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Inflamed Foreskin: Treatment, Causes and Recommendations

Inflamed Foreskin: Treatment, Causes and Recommendations

The swollen or inflamed foreskin is called postitis, although in many cases it may be called balanoposthitis, which is the inflammation of the foreskin that occurs as a result of balanitis (swelling of the penile glans). The difference between balanitis and balanoposthitis is that the first is inflammation only in the head of the penis, while balanoposthitis already encompasses the foreskin, the skin that covers the glans.



Main causes of inflamed foreskin:

  • Allergies
  • STDs: herpes, gonorrhea and syphilis
  • Phimosis and paraphimosis
  • Fungi: male candidiasis
  • Hygiene habits
  • Friction irritation
  • Antibiotic reaction
  • Allergy swollen foreskin
Inflamed foreskin
Inflamed foreskin

The penis swollen by allergy or the foreskin, can be thus by different allergic agents. It is common for inflammation to be accompanied by symptoms such as redness, burning, itching, and rashes or pimples. The fabric of clothing, hygiene products, latex condoms or anything that comes in contact with the penis may be responsible for this reaction.



Ideally, a doctor should be consulted to ensure that the cause of the inflammation in the foreskin is actually an allergy and then to discover the causative agent. In any case, it is important to consider all substances and materials that may have come in contact with the penis and to stop using them immediately.



The treatment for allergy-prone foreskin may be done with antiallergics, dermatitis creams or simply with the suspension of the causative agent. But it must be prescribed. To relieve the symptoms of irritation, it is recommended to apply cold compresses on the area and to clean with water and neutral soap.



Prepuce inflamed by STIs:

Sexually transmitted diseases may also be related to swollen penile skin:


In addition to inflammation, pains, red patches, blisters and even penile ulcers may appear. Here are the symptoms of genital herpes. Although herpes does not have a definitive cure, it can and should be treated to end the discomforts and possibilities that develops for cancer. Genital herpes is highly contagious and needs to be evaluated by a doctor. In treatment for genital herpes, doctors usually prescribe antivirals to shorten the duration of the viral outbreak and other remedies for pain and other symptoms.




Gonorrhea should also not be ruled out in cases of inflamed foreskin. In addition to pain and inflammation in the penis and testicles, it exhibits symptoms of secretions and burning when urinating – signs usually appear after 2 to 14 days of infection. The treatment for gonorrhea is made with antibiotics prescribed by a doctor and hygiene care should be doubled.




Syphilis must be diagnosed by a doctor since its symptoms can be silent for a long time. When they manifest, ulcers, inflammation in the foreskin and lymph nodes, body eruptions, and others may appear. These conditions need to be diagnosed as soon as possible to prevent the disease from evolving into the tertiary stage when it can no longer be treated and can lead to death.



Fimosis inflamed or paraphimosis:

The swollen foreskin can also cause or be a consequence of phimosis, a common condition that is when the skin of the penis does not retract properly, causing pain and discomfort. Already the paraphimosis is when the foreskin can not ‘return’ to cover the glans.



Both conditions should be evaluated by a urologist to avoid infections and other unfolding. In many cases the problem is solved with a small surgical intervention.



Candidiasis (fungi on the penis) and inflamed foreskin:

Male candidiasis can also be the cause of inflammation in the foreskin or balanoposthitis and occurs from excess of candida in the intimate parts. Contagion does not necessarily happen through intimate contact, it may also appear due to low immunity, lack of hygiene or use of antibiotics. The treatment should be recommended by the doctor, and besides specific medicines, it requires good nutrition, hydration, avoiding very fair clothes, among other habits.



Frizzy irritated foreskin:

The friction in the intima parts can also cause inflammation in the foreskin, since this is a very sensitive part. Excessive masturbation, intense sexual activity (with little lubrication), and other activities involving friction can hurt in this way. To relieve irritation it is recommended to discontinue the activity that caused this and others involving friction for at least 3 days or until symptoms improve.



In case of much pain or burning, make cold compresses without placing the ice directly in contact with the skin. To avoid that the problem of swollen foreskin after intercourse is repeated again, always apply in lubrication.

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