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Question: Balanitis xerotica obliterans? Ok im really getting upset now because i had balanitis for about 3 weeks and then i got it again 3 weeks later. now the shaft of my penis is like white'ish and i dunno what this is i thought it might be something called Balanitis xerotica obliterans but my penis has remained normal nothing weird exept for this white'ish stuff its not all over the shaft my penis is normal colour at the opening and a little bit round there by the way i am 13 almost 14

Answer: ryu, I understand that you are nearly 14, I shall write details which may not apply to you, but which may be necessary. Chronic balanitis is when your symptoms last for several weeks, months or longer - the term chronic refers to time, not how serious the condition is. It can affect men of any age. Balanitis can also be acute (lasting only a few weeks) or recurrent (it keeps coming back). Balanitis may be caused by a skin irritant (such as latex condoms, lubricants, soaps or antiseptics) and can become chronic if you keep using the product that is irritating you. It is doubtful that you have/had Balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO), as it usually affects men aged 45 to 60. If left untreated there is a five percent chance that it will turn malignant. Zoon's balanitis is a rare skin condition of the glans and foreskin, also known as balanitis circumscripta plasmacellularis. It's a non-cancerous (benign) condition that affects men who haven't been circumcised. Its exact cause is unknown. Usually there are few symptoms and very little or no pain. You may see orange-red lesions and smaller redder spots on your glans and adjacent foreskin. Other causes may be chronic skin conditions which include - psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis, lichen planus, pemphigus. However, as you do not mention any of these they should likely not be considered. You should keep the head of your penis and foreskin as clean as possible, and not to use anything that might irritate the area, such as soap or latex condoms. Cleaning your penis twice a day with a weak saline solution (salt water) can be soothing and can relieve discomfort. To make a weak saline solution, mix a teaspoonful of salt into half a litre (500ml) of warm water. Alternatively, you could also try using an aqueous cream (eg E45 cream) to soothe and clean the area. If a skin irritant (eg soap or washing powder) is causing your balanitis, symptoms often go a couple of days after you stop using the product. But be careful - if you start using the product again symptoms can come back. Your GP will usually prescribe a mild steroid cream. This helps to reduce the inflammation around your glans. You will also receive treatment for any other underlying medical conditions causing your balanitis. Your GP may ask you to come back after a week or so to see how you are getting on with your treatment. If your symptoms aren't responding to treatment or they keep coming back despite treatment, you should tell your GP. He or she may give you a different medication or refer you to a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic or a urologist so your symptoms can be investigated further. GUM clinics specialise in identifying and treating sexual health conditions and conditions related to the urinary system (the system that produces urine). A urologist is a doctor who specialises in identifying and treating conditions of the urinary tract in men. Circumcision is sometimes used to treat balanitis, especially Zoon's balanitis and BXO. Circumcision is an operation to remove the foreskin from the penis. It's usually done as a day case under general anaesthesia - this means you will be asleep during the procedure. Good genital hygiene is essential in preventing balanitis. Try to keep the head of your penis and foreskin clean and dry. And, if you are prone to balanitis after sex, use a non-latex condom or make sure you wash and dry your penis shortly after having sex. ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED. It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms. The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Hope this helps Matador 89

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