There are several treatment options for balanitis. Depending on the severity of the condition, patients can opt for a topical cream or an oral antifungal medication. Topical creams are usually applied once or twice daily, but these should not be applied more than fourteen days in a row. However, applying the cream for an extended period of time may cause side effects. If the condition does not improve after a week of treatment, doctors may recommend oral antifungal medications.
In early stages, Zoon's disease and balanitus may be mistaken for other skin conditions. The skin lesions may resemble allergic contact dermatitis, psoriasis, lichen planus, or penile carcinoma. Skin biopsy is required to confirm the diagnosis. Other tests may be required to rule out the other conditions. In severe cases, the disease may develop into a small scar.
Smegma is an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands, which is white, thick, and opaque. Most people do not produce much smegma before puberty, but it becomes less frequent as a person ages. While smegma is not a serious medical problem, it can lead to painful urination. It can also lead to a difficulty achieving an erection and can be painful. Luckily, treatment options are relatively simple.
If you suffer from frequent urination, you may be at risk for developing balanitis. If you're uncircumcised, practice good hygiene by retracting your foreskin after bathing. Your healthcare provider can recommend a variety of ways to improve your hygiene, such as a shower cap, to help prevent recurring infections. You may also want to consider obtaining health insurance, which will help you cover medical bills.
Treatment for balanitis usually involves taking prescription medication and using antifungal creams. Symptoms usually improve within a week, although a specialist may suggest testing for other underlying diseases. Antibiotics and steroid creams are two common types of antifungal treatment for balanitis. In some cases, doctors prescribe oral medications to treat candida yeast infections. But there are also non-prescription oral solutions.
A doctor may recommend circumcision if your child is prone to recurrent balanitis. While topical ointments can provide temporary relief, only circumcision is considered a permanent solution. Uncircumcised males have an increased risk of developing penile inflammatory diseases. In severe cases, uncircumcised boys may develop glans scarring or a urethral stricture. This condition can also lead to painful retraction of the foreskin, resulting in a constricted penis and injuring the penile tissues.