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Balanitis and Homoeopathy

© Dr. Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD (Homoeopathy)

Dr. Swati Vishnoi BHMS

Dr. Preetika Lakhera BHMS

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Definition. 2

Etymology. 2

Anatomy. 2

Glans. 2

Corpus cavernosum.. 3

Corpus spongiosum.. 3

Urethra. 3

Predisposing factors. 3

Pathophysiology. 3

Epidemiology. 3

Signs and symptoms. 3

History. 3

Physical 4

Causes. 4

Cutaneous / mucocutaneous diseases. 4

Phimosis. 5

Unprotected sex. 5

Metabolic disorders. 5

Hygiene. 5

Irritation. 5

Organ malfunctions. 5

Allergy. 5

Infections. 6

Fixed drug eruptions ….. 7

Traumatic . 7

Malignancies. 7

Other causes . 7

Types. 8

Balanitis xerotica obliterans. 8

Zoon balanitis. 9

Circinate Balanitis. 9

Pseudoepitheliomatous micaceous and Keratotic balanitis of Civatte (PMKB). 9

Atrophic Balanitis. 9

Chronic benign circumscribed plasma cell balanitis. 10

Follman’s Balanitis of Syphilis. 10

Psoriatic Balanitis. 10

Differential Diagnosis. 11

Laboratory Studies. 11

Imaging Studies. 11

Prevention. 11

Complications. 11

Treatment. 11

Homoeopathic treatment. 12

Common remedies for Balanitis. 12

Short repertory of Balanitis. 12

Bibliography. 12



  • The inflammation of the glans penis is called Balanitis.
  • Balanitis can also mean inflammation end of the clitoris.
  • Posthitis is inflammation of the foreskin.
  • Balanitis involving the foreskin as well as prepuce is termed balanoposthitis.
  • Greek- Balanos- Head of Penis / Glans
  • Latin-  Posthe- Foreskin / Prepuce
  • + itis- inflammation



The penis is the male sex as well as excretory organ. It has following parts-


It is head of the penis and covered with pink, moist tissue called mucosa. Covering the glans is the foreskin or prepuce. In circumcised men, the foreskin is surgically removed and the mucosa on the glans transforms into dry skin.

Corpus cavernosum

These are two columns of tissue running along the sides of the penis. Blood fills this tissue to cause an erection.

Corpus spongiosum

It is a column of sponge-like tissue running along the front of the penis and ending at the glans penis. It fills with blood during an erection, keeping the urethra open.


The urethra runs through the corpus spongiosum, conducting urine out of the body.

Predisposing factors

These include poor hygiene and over washing, use of over-the-counter medications, and nonretraction of the foreskin.


Uncircumcised men with poor personal hygiene (Causa occasionalis) are most affected by balanitis. Lack of aeration and irritation because of smegma and discharge surrounding the glans penis causes inflammation and edema (Causa occasionalis).

Though uncommon, complications of balanitis include phimosis (Psora/ Syphilis) and cellulitis (Psora). Meatal stenosis (Psora) with urinary retention may rarely accompany balanitis. In very few cases, balanitis may lead to the buried penis syndrome (Psora/ Syphilis).


Balanitis can occur in males at any age. Etiologies differ depending on age.

Signs and symptoms


Patient may present with following main complaints-

  • Difficulty urinating or controlling urine stream (Psora/ Sycosis/ Syphilis)
  • Impotence (Psora)
  • Incapability to insert a Foley’s catheter (Psora)
  • Irritation of the glans (Psora)
  • Itching (Psora)
  • Pain or difficulty in retraction of foreskin (Psora)
  • Painful urination (Psora)
  • Penile discharge (Sycosis/ Syphilis)
  • Soreness of the glans (Psora)
  • Systemic symptoms such as fever and nausea (Psora)
  • Tenderness and erythema of glans penis (Psora)
  • The soreness, irritation and discharge under the foreskin typically occurs two to three days after sexual intercourse (Psora/ Sycosis)


These may include-

  • An unpleasant smell (Psora)
  • Ballooning of the foreskin when passing urine (Psora/ Sycosis)
  • Bladder distension (Psora)
  • Erythema and edema of glans penis or foreskin (Psora)
  • Inflammation of the glans (Psora)
  • Lymphadenopathy (Psora/ Syphilis/ Sycosis)
  • Meatal stenosis (Psora/ Syphilis)
  • Phimosis in severe cases (Psora/ Syphilis)
  • Plaques (Psora/ Sycosis)
  • Signs of urinary obstruction (Psora/ Syphilis)
  • Ulceration (Psora/ Syphilis)
  • Under the foreskin there may be a lumpy, thick discharge (Psora/ Sycosis/ Syphilis)
  • Aphthae (Psora/ Syphilis)
  • Behcet’s Disease- Annular erythematous moist plaques with ulceration healing with fibrosis / scarring with preceding oral ulcers / ophthalmic involvement (Syphilis)


Cutaneous / mucocutaneous diseases

  • Dermatitis (Psora)
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis / Erythema multiforme / Stevens-lohnson syndrome / Toxic epidermal necrolysis (Psora/ Syphilis)
  • Eczema (Psora/ Syphilis)
  • Herpes Zoster (Psora/ Syphilis)
  • Lichen planus (Psora/ Sycosis)
  • Pemphigus (Psora/ Syphilis)
  • Porokeratosis of Mibelli (Psora/ Sycosis/ Syphilis)
  • Psoriasis (Psora/ Syphilis/ Sycosis)
  • Varicella Zoster (Psora/ Syphilis)


Old sweat, urine and other substances may accumulate under the foreskin, causing irritation and allowing germs to multiply. (Psora/ Syphilis)

Unprotected sex

If the female partner has vaginal thrush, the male may become infected, increasing the risk of developing balanitis. Genital herpes, Chlamydia and syphilis may also cause balanitis. (Psora/ Syphilis)

Metabolic disorders

  • Diabetes is the most common cause (Psora/ Syphilis)
  • Morbid obesity (Psora/ Sycosis)
  • Poor personal hygiene (Causa occasionalis)
  • Chemicals that exist in condoms, lubricants and spermicides (Causa occasionalis)
  • Some detergents if not completely rinsed (Causa occasionalis)
  • Some fabric conditioners if not completely rinsed (Causa occasionalis)
  • Some perfumed soaps (Causa occasionalis)
  • Some shower gels (Causa occasionalis)
  • Petroleum jelly (Causa occasionalis)
  • Podophyllin (Causa occasionalis)
  • Urine (Causa occasionalis)
  • Smegma (Causa occasionalis)



Vesicles / Bullae with Erosions (Contact dermatitis / Fixed Drug Eruptions)

Organ malfunctions

  • Edematous conditions, such as right-sided congestive heart failure, cirrhosis, and nephrosis (Psora/ Syphilis/ Sycosis)
  • Drug allergies (Psora)
  • Anaerobic infection (Psora/ Syphilis/ Sycosis)
    • Corynebacterium diphtheria
    • Fusospirochaetes
    • Aerobic infections (Psora/ Syphilis/ Sycosis)
      • Gardenella Vaginalis
      • Streptococcus sp. - Beta-hemolytic streptococci of Group B and group A
      • Staphylococcus aureus
      • Calymmatobacterium granulomatis
      • Neisseria gonorrhoeae- Superficial Erosions with Purulent Urethral Discharge-



(Neisseria Gonorrhoea)

  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Hemophilus ducreyi
  • Pseudomonas
  • Trichomonas vaginalis- Small Gray-White vesicles on erythematous base +/- Ulceration with Prostatitis / Urethritis
  • Protozoal (Psora/ Syphilis)

(Trichomonas Vaginalis)

  • Entamoeba histolytica
  • Parasitic (Psora)
    • Scabies
    • Pediculosis
    • Creeping eruptions / Cutaneous larva migrans
    • Tetracyclines / Sulphonamides
    • Carbamazepines
    • Dapsone
    • Salicylates
    • Erythromycin
    • Metronidazole
    • Barbiturates
    • Post-coital / Post-masturbation
    • Zip fastener laceration
    • Frictional trauma
    • Teeth bites
    • Excoriations

Fixed drug eruptions (Causa occasionalis)

Traumatic (Causa occasionalis)

Frenal tears / Edema


  • Premalignant conditions (Psora/ Syphilis/ Sycosis)
    • Erythroplasia of Qeuyrat (Bowen’s disease)
    • Leukoplakia
    • Extramammary Paget’s
    • Malignant diseases (Psora/ Syphilis/ Sycosis)
      • Squamous cell carcinoma / Basal cell carcinoma
      • Melanomas
      • Borrelia vincentii and Borrelia burgdorferi
      • Candidal species - Smooth erythematous scaly papules with satellite pustules (Superadded inf) with peeling of skin +/- Plaques of thrush / Maceration / Erosions

Other causes (Psora/ Syphilis/ Sycosis)

Candida albicans

  • Human papilloma virus
  • Treponema pallidum / refrigens / phaegedenis / balanitidis
  • Trichomonal species
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis / leprae
  • Circinate Balanitis
  • Zoon’s Balanitis
  • Balanitis Xerotica Obliterans (Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus)
  • Pseudoepitheliomatous micaceous and keratotic balanitis of Civatte (PMKB)
  • FB-induced (Beads / Calculi)
  • Post Intravesical BCG (Granulomatous BP)


Balanitis xerotica obliterans

This is also called as lichen sclerosus and is a chronic dermatosis identified by whitish plaques involving the glans and foreskin.

Zoon balanitis

It is a reddish velvety lesion on the glans.

Circinate Balanitis

It is often seen in Reiter disease and consists of circinate and eroding lesions on the glans with painless, serpiginous, geographic dermatitis of Glans (uncircumcised) and Hyperkeratotic plaques.

Pseudoepitheliomatous micaceous and Keratotic balanitis of Civatte (PMKB)

Pseudoepitheliomatous, keratotic, and micaceous balanitis is a rare condition characterized by verrucous excrescences with scaling. It is common after circumcision for phimosis in adult life.

Atrophic Balanitis

It is chronic inflammation followed by atrophic sclerosis, depigmentation, induration, phimosis and urethral Stricture.

Chronic benign circumscribed plasma cell balanitis

It is characterized by shiny red velvety plaques with cayenne pepper stippling.

Follman’s Balanitis of Syphilis

It is marked by erosive indurated painless chancre over prepuce with phimosis with doughy infiltrate, nodular or diffuse infiltrate.

Multiple painful shallow non-indurated ulcers with undermined edges over prepuce / glans +/-  Phimosis (Chancroid)

Psoriatic Balanitis

It has bright red micaceous scaly annular plaques with cutaneous / nail / joint involvement (Penile Psoriasis).

Differential Diagnosis

  • Candidiasis
  • Psoriasis
  • Screening tests for- HIV
  • VDRL / rapid plasma reagin (RPR) / Treponema pallidum immobilization test (TPI) / fluorescent Treponemal antibody absorption (FTA-ABS) for syphilis
  • Blood Sugar F/PP
  • Urinalysis / culture
  • Complete Blood Counts
  • KOh mount (Candida)
  • Subpreputial swab for culture (Trichomonas)
  • Gram stain / Ziehl–Neelsen stain (mixed infections)
  • Pus culture (mixed infections)
  • Microscopy (Spirochetes)
  • Tzanck smear (Herpes simplex virus)
  • Acetowhite test (Human papilloma virus)
  • Urethral swab (Gonococci)
  • Patch tests (Contact Dermatitis)
  • Skin biopsy
  • Ultrasonography lower abdomen
  • Bladder scan to detect urinary obstruction in severe balanitis

Laboratory Studies

Imaging Studies


Deterrence or prevention of balanitis includes the following measures-

  • Proper personal hygiene
  • Control of diabetes and chronic medical disorders
  • Weight reduction for obese
  • Prevention from unsafe sexual activities
  • Meatal stenosis
  • Possible urethral strictures
  • Urinary retention
  • Vesicoureteral reflux
  • Phimosis



Gentle retraction of the foreskin daily and soaking in warm water to clean penis and foreskin is essential part of treatment. Patients presenting to the erectile dysfunction (ED) with phimosis and severe urinary obstruction as a complication of balanitis may need help of surgery. Circumcision may be indicated. Circumcision is not a preventive treatment of balanitis in those younger than 3 years.

Homoeopathic treatment

Common remedies for Balanitis

Acon. alum. ALUMN. antip. APIS arg-met. Arg-n. arn. ars. aur-ar. aur-s. Aur. bell. bry. CALAD. CALC. Calen. Cann-s. Canth. carbn-s. caust. chin. CINNB. coc-c. con. Cop. Cor-r. crot-t. CUB. cupr. DIG. elaps Gels. graph. ham. hep. iris JAC-C. Jac-g. KALI-CHL. kali-p. KALI-S. kreos. LACH. led. Lyc. lys. lyss. m-aust. MERC-C. MERC. MEZ. mur-ac. nat-ar. NAT-C. Nat-m. nat-sil. Nit-ac. NUX-V. ol-sant. ozone petr. ph-ac. PSOR. puls. RHOD. rhus-t. ros-d. sabin. sars. SEP. sil. staph. Sulph. Sumb. syc. THUJ. viol-t.

Short repertory of Balanitis

Male - BALANITIS, penis, glans - pus, under prepuce- jac-c.

Male - BALANITIS, penis, glans- Acon. alum. Alumn. antip. Apis Arg-n. arn. ars. aur-ar. aur-s. Aur. bry. Calad. Calc. Calen. cann-s. canth. carbn-s. caust. chin. CINNB. Cop. Cor-r. Cub. cupr. Dig. Gels. graph. ham. iris Jac-c. KALI-CHL. kali-p. Kali-s. lach. led. Lyc. lyss. Merc-c. Merc. mez. nat-ar. Nat-c. Nat-m. nat-sil. Nit-ac. nux-v. ozone petr. ph-ac. Psor. Rhod. rhus-t. sabin. sars. sep. sil. staph. Sulph. Thuj.

MALE - INFLAMMATION - penis - glans, balanitis – gonorrheal- alum. cann-s. canth. caust. chin. cinnb. COR-R. lach. lyc. MERC. mez. nat-c. nat-m. NIT-AC. NUX-V. petr. SEP. staph. SULPH. THUJ.

MALE - INFLAMMATION - Penis - glans, balanitis- Acon. alum. Alumn. antip. Apis Arg-n. arn. ars. aur-ar. aur-s. Aur. bry. Calad. Calc. Calen. cann-s. canth. carbn-s. caust. chin. CINNB. Cop. Cor-r. Cub. cupr. Dig. Gels. graph. ham. iris Jac-c. KALI-CHL. kali-p. Kali-s. lach. led. Lyc. lys. Merc-c. Merc. mez. nat-ar. Nat-c. Nat-m. nat-sil. Nit-ac. nux-v. ozone petr. ph-ac. Psor. Rhod. rhus-t. sabin. sars. sep. sil. staph. Sulph. Thuj.

MALE - INFLAMMATION - Penis - prepuce, balanitis – erysipelatous- Apis ARS. LACH. Puls. RHUS-T.

MALE - INFLAMMATION - Penis - prepuce, balanitis – frenum- Calc. Nit-ac. sumb. thuj.

MALE - INFLAMMATION - Penis - prepuce, balanitis - glands of- thuj.

MALE - INFLAMMATION - Penis - prepuce, balanitis - inner surface- crot-t. merc. Nit-ac.

MALE - INFLAMMATION - Penis - prepuce, balanitis – margin- jac-c.

MALE - INFLAMMATION - Penis - prepuce, balanitis- Acon. Apis arn. Ars. aur. bell. calad. Calc. cann-s. Canth. CINNB. coc-c. con. cor-r. crot-t. dig. elaps Gels. graph. hep. Jac-c. Jac-g. kreos. lach. lyc. merc-c. MERC. mez. mur-ac. nat-ar. Nat-c. Nit-ac. ol-sant. puls. Rhus-t. sabin. sep. sil. staph. Sulph. Sumb. syc. Thuj. viol-t.

MALE SEXUAL SYSTEM - Prepuce – Inflammation- Acon. apis calad. Cann-s. Canth. Cinnb. coc-c. con. crot-t. dig. Gels. Jac-c. lyc. merc-c. Merc. Nit-ac. ol-sant. Rhus-t. sulph. Thuj. viol-t.


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