this condition, then get to the bottom of your allergies so that penis inflammation will not be a recurring problem in your life.
It might also be recommended, if balanitis is a recurring or painful condition due to the phimosis, circumcision might be recommended.
It is important to remember that balanitis or penis inflammation is a very common condition, and that it is quite curable.