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I think I may have balanitis, what are the treatment options. It is the result of poor hygiene rather than contact with thrush. Symptoms inc. splochiness, irritation, small blisters, bad smell, smegma. Should I be thinking steroid creams or antibiotics?
Wed, 30 Dec 2015
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dear friend
wash and clean the area
apply antibiotic cream to start with mupirocin 2% is a good option
alternate it with a betamethasone + anti fungal ointment
keep a good hygene
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General & Family Physician Dr. Sujeet N Charugulla's  Response
You may aggravate the same if you self medicate with steroids before a clinical diagnosis would be made. Suggest not to assume a diagnosis. Balanitis closely resembles many a skin lesion and treatment dramatically changes. The antibiotic tyoe also would need to be determined on the extent of the lesions and the infective basis. Take a clinical consultation asap.
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