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swollen on side of Meatus urethrae externus on penis
swollen on side of Mea  

swollen on side of Meatus urethrae externus on penis
swollen on side of Mea  

I have noticed that one side of meatus urethrae externus is a bit swollen.I don't feel pain of anything but I have concerned about it.
I have also noticed that color of the glan next to corona glandis.
It is a bit reddish for some area but not significantly.
I have attached for some photos.
What could be those?
Could you please advice?

Thanks a lot.


You have a condition called Balanitis.

Balanitis is swelling (inflammation) of the foreskin and head of the penis.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors

possible causes include:

Diseases such as reactive arthritis and lichen sclerosis et atrophicus
Harsh soaps
Not rinsing soap off properly while bathing
Uncontrolled diabetes
Irritation of the skin

Redness of foreskin or penis
Other rashes on the head of the penis
Foul-smelling discharge
Painful penis and foreskin

Signs and tests

Your health care provider may be able to diagnose your balanitis by examination alone. However, you may need skin tests for viruses, fungi, or bacteria. Sometimes, a skin biopsy is needed.


Treatment depends on the cause of the balanitis. For example, balanitis that is caused by bacteria may be treated with antibiotic pills or creams. Balanitis that occurs with skin diseases may respond to steroid creams. Anti-fungal creams will be prescribed if it is due to a fungus.

Expectations (prognosis)

Most cases of balanitis can be controlled with medicated creams and good hygiene depending on the cause.


Long-term inflammation or infection can:

Scar and narrow the opening of the penis (meatal stricture)
Affect the blood supply to the tip of the penis
Cause infection
Lead to pain

Calling your health care provider

Tell your health care provider if you have any signs of balanitis, including swelling of the foreskin or pain.


Good hygiene can prevent most cases of balanitis unless it is caused by infection.  From the picture this looks more like irritation or trauma.


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