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The treatment depends on the cause. This is where consultation with one an expert is recommended.
Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. These will be prescribed.
Thrush or Candida (the most common cause) is treated with an antifungal cream that may/may not be combined with a cortisone-based cream. The treatment decision often depends on the severity of your condition. In severe cases of balano(posthitis) we may prescribe a medication to be taken by mouth - let an expert treat you appropriately.
Allergy/dermatitis (chemical) is simply treated by the avoidance of those products that caused the allergy or inflammation. The culprit may take time to identify by the use or avoidance of products in your environment. In moderate to severe cases, a mild steroid or cortisone cream may be prescribed.
On rare occasions the penis may swell so that urine cannot be passed. This is a case where you should see a doctor as soon as possible. You may need referral to a hospital for care.
Similarly, recurrent balanitis that is not responding to prescribed treatment should probably be seen by a specialist. This may include a consultation with a dermatologist or at times an evaluation by a urologist so as to evaluate the need for circumcision or removal of the foreskin.
Balanitis is not sexually transmitted, but sexually transmitted diseases may be mistaken for balanitis and so if there is any doubt see your doctor.
Part of the treatment for balanitis involves cleaning the penis correctly...