Just before Christmas I noticed some redness under my foreskin, which I assumed was thrush, as I've had this before, although not for a while. I applied Canestan, but it didn't go a way. Did swab test, which revealed a bacterial infection of mixed pathology: all skin common infections, and no sign of thrush. I was prescribed oral antibiotics for a week, which made no difference. Then tried an anti-bacterial ointment called fuscidin, which also made no difference. Next, had a different oral anti-biotic for a week, but swab showed infection still there. Then tried Bactroban, another antibiotic ointent, which also did not work. The redness has now spread to my glans, and my doctor has said she doesn't know what to do about it. She does not want to prescribe more anti-biotics as they've not worked so far. I've been referred to urology, but there's a waiting list, and could be some months before I'm seen.
Has anyone got any suggestions what to do in the meantime? I've tried leaving off the ointment, washing with water only, and drying thoroughly. Even tried sitting with foreskin retracted to dry it out and make it harder for the bacteria to grow, but to no avail.
I would dry it with a hair dryer in the morning after a shower, wear briefs, and pull just the glans out through the briefs hole, so that the glans is exposed all day.
I would also try to find the most hypoallergenic laundry detergent possible.
I would seek out the aid of an online doctor, who is foreskin-friendly, such as Paul B.
Best of luck to you.
Thanks for the advice, which I have followed for 4 days now. So far, the only difference I'm finding is an increased level of itching. Is this a good sign, meaning that I things are healing, and that I should persevere? Or does it signify the opposite?
You'll have to use a search engine. If I am any more informative, I'll get deleted.
He is an Australian doctor, who often helps with foreskin problems, since Americans so often cannot get reasonable advice from anyone neutral in the medical community.
No, I don't think this is a sign of healing. I think it is getting worse. I don't understand how it could be. Exposing the head to air should kill yeast, since it lives in moist places. You need medical help, sooner, not later. What country are you in?
I'm in the UK, which means you go to a general practitioner first. If they can't sort it out, they refer to a specialist, which involves a massive wait. If it involves anything more than a prescription medicine, there's then another massive wait for treatment. I received a letter to say I'm on the waiting list for a urology appointment, but no indication of when I might get an appointment.
I don't understand why it isn't clearing up either, as I've had this for 6 months now, and have tried every remedy that has been suggested. I've lost the print-out with the swab result, but there was no sign of yeast infection. There were 3 types of bacterial infections, one of which I think was strepptococcus.
just seen my GP again, as things are not clearing up and there is no sign of the urology appointment. She's going to try and chase up the appointment. In the meantime, as we have exhausted every obvious avenue, she has suggested that, as the swab showed just common skin bacteria, these may be incidental to the balanitis, rather than the cause. She has suggested trying just vaseline petroleum jelly.
Any thoughts on this? Don't want to risk anything that may make it worse.
Are you using soap to wash under the foreskin? If so stop and just use plain water. You may be getting some reaction to the soap or some perfume etc in it. Did your GP give you any sort of mild antibacterial cream or did she say that would make it worse?
I always have used soap in the past, but now only use water. My GP did try two antibacterial ointments, fuscidin and then bactroban. It appeared to get worse when I used the fuscidin, and there was no noticeable difference with the bactroban. Prior to this, I had tried an oral antibiotic, erythromycin. After this, but before trying the antibiotic ointments, I had seen a locum GP, and used hyrdrocortisone cream for a week on his recomendation.
I don't think it's getting any worse, but there's no indication of it clearing up. My GP has also suggested circumcision, several times, but surely you would not be able to perform an operation if there is still an ongoing infection?
Perhaps a different antifungal? Perhaps it is thrush, but resistent to the antifungal you used.
Circumcision is not the answer. Balanitis happens to circumcised guys, too. It is guesswork on the part of the doctor, and roulette with your body.
If it was thrush, yeast, whatever you want to call it, it would tend to get worse when you were on antibacterials. When you said that it got worse when you tried fuscidin, it fits the profile of yeast.
holy crap, this is happening to me too. I thought i was the only person. I've had this same on-going issue for the past 3 1/2 months now. I used some walgreens yeast infection cream, that didn't help, then got some prescription cream from my doc, that didn't help, then called back and told him i needed somethin else, and i got the generic pills for diflucan for one week. that didn't help either.
it sucks so bad and i don't know what to do. i don't wash with soap, i use a fan and a blow dryer at the same time after i get out of the shower, i sit around naked to let it dry out doesn't help. i don't have sex or masturbate anymore because that makes it flare up(and i dont want to give it to my g/f)
i wear shorts only now.
man if you find anything that helps or fixes this please please for the sake of my mental stability help me! this is driving me insane.
oh and maybe it started to look worse because if you put it through the hole on your underwear it just rubbed on your shorts and made it more irritated and itchy. just a thought.
I'm still getting nowhere with this. Using a hairdryer after showering and keeping the foreskin retracted does not seem to be doing the trick. You are quite correct that the doctor is guessing, as she has admitted she doesn't know what to do. Unfortunately, I am also getting nowhere with the referral to urology, as I imagine they have classified this as a low priority case.
I've had 3 swab tests now, none of which have shown any sign of thrush, but I'm willing to try other anti-fungals. The only one I know of is Cannestan: what else is avaliable?