16 Mar GENITAL INFECTION AND INFLAMMATION
INTRODUCTION TO GENITAL INFECTION
Genital infection and inflammation are one of the common disorders in male. However, these symptoms, many-a-times goes unnoticed and the condition affects the sexual life of the patient. The genital disorders, especially those affecting the penile health lead to reduced sexual life and decreased libido. Some of the common genital disorders include balanitis, posthitis, male candidiasis, orchitis, epididymitis, and inflammatory dermatoses. Inflammation or genital organs may lead to erectile dysfunction and also leads to male infertility.
TYPES OF GENITAL DISORDERS
Balanitis: Balanitis is the condition affecting almost 3%-12% of the males. Characterized by the inflammation of the glans penis, this condition can occur in adults at any age. Boys with age less than 4 years and the uncircumcised males are at higher risk of developing balanitis. The symptoms experienced by the people suffering from balanitis include painful penile skin, soreness or redness on the glans penis, itching in the genital area and tightened foreskin. The urethra is under stress due to swelling of the penile tip leading to painful urination. Untreated balanitis may progress to cause complications such as poor blood supply to the penis, and painful retraction of the foreskin.
Male Candidiasis: Although a common fungal infection in women, candida may also affect male. The fungus lives on the human skin and when there is an overgrowth due to various reasons, the patient experiences the symptoms. The risk of male candidiasis increases with diabetes, increased use of antibiotics, steroidal administration, weak immune system or taking immunosuppressant drugs and poor hygiene. Symptoms experienced by the people suffering from male candidiasis are small papules around the penis, itching, and soreness on penile skin, discharge under the foreskin and there is a difficulty in pulling back the foreskin. The fungal infection cause on the penile skin by candida balanitis is also known as a penile yeast infection.
Posthitis: Inflammation of the foreskin of the penis is known as posthitis while inflammation of the rounded penile head is known as balanitis. When both the conditions are present simultaneously, it is known as balanoposthitis. The risk of developing balanoposthitis is high in uncircumcised males as there is no foreskin. However, following proper hygiene of the foreskin, the risk of posthitis, balanitis and balanoposthitis can be significantly reduced. Patients with posthitis may experience swelling and redness of the foreskin and penile discharge.
Inflammatory dermatoses: Dermatoses in male genital area results in skin rashes, itching, and lesions. The reason for dermatoses may either be confined to the genital area or as a result of a generalized condition such as psoriasis. The patients are presented with ulceration, phimosis, paraphimosis, and pruritis while consulting the doctor for dermatoses. The foreskin is in contact with a wide variety of substances such as urine, sweat, moisture, and microbes. This results in inflammation of foreskin which may progress to develop lesions.
Epididymitis: Epididymitis is the condition occurs due to the development of inflammation in the epididymis. In most cases, the cause of this condition is a bacterial infection. The bacterial infection generally are sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia or gonorrhea. A patient suffering from epididymitis experiences painful urination, blood from semen and penile discharge. The condition can be diagnosed with imaging techniques such as ultrasound and through blood and urine tests.
Orchitis: Orchitis is the inflammation of testicles. The condition can be caused by bacteria or virus. Simultaneous inflammation of epididymis and testicles is known as epididymo-orchitis. Orchitis may involve in male infertility. The condition may affect one or both the testicles. Patients suffering from orchitis experience pain and swelling in testicles, nausea and vomiting and fever. Mumps virus is one of the common viral infections that may cause orchitis. Bacterial infection causing orchitis includes sexually transmitted infections and urinary tract infections.
EFFECTS OF GENITAL INFLAMMATION ON SEXUAL HEALTH
Infection and inflammation may occur in Genito-urinary tract in males. In some cases, the condition does not cause severe complications and there is no discomfort to the patient. However, in many cases, the quality of life of patients gets significantly reduced and these disorders may take a toll on a patient’s sexual life. Following may be the effect of genital inflammation on sexual health:
Erectile dysfunction: Balanitis may interfere in the sexual life of the patient. If the condition is not dealt with seriously, the severity increases and this may lead to erectile dysfunction.
Reduced libido: As performing the sexual activity while having inflammation may lead to worsening of symptoms. Because of these symptoms, the patient lost his interest in sexual activities and the libido is reduced.
Infertility: Reduced libido and erectile dysfunction may lead to infertility. Apart from this, the inflammation of epididymis may also lead to reduced sperm count and decreased sperm mobility.
Peyronie’s disease: This condition invites inflammation in the penis. Gradually the plaque is formed leading to a curved or bent penis. This results in painful erections. In severe conditions, sexual intercourse becomes almost impossible. People with this condition are at higher risk for erectile dysfunction.
Anorgasmia: Inflammation in the penile region may also lead to anorgasmia. This condition is characterized by lack of achieving orgasm in spite of sufficient stimulation.
Ejaculation problems: Poor penile health may lead to ejaculatory disorder. The patient may have painful ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, premature ejaculation, and retrograde ejaculation.
TREATING GENITAL INFLAMMATION – THE AYURVEDIC WAY
Ayurveda offers some of the best treatments for penile and overall genital inflammation. The treatment is done according to the disease and symptoms experienced by the patients. To initiate the treatment, an accurate diagnosis of the disease should be done. The patient should visit experienced and qualified ayurvedic doctors to get proper diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Manu Rajput and Dr. Kanu Rajput of Sidri International are one of the best and experienced doctors for diagnosing and treating penile inflammation with Ayurvedic medicines. You should visit the clinic with prior appointment to have a hassle-free experience.
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