What are the signs and symptoms of balanitis?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Mark J Leber, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Patients with balanitis usually present with the following complaints:

  • Penile discharge

  • Pain or difficulty with retraction of foreskin

  • Impotence

  • Difficulty urinating or controlling urine stream (in very severe cases)

  • Inability to insert a Foley catheter

  • Tenderness and erythema of the glans penis

  • Itching

  • Systemic symptoms such as fever and nausea are uncommon


Observe the patient with balanitis for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Signs of sepsis

  • Uncontrolled diabetes

  • Inability to retract foreskin

  • Inability to urinate

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