Balanitis troubles (yeast infection symptoms won't go away)
Hello, I've been struggling with this problem since May of '12 and its driving me up a wall. Initially I developed blotches on the head of my penis and my foreskin turned bright red from inflammation. It would itch a LOT, smell foul, as well as eventually developing a cottage cheese-like discharge. Now this sounds like a typical penile yeast infection/ thrush, so I bought some Monistat 7 and applied it per the instructions. It relieved all of my symptoms but a few days after my treatment was done the symptoms were back.
I proceeded to go on vacation to Europe with this going on, I went to the doctor there and had a blood/ urine test as well as a bacteria sample from my penis tested. Results came back fine with the exception of the presence of e-coli on my penis..
I was prescribed the following-
Ketoconazole 10 tablets 200mg
Bactroban (Mupirocin) 20mg/g
As well as some type of anti bacterial wash
After 10 days of treatment everything was gone. All was well until about 3 weeks ago when the symptoms returned. Except this time there is no discharge, rather the skin is peeling off of my foreskin and head. I'm not sure what to do, I don't have health insurance and I can't get Ketoconazole tablets over the counter.
Should I try a Ketaconazole soap or wash? Please advise, this is driving me insane. Especially because these symptoms aren't the result of sexual activity. I am a healthy 21 year old male. I wash twice a day, I make sure to dry my junk very well and don't use any crazy soaps that would aggravate the situation. Diet is good with relatively low/ normal sugar intake.