Is Balanitis Contagious?

Balanitis is a common skin condition which affects men. It can cause a variety of undesirable symptoms.

This article will explain what balanitis is, who is likely to develop balanitis, and whether or not balanitis is contagious.

Balanitis Description

It is most easily recognized by inflammation around wither the head of the penis or the foreskin of an uncircumcised man. This inflammation causes redness, itching, swelling and tenderness or soreness to the surrounding genital and glandular tissue.

Some men are more at risk of developing balanitis than others.

The following groups of men are most likely to develop balanitis:

  • Men who are morbidly obese
  • Men who have suffered congestive heart failure
  • Men with poor personal hygiene habits
  • Men with sensitivity to soap and other cleaners
  • Men with diabetes
  • Men with certain sexual diseases such as
    • Yeast infections
    • Gonorrhea
    • Chlamydia
    • Treponema

If you fall into one or more of these groups, consider asking your doctor about the possibility of developing balanitis and what you can do to prevent it. Balanitis is not a life-threatening disease but the inflammation can cause discomfort and should be diagnosed and treated by a medical doctor.

Balanitis is not a life-threatening disease but the inflammation can cause discomfort and should be diagnosed and treated by a medical doctor.

If you think you have balanitis, schedule an appointment with your doctor to receive an official diagnosis.

Is Balanitis Contagious

There’s no simple answer to the question of whether or not balanitis is contagious. Balanitis is a skin condition that can be brought on by one of two ways.

First, either skin bacteria or irritation brought on soap and other cleaners can cause balanitis. When either of these factors is the cause of your balanitis, the disease is not considered contagious.

Skin bacteria or irritation brought on soap and other cleaners can cause balanitis

Second, fungi, foreign bacteria, and viruses can cause balanitis. If any of these factors caused your balanitis, then you should consider it to be contagious, but even this is not technically true. Usually, these diseases spread via sexual activity, but balanitis itself does not usually spread. So if you remain sexually active, without proper medical treatment, you’ll likely spread the virus or bacteria that can cause balanitis, but not the balanitis itself.

These bacteria and sexually transmitted diseases can be bad enough on their own without the presence of balanitis that a sexual partner should seek treatment for them. If they can prevent balanitis in the process then all the better.

Treatment Options

Balanitis is not a pleasant condition to experience. It’s both painful and unsightly. But it is treatable. The CDC recommends that men who develop balanitis treat it with topical antifungal agents. A doctor can tell you which treatment will work best for your specific case of balanitis.

The CDC recommends that men who develop balanitis treat it with topical antifungal agents.

While you wait for your doctor’s appointment, you can self-treat your balanitis with Emuaid. Emuaid has many antifungal properties and works wonderfully for a number of diseases which also require topical treatments, including balanitis.

Ask your doctor about using Emuaid in conjunction with his or her treatment method and find out if Emuaid is right for you.