mine is a simple question. A friend of mine (my dad) has been diagnosed with balanitis and multiple colonies of e. Coli have been found on his penis prepuce. The doctor prescribed some antibiotics but he's very reluctant to take them. He wants to be absolutely sure that e. Coli is actually responsible for the balanitis. I have not been able to find any evidence for a link between the disorder and the organism, does anyone know if the occurnce of one may be due to the presence of the other?
Thanks very much
Balanitis is an inflammation of the glans (head) of the penis. It usually causes redness and/or a blotchy rash on the glans, sometimes with a discharge. The condition may be itchy or uncomfortable but often feels completely normal.
Why balanitis occurs
balanitis is not sexually transmitted. It results from an overgrowth of organisms which are normally present on the skin of the glans. The condition most commonly occurs in men who have a foreskin (i.E. Have not been circumcised). The environment under the foreskin is warm and moist, and these conditions often favour the growth of the organisms that cause balanitis.
These organisms are especially likely to multiply and cause inflammation if moisture is allowed to persist under the foreskin for a while. This may occur if you have not washed for a couple of days, or sometimes after sexual activity (vaginal, oral or anal - with or without a condom).
One common organism associated with balanitis is a yeast known as candida albicans. Balanitis may occur because of excessive growth of candida, due to moisture and warmth under the foreskin.
In order to avoid futures infeccion the circumcision is the best option.
E. Coli can be very tedious. I would have him begin and follow through with the antibiotics prescribed. I, myself, am prone to e. Coli infections. If e. Coli succesfully travels up the urethra, it may lead to a urinary tract infection and other painful experiences.
What E-coli did to me was not iflamate the gans (head) but instead shrink the foreskin, so in the end the problem is the same, the forskin cant go down well. I havent done it yet but i will probably have to get it circumcised.
The treatment is only an antibiotic cream you put on the penis, not pills so its not agressive at all.