Swollen, Red Male Organ? Balanitis May be Caused by Bacteria

Monitoring male organ health is important for all men. Often a man will notice that he has developed a rather red male organ, or more specifically that the head of the member has reddened or has red patches around it. This is often a sign of balanitis, a fairly common condition, especially among men whose prepuce is intact. There are many causes of balanitis, with a yeast infection being the most common; however, bacteria can also play a big role in creating a red male organ from balanitis.

As mentioned, men with a prepuce are more likely to contract balanitis than men who are circumcised. And some studies indicate that men with an especially long prepuce may be even more at risk of balanitis. We’ll look at why that might be the case after learning a little more about balanitis.

Balanitis is, simply put, an inflammation of the head of the member, typically caused by an infection of some sort. In addition to a red male organ, common symptoms include an itching or burning sensation in the manhood and/or a white or yellowish, clumpy discharge in the area. Often there is an unpleasant smell as well. In most cases, balanitis is not considered serious, especially if it is treated early, and most cases respond quickly to treatment, typically clearing up in 3 to 5 days after treatment has begun.

As mentioned, bacteria is often a cause of balanitis, which is why monitoring male organ health and practicing good male organ hygiene is so important. One reason that balanitis is more common among uncircumcised men is that it can be more challenging to clean the manhood skin underneath the prepuce – and this problem can become more pronounced with longer prepuce, which may be difficult to retract all the way. At least one study has found that men who are circumcised tend to have fewer anaerobic bacteria, which is more likely to cause balanitis, than men who are intact. Cleaning underneath the prepuce regularly is one excellent way to keep away the bacteria that can cause balanitis.

This includes cleaning the member after coupling. Studies have also found that the same kind of anaerobic bacteria responsible for a bacterial infection in the female organ is also a cause of balanitis – so that male and female partners who are infected can spread the bacteria between each other. So washing soon after coupling can help decrease the chances of balanitis.

There are other things a guy can do to help decrease bacteria on the manhood. One of the most important is changing underwear regularly. A clean pair every day is necessary – and changing more than once a day is a good idea during times when a guy is going to sweat more (such as when working out, playing a game of football, etc.) It also helps to wear looser underwear and pants, rather than tight ones, and to choose fabrics that are lightweight and can “breathe” better.

Some guys may choose an antibacterial soap to help keep away the red male organ caused by balanitis, but sometimes such soaps may be harsh on delicate male member skin. An alternative may be to daily apply a first class male organ health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) instead (or in addition to the soap). In such cases, be sure that the crème contains vitamin A, which is well known for its potent antibacterial properties. As a bonus, vitamin A also helps to fight unpleasant and persistent manhood odor. The best crème should also include a range of other vitamins, such as B5, C, D and E, which together can help maintain male organ health at an appropriate level.

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.


Author: John Dugan