Balanitis / Balanoposthitis / Infected Head of Penis
Before delving into homeopathic treatment let us first discuss the conventional or allopathic treatment available.
In conventional or allopathic treatment antibiotic ointments and / or steroid ointments are prescribed to treat balanitis. Oral antibiotics are also recommended. Pain medications are used to alleviate pain and tenderness.
Local applications can result in itching, irritation and pain in the organ.
Contrary to the conventional medicine, the action of homeopathy is much safer, deeper acting, and results much longer lasting by energizing the body’s curative powers.
Homeopathic remedies boost up the immune system by escalating the number of specialized white blood cells called T-lymphocytes that are vital in the body’s defense against certain bacteria, fungi, viruses and cure balanitis.
In severe cases where phimosis results surgery may also be required.
In contrast homeopathy prevents further recurrences, complications and saves you from a surgeon’s knife.
A study carried out at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital, UK, has revealed that more than 70% of patients with chronic diseases said homeopathy helped them feel better. The 6-year study involved over 6,500 patients.
There are 65 homeopathy medicines which give great relief in balanitis / balanoposthitis / infected head of penis. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the doctor. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus, remedies are tailor made unlike allopathy in which all patients receive the same surgery or drugs although trade name may be different.
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What is balanitis / balanoposthitis / infected head of penis
Balanitis is an inflammation of the head (the glans) and foreskin of the penis.
It generally affects uncircumcised males. These are men who have a foreskin, which is the ‘hood’ of soft skin that partially covers the head of the penis.
In balanitis, the head and foreskin become red and inflamed. In circumcised men, who lack a foreskin, these symptoms only affect the tip of the penis.
The inflammation can be due to infection, harsh soaps, or failure to properly rinse soap off while bathing.
Several other diseases, including reactive arthritis and lichen sclerosis atrophicus can lead to balanitis.
Men with uncontrolled diabetes are at risk of developing it.
- Poor hygiene under the foreskin
- Irritation from condoms, spermicides or clothing
- STDs (sexual transmitted diseases)
- Yeast infection
- Bacterial infection
- Candida albicans
- Trichomonas vaginalis
- Chlamydia trachomatis
- Neisseria gonorrhoeae
- Treponema pallidum (syphilis)
- Herpes Simplex Virus
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Streptococcus species
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Redness of foreskin or penis
- Other rashes on the head of the penis
- Foul smelling discharge
- Painful penis and foreskin
Balanitis is usually diagnosed based on a brief physical examination. The doctor may take a sample of the discharge (if any) to determine the nature of the possible infection. A urine test may be recommended to evaluate glucose (sugar) levels in the urine.
Recurrent bouts of balanitis may cause scarring of the preputial orifice; the reduced elasticity may lead to pathologic phimosis.
Good hygiene can prevent most cases of balanitis. During bathing, the foreskin should be retracted to adequately clean and dry the area beneath it.