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What causes balanitis?
Balanitis is usually found in uncircumcised males. Poor hygiene can
contribute when the area under the foreskin is not washed regularly and bacteria
, skin and sweat accumulate. Some underlying medical conditions can also
increase the risk of balanitis, especially
Allergies to certain chemicals can cause an allergic balanitis. This could be
chemicals in soaps or other products in touch with the gland of the penis.
Certain infections (especially yeast infections) can cause a balanitis.
Reactive arthritis (formerly Reiter syndrome) is associated with inflammation
around the head of the penis (circinate balanitis). Some
diseases can have similar symptoms (itching, redness) but are not the cause of