Balanitis (balanoposthitis) is swelling of the head of the penis. The foreskin (the loose flap of skin that covers the head of the penis) is also often affected.
It is a condition affecting both boys and men, although it happens more often in men who have not been circumcised.
Infection: Infection with the yeast candida albicans (thrush) can result in an itchy, spotty rash. Certain sexually transmitted diseases — including gonorrhea, herpes and syphilis — can produce symptoms of balanitis.
Symptoms of balanitis include swelling, redness and soreness of the end of the penis. There might also be a thick discharge under the foreskin.
Balanitis can occur at any age, but is more likely to affect boys under four years of age, as well as adult males who have not been circumcised. It is a common condition, affecting approximately 1 in every 25 boys and 1 in 30 uncircumcised males (at some time in their life). Balanitis is rare among circumcised adult males.
What are the signs and symptoms of balanitis?
A symptom is something the patient senses and describes, while a sign is something other people, such as the doctor notice. For example, drowsiness may be a symptom while dilated pupils may be a sign. Signs and symptoms of balanitis may include:
- The area around the glans (head of the penis) is red
- Inflammation of the glans
- Soreness of the glans
- Irritation of the glans
- Under the foreskin there may be a lumpy, thick discharge
- Itchiness around the glans area
- An unpleasant smell
- Phimosis – the foreskin is tight and does not retract (can’t pull it back)
- Painful urination
- The soreness, irritation and discharge under the foreskin typically occurs two to three days after sexual intercourse
Coconut oil for Balanitis treatment
Coconut oil for Balanitis and other penile infections: Coconut oil is high in lauric acid and caprylic acid which makes it anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal – very effective at killing off candida yeast. Apply coconut oil to the affected area 3-4 times each day. This treatment is most effective if you are also taking the oil internally – 2-3 teaspoons per day. I found an easily way to apply it topically without having to rub it into the inflamed and sore area is to heat it in a glass bowl over hot water, draw it up into a dropper and squirt it over and into (under the foreskin, if possible) the penis. Make sure the coconut oil is warm (room or body temperature), not hot!! This treatment immediately soothed my sons infection.