Balanitis is a disease that occurs on the top of the penis and happens to men who haven’t undergone circumcision of a penis. In this condition, inflammation of the glans penis occurs and even the foreskin and the shaft of the penis are infected. It can be acute and chronic.
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Symptoms of Balanitis:
- Appearance of scaly or ulcerated red rashes
- Pain, tenderness, and swelling can be seen
- It can also cause itching and discomfort
- Unpleasant smelling discharge or pus from underneath the foreskin
- Other symptoms that may occur are joint pain, sore mouth, swollen or painful glands
Acute balanitis occurs for a short period of time due to exposure to bacteria, yeast or fungus. Bacterial infections can create a bright red surface along with glistening drainage. Yeast infections result in the formation of white spots and discharge. Irritant-contact Balanitis is caused by contact with soap, antiseptics or detergents. Even infants may develop it due to diaper rash.
Chronic balanitis is a severe condition and occurs for a long period. Balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO) is an inflammatory skin disorder, which affects the foreskin, as well as penis glans. It's rare in children under the age of five.
Common symptoms of BXO are white scarring on the foreskin and even stiff pain may occur during urination. It may even result in a viral infection. If not treated for a long time in children, it may cause the urethra to narrow, making it difficult to pass urine. In adults, if it’s left untreated, there are 5% chances that it may become malignant.
Coconut oil treatment for Balanitis
Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid and caprylic acid - both are known for their antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties that make this oil very effective at preventing candida yeast. You need to apply coconut oil to the affected area three to four times each day. You may also take two to three teaspoons of coconut oil per day to see effective results.
Another good way is obviously to apply warm oil directly to the inflamed and sore area. For this method, you need to heat the oil over hot water and squirt it over the affected area with the help of a dropper. But you need to ensure that the coconut oil is warm, not hot!!
After regular application of coconut oil, you’ll soon see that the area is getting better and clear. You also need to wash the infected areas with saline water to kill off bacteria and germs. In conjunction with this, you need to follow these tips to treat it faster:
- Clean the infected areas with weak apple cider vinegar solution (dilute apple cider vinegar with water), if you think the infection is yeast or fungus related.
- Even bathing with warm water for longer duration is helpful in soothing the affected area.
- Epsom salts baths are also considered good to treat an infection.
- Besides that, you can use magnesium salts to draw out the infection and promote faster healing.
- You need to avoid using soap, bubble baths, oils or talcum powders that may cause irritation.
Prevention of balanitis:
- Thoroughly wash the area with water and do not retract the foreskin when it’s painful.
- Clean your hands before and after handing penis to avoid further infection.
- Trim your nails short to ensure they’re always clean to avoid infection. Long nails can cause trauma to the glans whilst fiddling.
- Avoid using short chemical soaps or cleansers. Only wash the area with natural soaps and plain water.