The foreskin of the penis and the glans penis the cone-shaped end of the penis can be inflamed. Balanitis is inflammation of the glans penis. Posthitis is inflammation of the foreskin. Balanoposthitis is inflammation of both the glans penis and the foreskin. Men who develop balanoposthitis have an increased chance of later developing phimosis or paraphimosis problems related to the foreskin and penile cancer.
Prevention If you buy something through a link on this page, we may earn a small commission. How this works. Balanitis is an inflammation of the glans, or the head, of the penis, due to infection or another cause. Balanitis can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful, but it is not usually serious.
It may be impossible to pull the foreskin back. You may also have pain or discomfort when passing urine. There are many different causes of balanitis. Poor hygiene Poor hygiene around this area, combined with a tight foreskin, can lead to irritation by smegma. Smegma is a cheesy-like substance which forms under the foreskin if the end of the penis the glans under the foreskin is not cleaned.