Quick Answer: Is Balanitis A STD?

What does Balanitis look like?

Redness or red patches on the penis.

Itching under the foreskin.


Areas of shiny or white skin on the penis..

What happens if Balanitis is not treated?

Untreated balanitis can cause chronic (long-term) inflammation (redness and irritation). Lasting inflammation can cause health issues, including: Balanoposthitis: Balanitis can lead to balanoposthitis (inflammation of the foreskin and glans). This only occurs in uncircumcised males.

How long does Balanitis last untreated?

How long does it take to go away? Treatment for common yeast-caused balanitis is topical canesten 1% cream (clotrimazole, Lotrimin); recommended treatment time varies from about 2 weeks to 1 month. Lotrisone (combination of betamethasone and clotrimazole) has also been used.

How long does Balanitis last?

Most cases of balanitis respond to treatment within three to five days.

Will Vaseline help balanitis?

How is balanitis treated? The first step in treating non-specific balanitis is to clean and dry the glans penis after washing or going to the toilet. Applying soft white paraffin ointment (Vaseline® ointment) under the foreskin helps to heal genital skin. Try to avoid contact with irritants of the genital skin.

Can Balanitis be detected in urine?

Your provider may swab your urethral opening (the hole at the tip of the penis) and send the sample to a lab for testing. Your provider may also order a urine or blood test to check for diabetes and other infections.

What cream is best for balanitis?

Treatment depends on the cause. If your problem is caused by a yeast infection, you will be advised to use an antifungal cream. Clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex) is a very effective over-the-counter medication, which is also used for treating vaginal yeast infections and athlete’s foot.

What STD causes Balanitis?

Infection – sexually transmitted Various STIs can cause a urethritis and a balanitis – for example, genital herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhoea. Symptoms of urethritis include: Pain when you pass urine. A discharge that comes from the urethra.

Does Balanitis go away?

Balanitis treatment Most cases of balanitis are easily managed with a combination of creams or ointments, good hygiene and avoiding substances that irritate the penis. In rare cases of balanitis that keep coming back, circumcision (surgical removal of the foreskin) may be recommended.

Can Balanitis be passed to a woman?

Balanitis may be itchy or uncomfortable but often feels normal. Balanitis is not sexually transmitted. Men do not ‘catch’ balanitis from women with vaginal thrush, or vice versa. Balanitis results from excessive growth of organisms which are normally present on the skin of the glans.