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Here's my recent experience...

I'm a 34 year old uncircumcised male.

About a month ago, I noticed some mild itchiness and chafing when I pulled back my foreskin. I've had it before, but this time it didn't go away after a day or two. The symptoms were itchiness, redness and some white "blotches" (not smegma) on the glans and the skin immediately beneath the glans.

About a week later, I went to the doctor and he diagnosed me with a yeast infection. He prescribed to me a cream that's a combination hydrocordisone (1% PWD) and Clotrimazole CR (1%). (Clotrimazole is found in your typical vaginal yeast infection creams.) I applied the cream for a week and was unsuccessful. Perhaps I wasn't applying it as "sparingly" at first, but my penis wasn't improving. The cream would soothe the itch, but I knew when it was time to cleanse and reapply because the itchy, angry redness would come back. I also had the unfortunate luck of suffering a small cut on the frenulum of my foreskin due -- I guess -- to the rawness of my skin. This made cleansing and applying the cream difficult and painful, especially when retracting my foreskin.

So I did some homework and saw that a few sites suggested adding a bit of vinegar to the cream. I bought an eyedropper at the local pharmacy and put two drops of vinegar on a dab of the Clotrimazole cream, mixed it together and applied it as sparingly as possible to my penis. I also applied the cream -- sparingly -- to the outer skin on my penis. This seemed to work.

I also went to the local health food store and stocked up on high potency probiotics. Buying probiotics in capsule form -- over just plain yogurt form -- is more effective. That said, you can get high-potency fermented milk at your local health food store where one jar is equivalent to 100 containers of yogurt. I stuck with the probiotics in capsule form. The jar I bought says: "Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotic - 8 Specific strains to improve yeast imbalance". A book I purchased suggests that for a yeast infection to make sure the probiotics contain, along with L. acidophilus, the following bacterial strains: L. rhamnosus, L. fermentum, L. delbrueckii and L. plantarum. I was lucky to find one that had L. rhamnosus and L. plantarum. I started taking that immediately. I was also sure to adjust my diet... cutting back on refined foods, sugars, wheat, breads and cutting out -- groan -- alcohol.

Things were getting considerably better, but the redness and itching was still recurring, albeit less regularly if I didn't keep applying the cream. Also, the cut was still there.

Two weeks after my initial visit, I returned to see my doctor. He looked at my penis and remarked that the yeast infection had gone, but was puzzled by the redness. He told me to stop using the Clotrimazole cream and started me on a new cream called Betaderm 0.1% (Betamethasone Valerate)... a higher potency steroid cream to help settle the irritation. I'm on day 4 of this and the redness and irritation is practically gone. I asked him about the cut and he said that it will heal once the irritation is solved and I stop applying cream.

Sorry for the long, drawn out narrative. It's not over... but I think I'm finally on the right track. Good luck! I'm praying for you and, frankly, your foreskin. (It's a very easy way out for a doctor to suggest circumcision.)

I also think you may want to consult a naturopath to discuss your eating habits relative to the apparent yeast imbalance in your system to prevent future flareups.

All the best!