That Red Manhood Balanitis or Balanoposthitis
A healthy red manhood is something a man desires, but sometimes that redness can be a sign that a male organ health issue is present. Very often the redness indicates an inflammation, but is that red manhood due to balanitis or balanoposthitis? Or maybe plain old posthitis? And what is the difference between the three terms anyway?
To be sure, sometimes a red manhood can be due to other causes, such as simple rawness from friction or even the presence of some social diseases. But often it’s an inflammation linked to one of the above conditions.
Defining each of these conditions can help a guy to understand better what they are.
• Balanitis. This is an inflammation of the male organ, specifically of the head. (The head is the kind of cone-shaped top of the manhood). Any man can potentially come down with balanitis.
• Posthitis. When there’s an inflammation of the prepuce, it is called posthitis. Only men whose prepuces are intact can contract posthitis.
• Balanoposthitis. When both the head and the prepuce are inflamed, it is referred to as balanoposthitis. As with posthitis, only intact men can have balanoposthitis.
In other words, each specific kind of inflammation is defined by where the inflammation occurs. However, it should be noted that not all doctors use the terms with 100% accuracy. For example, it is common for a doctor to tell a patient he has balanitis when in fact he has balanoposthitis.
But how does a man get balanitis or any of its similar brethren? Inflammation implies infection, and sometimes these conditions come about due to a social disease. However, it is usually more likely that inadequate hygiene is to blame. Other common causes are a yeast infection (thrush), an allergic reaction to soap or chemicals, a skin condition (such as psoriasis or eczema), or a bacterial infection.
Balanitis, posthitis and balanoposthitis are generally more of a problem for intact men. Why? Because inflammation often is accompanied by swelling; if the head becomes too swollen, it may make retraction of the prepuce difficult to achieve, which can be painful. Similarly, it may be difficult to pull a retracted prepuce back over the head as well.
In addition to a red manhood, men with one of these conditions may notice some of the following symptoms:
• Soreness and itchiness
• A strong odor
• A discharge from the male organ
• Pain, especially when urinating or when moving the prepuce forward or backward over the head.
It’s good to take a red manhood to the doctor for evaluation. If there is an underlying cause (such as a social disease or a yeast infection), the physician can recommend an appropriate course of action.
Often treatment for balanitis and these other inflammations involves paying proper attention to hygiene. It’s important to thoroughly wash the male member (including under the prepuce) to prevent inflammations from occurring. If the inflammation is due to an allergic reaction to soap or cleanser, it’s vital to find a new cleaning option that doesn’t affect sensitive manhood skin.
When a red manhood is caused by balanitis, posthitis or balanoposthitis, it can leave the member feeling sore and tender. Using a top rated male organ health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can help alleviate that soreness and improve the health of the member skin. Be sure to select a crème that contains a combination of moisturizing agents, such as Shea butter (a high-end emollient) and vitamin E (a natural hydrator). In addition, the crème should include alpha lipoic acid. A potent antioxidant, alpha lipoic acid fights free radicals and thereby strengthens and protects male organ skin.
Visit http://www.menshealthfirst.com for additional information on most common male organ health issues, tips on improving male member sensitivity and what to do to maintain a healthy manhood. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous websites.
by: John Dugan