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What is Foreskin Infection or Penis Infection?

As the name suggests, foreskin infection or penis infection is a bacterial or fungal infection that causes inflammation of the penis foreskin. This condition generally isn’t a cause of concern for men. However, in some cases, it can cause significant discomfort and require treatment.

This condition generally occurs along with balanitis (inflammation of the head of the penis). Posthitis isn’t an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease); therefore, it isn’t very dangerous. However, leaving it untreated for too long can cause the condition to aggravate and may also worsen your symptoms.

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How does Foreskin Infection Form?

How does Foreskin Infection Form?

Foreskin infection or Penis Infection can affect anyone at any given point in time. The condition can cause serious discomfort if it’s not treated in time. In general, it affects uncircumcised men and may occur due to several factors, including:

  • Bacterial or fungal infections
  • Poor hygiene
  • Sexually transmitted diseases.

Posthitis is also common in men who are suffering from phimosis. Those who do not clean their foreskin regularly or have sensitivity under their foreskin are also at an increased risk of developing foreskin infection. Apart from this, rubbing the foreskin vigorously also puts you at risk of developing this condition.

Foreskin Infection Diagnosis

Foreskin Infection Diagnosis

Posthitis can be diagnosed conveniently through a physical examination. Doctors generally perform a physical examination of the condition and ask patients about the symptoms they’re experiencing and their medical history. Sometimes, a doctor may ask the patient to get a swab test. This test helps determine the cause of the inflammation and plan the treatment accordingly. In a few cases, the doctor might also suggest urine, which also helps them understand the cause of the condition and rule out diabetes.

When to consult a doctor?

Posthitis generally vanishes within a week without medical management. However, seeking treatment for this condition becomes important if:

  • The symptoms fail to reduce even after a week
  • The symptoms aggravate
  • Posthitis is recurring
  • You notice bleeding or discharge

Penis Foreskin Infection Surgical Treatment

Penis Foreskin Infection Surgical Treatment

The only surgery available for posthitis is circumcision i.e., the procedure was performed to remove the foreskin completely. While the purpose of circumcision is removing the foreskin, it can be done through different procedures. Circumcision is usually performed by the following methods- laser circumcision, stapler circumcision, and conventional circumcision. The most commonly performed circumcision procedures are as follows:

  • Open circumcision surgery: This is the conventional and invasive method of circumcision, which is still performed in a lot of cases. In this method, the surgeons use a scalpel to remove the foreskin and cauterize or stitch it back with dissolvable sutures. This procedure is performed under general or local anesthesia. Any pain after the procedure is manageable with pain-relieving medicines.
  • Laser circumcision surgery: This is a minimally-invasive method of surgery that causes minimal to no discomfort to the patient. It does not involve incision or stitches, and causes minimal blood loss. The procedure is performed under anesthesia, and surgeons generally use local anesthesia for laser circumcision surgery. In this procedure, the surgeon uses a high-beam laser to cut the foreskin. The procedure  generally takes just 20 minutes and the patient feels no discomfort.

Care After Circumcision Surgery

In order to recover quickly after circumcision surgery, patients are required to take some precautions. Your doctor would suggest some precautions and lifestyle modifications that would help you keep complications at  bay. Here are some tips that will help you recover quickly after circumcision surgery:

  • You can start walking within a day or two of the surgery. However, restrict your movement to walking only, and avoid indulging in strenuous activities such as running, weight lifting, etc.
  • If you experience pain or discomfort after surgery, convey it to your doctor. He/she will prescribe medicines for pain management.
  • Do not shower till your bandage is removed. Also, clean the incision site very carefully and always pat dry the area with a soft towel/cloth. Avoid using soaps, gels, or creams on the operated area as these products can cause irritation.

Risks of Surgery

If you’re about to undergo a circumcision surgery, you can rest assured about the safety and success rate of the procedure. All circumcision procedures are generally quite safe and also used for candida balanitis, phimosis surgery (tight foreskin treatment) paraphimosis treatment, and balanoposthitis surgery. However, you must be aware of the possible risks and complications associated with this surgery. Find below the complications of circumcision surgery:

  • Bleeding from the incision site isn’t common, but it can occur in some patients. In such cases, patients must consult a doctor immediately.
  • After any surgery, the incision site needs to be taken care of. In some cases, it can get infected and lead to a delay in the recovery.
  • Wound complications occur when wound healing is interrupted. This often  leads to skin issues, or circumcision scars.
  • Some patients experience foreskin issues caused due to improper surgery. Their foreskin might appear too short or too long. Additionally, in some cases, the surgeon fails to re-attach the foreskin properly, which may lead to further complications.
  • Patients who are allergic to anesthesia might develop an adverse reaction to its. It can cause nausea, vomiting, headache, and other symptoms.

At Pristyn Care we treat various foreskin issues by laser  circumcision, stapler circumcision and frenuloplasty surgery.

Insurance Coverage For Penis Infection Surgery (Circumcision)

Insurance Coverage For Penis Infection Surgery (Circumcision)

Insurance generally covers medically necessary treatments. In severe cases of Foreskin Infection or posthitis, circumcision surgery is recommended and therefore it’s considered medically necessary. Circumcision surgery at Pristyn Care is covered under insurance, and we have a dedicated insurance team in place to help you with the insurance claim process. You can get in touch with our medical coordinators to learn more about insurance coverage for circumcision surgery.

FAQs About Foreskin Infection Treatment

Is posthitis contagious?

No. Posthitis isn’t contagious. However, it can be caused through sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Is posthitis curable?

Yes. Posthitis is curable. In most cases, this condition subsides on its own and does not require treatment. In severe cases, posthitis might require medical management through antibiotics, antifungal creams, or antihistamines. Finally, when medicines and drugs fail to offer relief, doctors recommend circumcision i.e., foreskin removal.

Can I have sex if I have foreskin infection or posthitis?

Doctors generally ask patients to avoid having sex if they suffer from posthitis. Having sex in this condition can add to the pain and discomfort in the foreskin and may aggravate the condition. Additionally, it can also slow down the healing process. If you still wish to have sex while suffering from this condition, take your doctor’s advice first.

How painful is foreskin infection?

In most pediatric and adult males afflicted with the condition, posthitis does not exhibit severe symptoms and improves with time. However, sometimes, it can be quite painful and may cause discomfort while urinating or ejaculating.

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