Posthitis is aninflammation of the foreskin. It is often associated with balanitis, inflammation of the glans and the simultaneous presence of two conditions is called balanoposthitis.
Many times you cannot trace the exact cause of the problem. The base can be an infection due to poor hygiene which leads to the accumulation beneath the foreskin of secretions where they can proliferate bacteria. Sometimes the infection is triggered by fungi, or is the problem associated with a venereal disease. Some forms of postite however, are not infectious. Even diabetes, for example, predisposes to balanoposthitis. Besides inflammation of the foreskin it may be associated with contact dermatitis, trauma or rubbing the penis against clothes that are too tight.
What kind of diseases can be associated with posthitis?
The following diseases may be associated with posthitis:
- Reactive arthritis
- Contact dermatitis
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Herpes simplex
- Lichen planus
- Lichen sclerosus
Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.
What is the therapy for postite?
The best remedy for postite is a proper hygiene of the foreskin. To this must be matched, if possible, a treatment specifically directed against the cause of the inflammation. The drugs that may be prescribed are: antifungals, antibiotics, antihistamines, acaricides (in case of scabies) and, in case you do not have to do with an infection, cortisone. Sometimes you just need a topical treatment, while in some cases it is necessary to take medication by mouth.
When a drug therapy is not effective, circumcision can be recommended.
When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of postite?
In case of postite you must contact your doctor to try to determine the cause of the problem and, therefore, the most appropriate remedy.