What is balanitis?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Balanitis is not a serious condition. However, as some of the symptoms are the same as some sexually transmitted infections, it is important to visit your GP or sexual health clinic to confirm the diagnosis. "

Dr Louisa Draper

Balanitis is an inflammation of the head of the penis. If both the head of the penis and the foreskin are inflamed, this is called balanoposthitis.

Balanitis can occur at any age. However, you are more at risk if you:

  • Are uncircumcised
  • Have been using antibiotics for a long period of time
  • Have diabetes
  • Are overweight
  • Have a condition, or are taking medication, that affects your immune system
  • Have poor personal hygiene