The tip or head of the penis is known as the glans penis. Sometimes the glans can be inflamed or infected. This condition is called balanitis.
This often causes a sore throat, which can be quite painful. This typically goes away in the first day. If this bothers your child, we suggest cold drinks and soft foods.
The foreskin of the penis and the glans penis the cone-shaped end of the penis can be inflamed. Men who develop balanoposthitis have an increased chance of later developing phimosis or paraphimosis problems related to the foreskin and penile cancer. Inflammation of the penis can be caused by infections, such as yeast infections, sexually transmitted diseases STDsand scabies.
During a circumcision, the foreskin skin that covers the tip of the penis is removed. The procedure takes only about 5 to 20 minutes. Using a local anesthetic medicine that numbs only a small, specific part of the body makes the procedure less painful.
Back to Health A to Z. Balanitis is a skin irritation on the head of the penis that can affect men and boys. You can also get yourself checked out at a sexual health clinic.
A 5-year-old boy was admitted to the hospital last month for evaluation and treatment of cellulitis of the penis. He woke up with the swelling, complaining of pain the day of admission and was evaluated by his primary provider who sent him for a urology consult. Because the problem persisted without improvement during the course of the day, he was taken to the local hospital emergency room, which referred him to the regional medical center emergency department ED.
JONG M. CHOE, M. See related patient information handout on paraphimosiswritten by the author of this article.
Some children may develop foreskin problems. Many of these issues either go away on their own or with the help of prescription medicine. Proper foreskin care is the best way to prevent many of these issues. Other foreskin problems, such as an accidental injury are more serious.
Back to Health A to Z. The foreskin is the retractable fold of skin that covers the end of the penis. It's a continuation of the skin that covers the whole penis.