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I'm a guy of 22 years old. After redness and itch of foreskin and glans i went to the doctor and he gave me an antifungi cream with cortison for a week and after that, two weeks of antifungi cream only. It seemed ok but after 3 days that i finished the cream the redness came back. So i contacted the doctor and he told me to start again for two weeks with the antifungi cream. After 10 days the redness of the glans disappear but i still have redness on the foreskin and i don't want to start again as before. I would like inform you that everithing started after an antibiotic therapy. Do you think that a need to start with antibiotics? I would say that i'm using a soap with ph 3.5 and in two weeks i had twice peeling. thanks

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Michael:

The fact that this responded to the antifungal cream suggests that its a fungal infection.  Fungal infections often get worse after antibiotics, so starting an antibiotic now may not be a good idea.  Since this is getting complicated, you might want to get an opinion from a dermatologist as they are the experts on skin lesions even on the penis.

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Stephen W. Leslie, MD

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Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.

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Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

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American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Publications
Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

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Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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