Valanitis – Valanoposthitis

What is Valanitis – Valanoposthitis ?

Valanitis is an inflammation of the glans of the penis. Valanoposthitis is an inflammation of the foreskin and glans of the penis. The most common cause of valanitis is a bacterial or fungal infection, which is usually the result of insufficient cleanliness of the penis or due to transmission after sexual intercourse. If there is phimosis, cleaning is more difficult and thus increases the chances of developing valanitis. In addition, valanitis can occur as a reaction to chemicals in detergents or soaps or to irritants, such as wool.

The main symptoms of valanitis are:

– Swelling of the foreskin

– Pain or itching

– Moderate to abundant surface secretion (white secretions)

– The genital area may be red and moist

– Sometimes, the penis is swelled and the foreskin folds are painful


In most cases, valanitis resolves with proper hygiene. Once the inflammation is gone, the penis should be carefully cleansed to prevent recurrence of valanitis.