What is the cause of bursitis?

Balanitis is a "secret" disease that causes many men's difficult feelings in daily life. To prevent and treat balanitis, we need to understand the causes of balanitis. The following article of SignsSymptomsList will provide you with information.


Overview of the pathology of bursitis

Balanitis is a common disease and it can occur at any age. It usually affects boys under 4 years of age and also uncircumcised men. In middle-aged and older men, it is called Zoon's balanitis. About 1 in 25 boys and about 1 in 30 uncircumcised men are affected by balanitis at some point in their lives. Not being circumcised increases the risk of bursitis.

What is Balanitis?

Balanitis is an inflammation of the skin at the end of the penis (the glans). Often the foreskin is also inflamed at the same time as the glans. (The foreskin is the loose skin that covers the foreskin if you're not circumcised.)

What is the cause of bursitis?

Diseases of the foreskin - the "secret" heart of men

People at risk of bursitis

Balanitis mostly affects uncircumcised men. The area below the foreskin has a warm, moist environment that is ideal for yeast and bacteria to thrive. This can happen at any age and is more common in men with a tight foreskin (the foreskin has a hard time moving over the tip of the penis because it's tight).

Other groups of men at higher risk for balanitis include:

  • Have poor hygiene habits.
  • Middle-aged and older.
  • Have diabetes.
  • Being over-weighted.
  • Have a venereal disease (sexually transmitted disease).
  • Sensitivity to chemicals that cause skin irritation.

Causes of Balanitis

Causes of balanitis can be:

Candida infections and other infections

Candida albicans infection is the most common cause. Candida is the fungus that causes thrush.

Other infections include:

  • Bacteria: They can multiply rapidly in warm and humid conditions under the foreskin
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs): Examples include Herpes simplex, Chlamydia, and syphilis.

Venereal diseases

May include:

  • Lichen planus, a skin disease with small, itchy, pink or purple dots on the arms or legs.
  • Eczema, a chronic or long-term skin condition that can lead to itchy, red, cracked, and dry skin
  • Psoriasis, a dry, scaly skin disorder
  • Dermatitis, an inflammatory condition of the skin caused by direct contact with an irritant or an allergic reaction
  • In very rare cases, balanitis has been associated with skin cancer.

Allergy to chemicals

Irritation of the foreskin can be the cause of balanitis . Irritants include:

  • Chemicals used in condoms, lubricants and spermicides
  • Detergent or detergent and fabric conditioner that has not been rinsed off
  • Fragrant soap and shower gel

Daily washing and drying of the penis carefully so that no moisture remains under the foreskin reduces the risk. However, washing the genitals too much with soap can aggravate the condition.


Diabetes increases the risk of infection, especially if blood sugar is poorly controlled. If glucose is present in the urine, some of it may remain on the foreskin. Glucose helps bacteria multiply more quickly.

Narrow foreskin

Foreskin stenosis is when the foreskin is too tight and it is difficult or impossible to retract or retract over the glans. Sweat, urine, and other substances can accumulate under the foreskin, causing irritation and breeding grounds for germs. Foreskin stenosis is rare in adolescent and adult males.

Other causes of balanitis

Unsafe sex, poor hygiene, and urinary catheterization also increase the risk. A woman with a vaginal yeast infection can infect a man, increasing his risk of developing balanitis.

How to deal with inflammation of the foreskin

Self care

The following are recommended if you have balanitis, regardless of the cause of the balanitis:

  • Avoid soap when inflamed. You can use a moisturizer or ointment (emollient) to clean instead of soap.
  • Use lukewarm water to wash the penis, then pat dry gently.
  • Some people find that salt baths are very soothing while the treatment takes effect.

What is the cause of bursitis?

Hygiene of the genitals in men

Treating the cause of bursitis

Treatment depends on the cause of the balanitis . Your doctor will usually prescribe:

  • Anti-yeast cream or an anti-yeast pill. This is a common treatment if balanitis is caused by candida.
  • Antibiotics will stop the infection caused by germs (bacteria); including some sexually transmitted diseases.
  • A mild steroid cream to reduce inflammation is useful for balanitis caused by allergies or irritants. Sometimes steroid creams are used along with antifungal medications or antibiotics to reduce inflammation caused by an infection. (Note: if you have an infection of the end of the penis (foreskin) steroid creams should not be used alone. steroids can make the infection worse.)
  • It is not normal for children to have frequent episodes of balanitis. Your GP may require an additional consultant. If you are an adult with stenosis and have a condition where the foreskin is not retracted (retractable) above the foreskin, you may have the option of circumcision to remove the foreskin.

Together we have learned about the causes of balanitis and ways to overcome it. If you have any questions, please contact the specialist doctors for a thorough answer. Share now if you find this information useful!