A to Z: Balanitisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about conditions that affect the penis and foreskin.Balanitis, penis, glans, glans penis, circumcision, uncircumcised males, personal hygiene, smegma, sebaceous glands, foreskin, phimosis, balanoposthitis, condoms, fungal infection, bacterial infection, dysuria, prepuce, impotence10/11/201303/21/201909/02/201983999172-156d-4dc1-98c0-c4c6e1dd9dbchttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-balanitis.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>Balanitis (bal-uh-NIH-tus) is inflammation of the head of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/male-reproductive.html/">penis</a> (glans).</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The tip, or head, of the penis is called the glans. A number of conditions can cause the glans to become inflamed, including infections; certain diseases; injuries; and allergic reactions to medications, latex condoms, or harsh soaps.</p> <p>The most common cause of balanitis, however, is poor hygiene in uncircumcised boys and men. If the uncircumcised penis isn't cleaned properly, a substance called smegma can build up between the foreskin and the glans and cause irritation and swelling. Smegma is a cheesy substance secreted by sebaceous glands in the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/">skin</a> of the male and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/female-reproductive-system.html/">female reproductive organs</a>.</p> <p>Balanitis can cause itching, tenderness, impotence, or pain or difficulty with urination (peeing). In some cases, balanitis also can cause urinary tract infections (UTIs) or make it difficult to pull back the foreskin. This condition, known as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-phimosis.html/">phimosis</a>, is more likely if balanitis lasts for a long time or keeps coming back.</p> <p>Balanitis is usually treated with creams or medications designed to treat skin diseases and fungal infections. Balanitis caused by a bacterial infection may be treated with antibiotic medications.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Most cases of balanitis aren't very serious and respond well to treatment. If conservative treatments aren't effective in uncircumcised boys and men, circumcision will usually correct the problem. Balanitis often can be avoided with good personal hygiene and controlling other medical disorders that can increase the risk of inflammation.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: BalanoposthitisLearn more about this inflammation of the foreskin and head of the penis.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-balanoposthitis.html/5b0b9112-44d0-4a0f-aae3-cc244d8f863c
A to Z: PhimosisLearn about phimosis, a condition that affects the penis and foreskin in uncircumcised males.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-phimosis.html/d9dc7865-3848-4835-a309-4dc026839ef5
CircumcisionYou have an important decision to make before you take your newborn son home: whether to circumcise him. Before deciding, talk to your doctor and consider the issues.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/circumcision.html/783b9a71-d5e2-4a58-a813-b5b55e2d98c2
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Is My Penis Normal?Just about every guy wonders about the size of his penis at one time or another.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/penis.html/2fa01cb0-6d14-4483-9c20-bb32b31f1323
Male Reproductive SystemWhat makes up a guy's reproductive system and how does it develop? Find the answers to these questions and more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/male-repro.html/21b6e702-69bb-4148-bf8b-f0bff571173a
Urinary Tract InfectionsA urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common reasons that teens visit a doctor. Learn about the symptoms of UTIs, how they're treated, and more in this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/uti.html/a97f6174-4629-4696-b5bc-a461856cdd95
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in kids. They're easy to treat and usually clear up in a week or so.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/urinary.html/6a6f9f52-f903-4360-877f-dd35d531d84f