Originally Posted by BigBollox
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.)