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Old 10-30-2004, 05:29 AM   #1
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Red penis and swollen foreskin

Can anyone give me advice? A few weeks back I found a small patch of red skin on the tip of my penis. I smeared some antiseptic cream on it but it didn't do much and after a week the whole head of my penis was covered in red patches (they weren't sore) but it really itched so I ended up constantly scratching my crotch.

I did some research and ended up with the conclusion that I had a yeast / fungal infection and I bought some cream (Canesten) from the chemist. This temporality cleared the red patches up but now my foreskin feels as though it has become puffy and swollen at its tip (although it doesnít look it). This is not a problem when I'm soft, but when I become erect I am unable to pull my foreskin back over the entire head of my penis before the little flap of skin at the back of the head feels like it being stretched to it limit. Masturbation is uncomfortable and sex is out of the question. The red patches are also starting to reappear, as is the itch.

I realise that my next step should be going to the doctor but wanted to know if anyone else had had a similar experience, what they thought was causing it and how to get rid of it.

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Old 10-30-2004, 05:41 AM   #2
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Re: Red penis and swollen foreskin

I would definitely go to the doctor. It may be a yeast infection. I have had a yeast infection on my penis before--got from my wife--and the foreskin did swell and itch. I don't remember the red patches though. Good luck.

Old 11-07-2004, 07:45 PM   #3
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Re: Red penis and swollen foreskin

I've had a yeast infection in the past with sympoms very similair to what you described.

I went to multiple doctors and most of them pre-scribed anti-fungal creams but nothing seemed to really do anything. As is typical of North American doctors the Urologist even reccomended circumcision.

Finally I found an elderly British doctor (at a walk in clinic) that said "Yeast thrives in dark wet areas. Instead of all these medications why don't you just try keeping it as dry as you possibly can?". I bought a hair dryer and every day after getting out of the shower and again before bed at night I used it (on the cool setting) to completely dry the head of the penis... Within a week it had improved dramatically. Within 2 weeks the problem had completly gone away (I'd been sufferring for almost a year).

Not sure if it'll work for you - but I thought I'd share it because for me it was a "miracle cure".

Old 11-08-2004, 01:42 AM   #4
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Re: Red penis and swollen foreskin

Well I've been to the doctor and he diagnoised thrush and he gave me a tablet and some cream. This has helped in a way and the swelling has gone down a bit but I've now found some solid hard lumps in the forsekin at the top. This has got my mind working in overdrive as to whether this could be something more serious (no-one likes lumps!) Apart from the itch it is painful to pull the foreskin over the head of the penis - espceially when erect - which is annoying and it has also put a stop to any sex - not a good thing! Another visit to the doc may be in order. However I have read a few interesting reports about cutting back on sugars and increasing my intake of natural bio-yogurts. Well it can't help trying. Thanks for your help advice - but any other suggestions always appreciated

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