What are the complications associated with balanitis?
If left untreated, balanitis can cause chronic inflammation and lead to complications, like:
- Lichen sclerosus: Also known as balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO), lichen sclerosus arises when white, hard patches develop on the skin. It can interfere with the flow of urine and semen through the urethra.
- Scar tissue: Prolonged balanitis can lead to scarring around the glans and make the foreskin extremely tight to retract over the glans.
- Ulcerative lesions: Balanitis can lead to painful sores and blisters that ulcerate and bleed and ultimately cause scarring. Open sores raise the risk of introducing other viruses and bacteria into the body.
- Increased risk of cancer: Chronic inflammation increases the risk of several types of cancer.
Postoperative Care After Balanitis Surgery
Postoperative care is essential after circumcision surgery for balanitis. After the surgery, the urologist will give you tips on preventing complications after surgery. Listed below are some post-surgery care tips that you must follow for better recovery:
- You might experience pain after circumcision. However, it should not be a huge cause for concern. Your urologist will prescribe medicines for pain management. Make sure you take all the medicines as recommended by the doctor.
- Only wear loose-fitting clothes after your balanitis surgery. Doing this will reduce the risk of pain and swelling in the operated area. In addition, wear supportive underwear that would keep the penis protected.
- Do not overexert yourself, and avoid heavy activities for some weeks after the surgery.
- Avoid harsh soaps or lotions that can irritate the skin.
When to see a doctor for balanitis?
If the head of the penis or the foreskin is inflamed and does not subside or go away in 3 to 4 days, you should consult a good urologist to treat balanitis. Also, if you have had unprotected sex anytime in the past, you must mention it to your urologist.
Pristyn Care urologists in Guwahati are not only trained in providing balanitis treatment, but also in diagnosing and treating other penile disorders such as phimosis, paraphimosis, balanoposthitis, tight frenulum and many more.