Is circumcision a solution for recurrent balanitis?

Balanitis is swelling of the foreskin of the glans, or the head, of the penis. It is mainly caused by an infection or other irritation to the head of the penis. It is fairly common, can be quite painful, and is more common in uncircumcised males than in circumcised males.

Balanitis can occur due to either a yeast or other infection, as well as from bacteria or sexually transmitted diseases. The main cause of balanitis is often related to hygiene.  Penile hygiene is more of a problem in uncircumcised men than in circumcised men, as it can sometimes be difficult to adequately clean an uncircumcised penis. The foreskin, if present, can provide a wet and warm environment for bacteria and fungi to grow.

Symptoms of balanitis

Some of the symptoms you may experience with balanitis are tight, shiny glans; redness around the glans; an unpleasant smell; a thick, lumpy discharge; a tight foreskin that cannot be pulled back; painful urination; swollen glands around or near the penis; inflammation, soreness or itchiness around the glans; or sores on the glans.

Some of the symptoms of balanitis may be similar to those of thrush, which is a common yeast infection occurring in men as well as women.

Treatment options for balanitis

The treatment options for balanitis include using topical creams or anti-biotic medication. Also, you may be given hygiene advise to wash using warm water under the foreskin daily and dry gently.  While treatments via creams as well as improved hygiene work well for some patients, some patients may continue to experience balanitis with complications as well as recurrent balanitis.

These complications can include scarring at the opening of the penis; inadequate blood flow to the penis; as well as painful retraction of the foreskin. It is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible if you are experiencing any of these complications or if you are experiencing recurrent balanitis.

Circumcision surgery as a possible solution for recurrent balanitis accompanied by tight foreskin

Although other topical and anti-biotic treatments are available and work for a large number of patients, studies have shown that a certain and definitive treatment and solution for recurrent balanitis accompanied by tight foreskin issues can be circumcision, since removing the foreskin prevents accumulation of any residual matter or urine that can cause balanitis in the first place.

In circumstances where it is suitable to the patient, circumcision may be recommended as a long-term solution to cure you of balanitis, meaning you can have this problem of balanitis fixed without having to visit the doctor again for the same problem.

If you have tried creams and other forms of treatment, and still experience recurrent balanitis, and are considering circumcision surgery as the definitive solution, it is best to have your surgery with an experienced doctor at a reputable hospital to ensure you are getting the best advice as well as after care after your surgery.

American Hospital Bangalore is a leader in optimal care, safety, as well as results for balanitis treatment and cure via circumcision surgery in Bangalore India. The doctors working here have decades of International medical experience and pride themselves on giving you the best service, from your initial consultation right through to your circumcision aftercare and recovery.