How to kill balanitis

Balanitis can be an extremely painful experience for any man. Also known as a male yeast infection, balanitis is caused by fungal growth on the penis, most commonly on the tip. Damp areas under or around a man's foreskin promote the growth of fungus.

Symptoms include redness, swelling and pain during urination or sexual intercourse. You should always see a doctor for medical problems, but you can also kill balanitis with some at-home treatment.

Purchase an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream such as Diflucan. Be sure to read all warnings on the cream, as some creams can cause pain when applied to sensitive areas. Apply the cream to the infected area twice per day, or more if instructed by the product.

Mix two to three drops of white vinegar into the antifungal cream with every use; vinegar will help to speed the process of killing the fungus.

Eat yoghurt at least twice per day when fighting the fungal infection. The cultures in yoghurt help to kill fungus in the body. Applying yoghurt directly to the infected area can also speed the process of killing balanitis.

Clean the infected area, as well as the rest of the penis, after each urination. Wipe any excess moisture from the area with a clean towel; a drier area will prevent the growth of fungus.

Soak in a bath of lukewarm water, adding one cup of vinegar and one cup of salt. You can also add two to three drops of tea tree oil. These solutions kill fungus.