Prepuce- Three of the diseases that are associated with it.

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Prepuce is a fold of skin that covers the head of the penis. The three diseases that I found associated with the prepuce are, Balanitis, Phimosis, and Penile Cancer.

Balanitis is an inflammation of the skin covering the head of the penis. A similar condition, balanoposthisis, refers to inflammation of the head of the penis and the foreskin. Symptoms of balanitis include redness or swelling, itching, rash, pain, and foulsmelling discharge. Balanitis most often occur if the sensitive skin under the foreskin and cause irritation. The presence of tight fore skin may make it difficult to keep this area clean to irritation by a foul-smelling substance that can accumulate under the foreskin.

Other causes of balanitis may include:

Dermatitis/allergy--Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin, often caused by an irritating substance or a contact allergy. Sensitivity to chemicals in certain products-- such as soaps, detergents, perfumes and spermicides-can cause an allergic reaction, including irritation, itching and a rash.

In addition, men with diabetes are at greater risk of balanitis. Glucose in the urine that is trapped under the foreskin serves as a breeding ground for bacteria.

Treatment for balanitis depends on the underlaying cause. If there is an infection, treatment will include an appropriate antibiotic or antifungal medication. In case of severe or persistent inflammation, a circumcision may e recommended. Taking appropriate hygiene measures can help prevent future bouts of balanitis. In addition, it is important to avoid strong soaps or chemicals, especially those known to cause a skin reaction.

Another disease is phimosis a condition in which the foreskin of the penis is so tight that it cannot be pulled back to reveal the head of the penis. Phimosis, which is seen most often in children, may be presint at birth. It also can be...

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