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Balanitis

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Soreness, swelling and redness of the head of the penis is known as balanitis, which is a Greek word meaning ‘inflammation of the acorn’. Symptoms and treatment can vary depending on how severe the case is, but sufferers may experience irritation and soreness of the glans (the head of the penis), thick lumpy discharge under the foreskin and pain when passing urine. There are several ways in which this bacterial infection can develop, but the most common perpetrator is candida or yeast infection, which can be picked up during sex. Similarly, some sexually transmitted infections can also cause balanitis, such as genital herpes, chlamydia, and syphilis. As balanitis affects the penis (or the acorn, if you’d prefer), you can keep the offending item in your trousers and away from prying eyes. But the best way to prevent this condition is through good hygiene, which, for future reference, is also the best way to attract women.

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I'm 17 and the end of my foreskin has swelled through the night, the end of my foreskin, I'm not experiencing pain and I can see just fine what should I do?





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ther is a little inflammation in my penis also some whitish discharge (not sperm) around my penis skin when i remove foreskin .. why this occurs i notice last 2days only. am 25y. but i didnt have any irritation, at all.





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I'm 15 and for the past year I've been scared to talk to my parents, my doctor or anyone about my penis. About a year ago I discovered that my foreskin was starting to become tight, I then realised around the top of my foreskin started to turn a white colour! I have been able to pull my foreskin back with a lot of effort and time but once it's pulled back it releases a discharge and it burns! And now I have no chance off pulling it back! I'm still too scared to tell anyone about it! I don't want my parents or doctor too know??? What do I do??





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Hi i am 15 years old and i realised i have tight foreskin , but 2 days ago my penis started to hurt really bad when i touch it and its itchy and something yellow came out beneath the foreskin[smegma] should i go see a doctor im feeling kind of embarrassed





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my penis has a red on the top of the head and sometimes it bleed from the edge of the head. how can I stop this





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Mine is red and I dunno what to do

ive a tight foreskin basically about an 1/2 inch gap is all that is left also it is very itchy inside and very red around the top off foreskint and some cuts which has now gone white like scar tissue..... i thought it was thrush so used canestan and as i cannot clean inside i am using an ear bud to apply the cream inside i also feel like a burning sensation after i pee and begining to be impotent due to the tight foreskin can you help also it feels sore inside like a vain running up side off penis is swollen and sore any ideas i was thinking thrush or balantis





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My boyfriend tells me he's having discharge but has to force it out and that it itches and burns a little during urination what could this be ??





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Good day I have this redness under my foreskin it's like rash but it doesn't smell and it becomes itchy if i don't clean it up often, it comes and goes sometimes after i have used dettol or spirit, what could it be ?





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Hi im getting sharp pains in my penis in the shaft any ideas





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When I get erection mi penis bends and aches a bit. Was circumsized as a child. Started about three months ago. Don't have a regular sex life so no STD. Help





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This is quite common Francis. There is usually scarring that causes this to happen and most bends are natural features of the penis. If as you say, it is painful then pop in to see your doctor as they will be your best option to getting it sorted. You may need to go have a minor op but don't worry as all will be fine. They do hundreds of these regularly.


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