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Old 09-17-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Redness on foreskin

Symptoms:

I have been suffering from redness on the inside of my foreskin on and off for over two years. The symptoms are as follows:

1. I get a redness on the inside top of my foreskin (uncircumcized)
2. Sometimes the redness manifests itself on the head of my penis (it's more like red blotches around the tip and half way down the penis head)
3. The above happens on and off there does not seems to be any pattern to it. I can be OK for several weeks and it will suddenly return
4. These "attacks" can last up to 4-5 days at a time. If particularly severe i.e. accompanied by itching (which is NOT always the case) I will apply a clotrimazole cream (this is the active ingredient of Canestan used for treatment of yeast infections) this seems to calm things down

I went along to an STD clinic a couple of years back when these symptoms first appeared but the doctors could not find anything wrong. I was tested for: Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea and HIV all tests came back negative. Still I am curious to know if anyone else has suffered from similar symptoms.

Background:

The symptoms started a couple of years back when I returned from South America with Pneumonia. At the time the Dr gave me some strong antibiotics to clear the Pneumonia. Whether it is a coincidence or not the redness on my foreskin started within a few days of completing the treatment.

Once I recovered from the Pneumonia I had sex with my wife who immediately got what appeared to be a case of thrush (I say "appeared" as she got cured by using Canestan). My wife's immediate thought was that I had been "playig around" while on my business trip which is NOT true. So you could say that I was in a bit of a sticky situation.

I still suffer from this particular problem as I simply cannot get rid of it - I've tried everything so I'm resigned to managing the symptoms when they reappear.

Does anyone out there have same / similar problem?

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Old 09-17-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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Cool Re: Redness on foreskin

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At the time the Dr gave me some strong antibiotics to clear the Pneumonia. Whether it is a coincidence or not the redness on my foreskin started within a few days of completing the treatment.

Once I recovered from the Pneumonia I had sex with my wife who immediately got what appeared to be a case of thrush (I say "appeared" as she got cured by using Canestan).
An observation: antibiotics kills off both the bad and good bacteria. In the absence of good bacteria as competitors, tissues (with any consumable residues that could sustain bacteria) are very susceptible to random bacteria or fungus (like thrush) settling in (think: warm, moist petri dish setting, nutrients + no competitors, = the welcome mat's laid down for visitors). You may have acquired a yeast infection and passed it to your wife imo. I mean, fungus spores are pretty much everywhere and on everything.

eg. here's what the mayoclinic site has to say:
"Oral thrush and other Candida infections can occur when your immune system is weakened by disease or drugs such as prednisone, or when antibiotics disturb the natural balance of microorganisms in your body. "

And if your immune system is pretty weak, I think this could prove to be a challenging infection to clear up. (The mayoclinic website discusses 'thrush' quite well for background info.)

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Old 09-17-2013, 09:21 PM   #3
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Re: Redness on foreskin

Thanks for the post Soundsfamiliar. I was vaguely aware of the link between antibiotics and the onset of a yeast infection. Nevertheless, the Mayo clinic piece was informative.

However, this does not explain why the symptoms keep recurring. I am fit and in good health in other words there is no way that my immune system is compromised. So I suppose my point is that if the antibiotics killed off the "good flora" (for want of a better word, the good flora suppresses the yeast spores) and allowed candida to flourish, then why after 2 years has candida recurred but not the "good flora".

 
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'Thrush' if that's what it amounts to, can be pernacious even in healthy people once it's taken hold. You may have to continue your treatment way past (eg. double or triple the apparent duration that seems indicated) the obvious cessation of symptoms to have a good chance of ridding it from your body.

The initial infestation is the critically weak component of any fungal / bacterial invasion of a region that's already well dominated by existing (innocuous/friendly) flora. An occasional spore here or there starting up amongst of host of competition is facing a dodgy likelihood of creating a thriving colony seeking the same nourishment and that might even find it nourishing. But once a thriving colony's become established (much easier done in the absence of competition, one spore is free to propagate rapidly with the only hinderance being available food and space), competition finds it harder to replace it. I think that's the likely explanation.

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