Male Genitourinary Disorders: Balanitis


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Balanitis is an inflammation of the end of the penis (the glans). Often the foreskin is also inflamed at the same time as the glans. (The foreskin is the loose skin that covers the glans if you have not been circumcised.)

Balanitis is common and it can occur at any age. It more commonly affects boys aged under 4 years and also men who have not been circumcised. About one in 25 boys and about one in 30 uncircumcised men are affected with balanitis at some time in their lives. It is very uncommon in men who have been circumcised.

It’s not usually serious, but you should see your GP if you think you’ve got balanitis just to make sure it isn’t a sign of something more serious like a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

You can also get yourself checked out at a sexual health clinic.


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Source: NHS Choices / Patient