Candida Balanitis: All You Need To Know!

by admin on May 21, 2012

Candida balanitis refers to inflammation or swelling of your penile head or glans caused by a fungus called candida. This medical condition mostly affects your penile foreskin and with time, it can spread down to your penile shaft, a condition known as balanoposthitis. Foreskin simply refers to lose covering your penile head especially if you have not undergone circumcision. When your foreskin is the only part that is infected, this condition is referred to as posthitis.

According to research, you can get infected with balanitis at any age starting; however, you are more likely to have it at a younger age or if you are uncircumcised or suffering from diabetes mellitus. Chorionic candida balanitis increases the risks of you contracting balanitis xerotica obliterans (a chronic dermatitis, preferably involving foreskin and glans), paraphimosis (foreskin retraction), cancer and phismosis (your foreskin being too tight).Candida Balanitis

Signs and symptoms
A symptom refers to something that is you can sense and describe while signs are visible changes. Signs and symptoms include: Inflammation, irritation, itchiness and soreness of your glans. Thick or lumpy discharge under your foreskin. An unpleasant smell. Painful urination. Phismosis

There are numerous factors that may make you contract balanitis including certain skin conditions, irritation of your penis and infection.

Skin conditions: various skin conditions that might lead to candida balanitis include: lichen planus, skin disorder being characterized by small, itchy, purple or pink spots on your legs or arms; eczema which is a chronic skin disorder in which your skin becomes cracked, dry, reddened and itchy; dermatitis which refers to skin inflammation resulting from allergic reaction; and lastly psoriasis which is believed to be hereditary.

Irritation of your penis: you penis can become irritated due to lack of proper rinsing of some detergents, use of certain shower gel, perfumed soaps, fabric conditioner and chemicals existing in lubricants, condoms and spermicides.

Infection: bacteria and fungus may lead to this medical condition especially if you fail to thoroughly dry your penile parts as it creates warm and moist conditions favorable for these microorganisms. Other infections include: diabetes as it leads to deposition of some glucose on your foreskin, phismosis, in which your foreskin n becomes very tight such that it becomes very difficult to retract it; thereby, encouraging accumulation of substances, old sweat and urine under it, and lastly having unprotected sexual intercourse with a woman suffering from vaginal thrust.

It is very easy to diagnose this disease as inflammation and redness of your glans is visible. In this case, the doctor may primarily advise you to practice good hygiene conditions or quite using potential irritants; however, if any of these fails to work, the doctor may perform some diagnostic tests. These tests include: a sample test in which a swab is obtained from your glans and then sent to the laboratory for further analysis, urine test especially if you are suspected to have diabetes, blood test to check your glucose levels and finally biopsy test.

Balanitis treatment involves use of certain medications such as: antifungal creams most especially clotrimazole in which you are required to apply it twice in a day until the symptoms settles, antibiotics such as erythromycin or flocoxacillin and steroidal creams for reducing swelling. The other treatment option for this condition is surgery, in which your foreskin is removed from your penile.

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