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Balanitis can be broken down into several different causes; bacterial infection, fungal infection (thrush), chemical irritation (allergic dermatitis) or eczema/psoriasis. Fungal infections are by far the most frequent, followed by chemical irritations.
Fungal infections are most commonly due to the presence of Candida Albicans - Candidiasis (kandidi´esis) - a normal skin habitant that grows out of control and causes your symptoms. Poor hygiene or poor cleaning under the foreskin of the uncircumcised male can cause or exacerbate the problem. However, excessive cleaning with soaps under the foreskin can have the same effect. This will be discussed in greater detail further on. Read on...