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Most cases of Balanitis will be diagnosed based on the physical examination that will be performed in the clinic. Remember, it is important to exclude other causes of serious or transmissible skin diseases. When balanitis is the cause, the diagnosis is often quick and reassuring. At times, in an attempt to confirm the diagnosis your physician may swab a sample from the surface (not inside the urethra) of the glans of your penis and visualize the specimen under the microscope for the presence of yeast and or bacteria. This is a short and simple procedure...no pain involved! On rare occasions when your balanitis is recurrent, and before more drastic measures are contemplated, your physician may send a swab to be grown in the laboratory in an effort to identify resistant bugs (this may help to choose the appropriate successful therapy when standard treatments fail).