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Slight red rash on bottom of penis head and foreskin it gets more redder after hot shower or intercourse no pain doesn't itch or anything just slight red rash been to my dermatologist she doesn't think its to much of anything  which didn't really do anything been going on for bout 9 months now she gave me a cream which didn't do anything

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

Balanitis is usually caused by poor hygiene. Other possible causes include:

Diseases such as reactive arthritis and lichen sclerosis et atrophicus
Infection
Harsh soaps
Not rinsing soap off properly while bathing
Uncontrolled diabetes
Skin trauma
Masturbation

Symptoms

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

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.  

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