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netegg88
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"fungus on penis??"
 
   Just wondering if anyone got fungus on the penis...
Unfortunately I got it. and it's really hard to cure. Tried Lotromin AT. Seems to get it under control, but then it comes back after a few weeks. What can be done???
Thanks.

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smile_doc
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1. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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   have you thought about going to see a doctor??????

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bluesky6
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2. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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   How could you get it?

By the way, you can try to use Lamisil cream or Reclaim liquid. It will take at most 2 weeks to cure it completely.

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3. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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   Never "on" my penis, but I've had enough cases of jock-itch over the years to know what works. The "fungus you're referring to is probably the same fungus that causes jock-itch, athletes foot, nail fungus and ringworm. Most of the over the counter products work fairly well, but now and then guys get a case they just can't get rid of. I went to my doctor the only time I've had jock itch and he prescribed a cream called:

Clotrimazole and Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream USP, 1%/0.05% (base)

He gave me a tube big enough to last my entire family the rest of our lives. I kid you not, the jock itch was entirely gone in 3 days and no sign it was ever there.

Just suck it up and go see the doctor. He'll know what to do. Ask him for this cream. I swear by it.

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4. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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   If you really have a fungal infection on your penis, then your are immunocompromised. Seek direct medical help.

If you have persistent jock itch on scrotum & penis, then many OTC options available. Try blending your favorite hydrocortisone cream with your favorite fungal cream.

Alternatively, try using a powder--antifungal or not--to try to keep the area dry. Basically, you are sweating too much in this region. A specific antipersipirant for your area will work too. If you keep the region dry, then the fungus cannot grow. Root cause eliminated and the problem will diminish in frequency and severity.

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cameron
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5. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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   Right...WOW

Wear cotton underwear with room only and not too binding...

Use that powder and take immune-boosting and antifungal medication orally...

Cream on the penis sounds messy...

Sincerely Yours......Cameron

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Eliza_darling
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7. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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   My vote is for Nizoral, which is a step up from Clotrimazole....

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6. "fungus on penis?? - What is candidiasis?"
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Hope this helps. If you haven't already, schedule a follow-up visit with your personal physician.

Helpful links:

1/ http://www.schoolscience.co.uk/content/4/biology/abpi/diseases/disease6.html

2/ http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/imagepages/1053.htm

Cheers,
- blue thrills

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What is candidiasis?

Candidiasis is a condition caused by the fungus Candida albicans. It is also known as a yeast infection. It may infect the vagina, mouth, and moist areas on the skin.

How does it occur?
It is normal to have some fungus on the body. Bacteria normally on and in the body usually keep the fungus population under control. However, sometimes growth of the fungus increases and causes an infection.

There are several situations in which the fungus may overgrow or multiply. For example, antibiotic medication may destroy the bacteria that keep fungus levels down. Disorders and conditions that cause hormonal changes, such as menopause, pregnancy, or taking birth control pills, may also cause the fungus to grow.

Yeast infections are often associated with diabetes, especially when the blood sugar is not well controlled. Recurring or stubborn cases of vaginal candidiasis may sometimes be an early sign of diabetes. Less commonly, persistent yeast infections can be an early sign of HIV infection. Drugs that suppress the body's defense system (such as the drugs used to treat AIDS) also allow the fungus to grow and spread.

Candidiasis usually is not spread by sexual intercourse.

What are the symptoms?
In the vagina candidiasis causes a discharge that is thick and white and looks like paste or cottage cheese. Other symptoms women commonly have are:

• itching
• redness of the outer part of the vagina (the vulva)
• irritation when urinating.

Some women infected with Candida have no symptoms.
In men, the fungus can cause swelling and redness on the penis and foreskin. Yeast infections of the penis are more common when the penis is uncircumcised.

If the mouth is infected, the lining of the mouth is often red and sore. Sometimes the fungus causes white spots and patches on the tongue and cheek lining. This is called "thrush." The fungus can cause creamy-yellow, raised sores on the mouth.

On the skin (including skin with diaper rash), candidiasis produces an itchy red rash. Often the rash is a red patch with small red bumps around it.

How is it diagnosed?
Your health care provider will take your medical history and examine you. He or she may also order tests for yeast in samples collected from the mouth or vagina on swabs. A few cells scraped from a skin rash may show yeast when viewed under a microscope.

How is it treated?
Your health care provider will prescribe medication for infections caused by Candida albicans. Medications are available as creams to put on the skin, tablets to be taken by mouth for rashes, and as tablets and creams to be put in the vagina.

How long will the effects last?
With proper treatment, the infection will clear up in a few days to a week.

How can I take care of myself?
If you have vaginal candidiasis, follow these guidelines:

• Avoid sexual intercourse until the infection clears.
• Follow the full treatment prescribed by your health care provider.
• After urinating, wipe gently to avoid irritation.
• Avoid high-sugar diets.
• Use unscented soaps.
• Avoid using douches and other chemicals, such as bubble bath or hygiene spray, in the vaginal area unless recommended by your health care provider.
• Take a shower instead of a bath. Pat the genital area dry.
• Wear cotton underwear to allow ventilation and to keep the area drier.
• Lose weight if you are obese (20% over normal weight).
• If you are a diabetic, maintain a normal blood sugar.
• Try eating yogurt. Some women find that daily yogurt prevents yeast overgrowth.

If you have been diagnosed previously with a candidiasis infection, you may want to use a nonprescription yeast medicine the next time you have a yeast infection.

Examples of such medicines are miconozole nitrate (Monistat-7) and clotrimazole (Gyne-Lotrimin, Mycelex-7, and FemCare).

CAUTION: See your health care provider promptly if you have repeated yeast infections within a 2-month period or a yeast infection that persists despite treatment. Let your provider help you be certain that yeast infection is the problem and, if it is, to determine why it's not responding to treatment.

What can be done to prevent candidiasis from occurring?
To prevent candidiasis, follow these guidelines:

• Keep moist areas of the body cool and dry.
• Avoid wearing a wet bathing suit or damp clothing for long periods of time.
• Avoid frequent douching.
• Avoid bubble baths (scented or unscented).
• Avoid wearing underwear made from nylon or other nonventilating materials.
• Add yogurt to your diet.
• Avoid frequent or prolonged use of oral antibiotics if possible.

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human_genome
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8. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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   One caveat is to make sure you have a fundal infection.

If so generally recc Lamsil because it is for the most part except for Candida (yeast) cidal against most of the fungus. Cidal means it kills it rather than stopping growth. The key to all these drugs is to treat for a long period of time. This is critical particulalrly for a azoles (micatin, clotrimazole, etc) because you basically stop growth (static) and have to wait to shed and grow another layer of skin to toally remove the fungus, since it is not dead. Since you are not responding to Lotrimine (an azole) assumming you have diagnosed yourself correctly, Lamsil is goos in that it will pick up other fungas better than Lotrimin (see below).

the other thing you don't memtion is where the infection is- are you uncircusized?if the fungus is under the foreskin make sure you are clean and dry at all times- and maybe consider the antifungal powders (check that they don't have corn starch).

Medical history- check with your doc- things like diabetes, put glucose (sugur) in the urine and predispose to fungal/cadidal infections.

Lamsil (terbinafine)clip:
Terbinafine hydrochloride is a synthetic allylamine antifungal agent.
Terbinafine is active in vitro against many fungi (including dermatophytic [e.g., Trichophyton, Microsporum, Epidermophyton], filamentous [e.g., Aspergillus], dimorphic [e.g., Blastomyces], and dematiaceous types) as well as yeasts,with an antifungal spectrum of activity similar to that of naftifine, although differences in specific in vitro and in vivo activity on weight and pharmacodynamic bases exist.Terbinafine usually is fungicidal in action against susceptible dermatophytes, Aspergillus, Blastomyces, Histoplasma, and certain other fungi and yeasts but is only fungistatic against Candida, including C. albicans.Terbinafine is more active than azole (including imidazole) derivatives (e.g., ketoconazole, itraconazole) against dermatophytes (e.g., Epidermophyton floccosum, Microsporum spp., Trichophyton spp.but is less active than these drugs against Candida spp. As with other antifungals, however, it remains to be established whether in vitro susceptibility tests accurately reflect in vivo (clinical) activity for various fungi.

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netegg88
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9. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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   Wow, thanks for all the replies!
So, more on my conditions: when I first saw some redness on my penis (uncircumsized), I went to see my physician. She had me checked for some STD which turned out to be negative. She told me to use some cream such as Lotromin. I tried but it was not very effective. I then bought Lamisil AT, which is much more effective. I kept using it for over a week and it seems everything is fine. During the time I tried to keep the penis clean and dry. You know it's not easy because my foreskin covers the entire penis. Then I paid less attension to it since I thought it's cured. But then the redness came back. Used Lamisil AT again and the redness disappeared again. I called the doctor and she says that I just have to keep the area dry, use baby powder, and the only other way is to take some oral anti-fungal medicine which could damage my livers. She has never really checked and made sure if what I got is indeed fungal infection. It's only based on the fact that Lamisil seems to be able to get rid of it. Now, should I ask the doctor to give me Clotrimazole and Betamethasone Dipropionate Cream USP, 1%/0.05% (base) as recommended by northbay? Or am I going to live the rest of my life applying powders and cream on my penis???
By the way, I do have fungus infection on my toe and some times on the hands. I believe it got to my penis through the towel after shower...

I do appreciate all your replies. You guys are really kind and knowledgeable.

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cameron
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10. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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   You can take Oral Lamisil and suffer side effects such as GI Upset and Elevated Liver Emzymes over the long haul...

I would get circumsized and end the whole mess...

I have assisted in OR with mature male circumcisions and it is ok...

Then your problem will go away..at least with under the foreskin...

Just do not touch your eyes or mouth area with fingers if you have a breakout...

Oral Lamisil to treat the Toenails sometimes takes 6 months or more...and that is with applying the cream also...

Good Luck....with your dilemma...let us know how you do with all this...

Sincerely Yours......Cameron

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DavePostmoderator
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11. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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Can't you use anti-fungus powder? When I get athletes foot, I always use powder. The cream leaves me toes feeling really sticky. The powder not only contains anti-fungal medication, it also contains somthing (beside the powder itself) to help keep you dry.

-DP

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12. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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LAST EDITED ON 21-May-04 AT 06:20 PM (PST)
 
Before doing anything drastic, I would consult with another physician. From what you state, it appears that your current physician hasn't fully examined you to ascertain the root cause for your problem. If you haven't had a physical in a while - GET ONE! Why? That way, if there are other health related issues - you nip things in the bud.

These days, a single type of medication covers a plethora of ailments...

Circumcision in adults is painful, and should be your last resort. Depending upon your threshhold for pain, it may take anywhere from 5 to 7 days post surgery to be able to get back into full swing of things.

However, I for one don't see the need if you take good care of cleaning your equipment. Maybe stating the obvious ... but, during your showers use an anti-bacterial soap. Make sure you pay special attention is soaping/lathering your genitalia, especially the surface area near the tip. Push back on your foreskin, and work up rich lather - rinse, and repeat.

Also, while you’re treating your penile fungus infection - you may want to consider using two separate towels. One for the penis, and the other one for the rest of your body. Use a fresh towel every day for your penis. Ensure that you clean the surface area thoroughly. Pull back the foreskin, and get to a squeaky clean. Be careful not to use detergents that irritate skin.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
- blue thrills

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13. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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   I would take my penis to the dermatologist and have them look at it. They deal with skin all day and may be a little more specialized in that area than a general MD.

Au Revoir,
Ruby Tulips

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15. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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>I would take my penis to the dermatologist and have them
>look at it.

Is there something you're not telling us???

BoneDonor

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14. "In depth information"
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http://www.dph.sf.ca.us/HealthInfo/std_fung.htm

Good luck!


-Kimi_Kimi
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16. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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   I personally would not add the betamethasone cream- it might help the initial symptoms, but if used too long will be antagonistic. Likely to be a fungus since it responds to Lamsil, since L works only on fungi. Some fungi are pretty well anchored into the dermis, such as athletes foot- many recommend treating for long periods, i.e. 3 weeks to basically attenuate the fungus until you grow a whole new layer of skin. My guess from what you say is that you might not have the typical candida (yeast) under the forskin- but spread of Tinea spp from feet or hands to the penis, which probably would require longer treatment with L.

Since you have by your estimation fungus on your hands and feet be careful with the towel after showering since you have fungus on your feet, dry your feet with the towell last.

If masterbating use a glove, or better yet a partners hand or other anatomical part.

Consider seeing a dermatologist and at least get a skin scapping with KOH prep under the microscope for visual examination for fungi, this is very standard, but alot of the "newer" generalists when clocking at 15-20 min per patient do not take the time to do this simple test.

Ask you doc to make sure you don't have anything abnormal in the urine which feed the fungus, such as glucose (sugar) or a fungus itself. Of course clean the area well before applying the cream. After applying the cream- after urinating blot the head of your penis with a little toilet paper to not leave residual uring which will feed the fungus.

Inbox me, I'll give you my current ATF- please do not go see her (lol). seriously, be careful spreading the fungus on your hands and feet.

genome

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17. "RE: fungus on penis??"
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   Are you diabetic? Are you uncircumcised? Either way, I agree that you should see a doctor. Antifungals will hopefully work. You might also eliminate refined sugar. That's what fungus in your body lives on.

Arla Grace
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