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    Treatment depends on the cause of the balanitis. For example, infectious balanitis may be treated with antibiotic pills or creams. Balanitis occurring with skin diseases may respond to steroid creams. In severe cases, circumcision may be the best option.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Most cases of balanitis can be controlled with medicated creams and good hygiene. Surgery is not usually necessary. Outcomes are nearly always positive.


    Chronic inflammation or infection can:

    • Scar and narrow the opening of the penis (meatal stricture)
    • Make it difficult and painful to retract the foreskin to expose the tip of the penis (a condition called phimosis)
    • Make it difficult to reposition the foreskin over the head of the penis (a condition called paraphimosis); swelling can affect the blood supply to the tip of the penis

    Calling your health care provider

    Notify your health care provider if you are experiencing any signs of balanitis including swelling of the foreskin or pain.