Home Remedies for Balanitis

The following home remedies for balanitis are known to be helpful:

  • Add some salt to your bath water before bathing. It will help to cleanse the affected area properly and will also prevent further infection.
  • Use over-the-counter anti fungal creams which can be applied topically.
  • Calendula is a beneficial herb which helps to treat skin infections. You can use creams which contain calendula or drink calendula tea thrice a day.
  • Apply a few drops of tea tree oil to the affected skin.
  • Rubbing a small amount of coconut oil to the affected area has a soothing effect.
  • A paste of garlic may be applied to reduce infection in the affected parts. Also include garlic in your daily diet. In addition to relieving infection, garlic contains vitamin C which boosts immunity and protects against ailments.
  • Aloe vera gel is a beneficial natural remedy for skin infections. Extract the gel from an aloe vera leaf and apply it to the affected areas twice a day.
  • Steep a piece of fresh ginger in boiling water and consume as a tea. Ginger has anti-bacterial properties and helps to alleviate inflammation. You can also add ginger to your meals.
  • Keep the penis and foreskin clean and dry at all times. Daily cleansing helps to keep the area free of bacteria or fungus. Use warm water and avoid using soap as it may cause irritation. Dry the skin completely before replacing the foreskin.
  • Wash the penis and foreskin properly after sexual intercourse.
  • In case of balanitis that occurs due to the chemicals found in condoms, use condoms that are especially meant for sensitive skin.
  • If your job requires you to handle chemicals or if you come in contact with any potential irritants, make sure to wash your hands before using the toilet.  
  • Use mild detergents to wash your undergarments and ensure that you rinse out all the detergent.

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