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Can balanitis cause burning sensation outside the penile shaft?

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Posted on Fri, 18 Jan 2019
Question: Burning sensation on the outter penis area.... no burning while urinating no discharge
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:

Diagnosis: Balanitis

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Burning sensation on outer penis is suggestive of balanitis (inflammation of head of penis). Balanitis can be due to bacterial , fungal infection or allergic reaction.

Swab microscopy from glans penis can confirm the diagnosis. Treatment depend on the cause.

Balanitis is more common in diabetics. If balanitis is confirmed, I recommend getting tested for diabetes too.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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Is it contagious, can I spread it thru sexual intercource
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (49 minutes later)
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Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Whether balanitis will be sexually transmitted depends on the cause. Fungal or bacterial infections causing balanitis may sometimes get transmitted to the sexual partner.

The incidence of such transmission causing disease in the partner is very rare. Even though rare, it is always safe to use condoms until you get treated for balanitis.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Lekshmi Rita Venugopal, General & Family Physician
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Can balanitis cause burning sensation outside the penile shaft?

Brief Answer: Diagnosis: Balanitis Detailed Answer: Hello, Burning sensation on outer penis is suggestive of balanitis (inflammation of head of penis). Balanitis can be due to bacterial , fungal infection or allergic reaction. Swab microscopy from glans penis can confirm the diagnosis. Treatment depend on the cause. Balanitis is more common in diabetics. If balanitis is confirmed, I recommend getting tested for diabetes too. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.