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Medication for fungal infection in the genital area - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have recently developed small, dark itchy spots around my genitals that when are dry, leave a dark powdery substance. While it is not painful, it is worrisome and extremely itchy. I am curious to know what this might be and how I might be able to 'cure' it.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Good Afternoon.
Doctor :   I am based in Bangalore
User :   So, Good Morning.
Doctor :   good evening to you
Doctor :   how long have u had this issues ?
User :   I am in Japan. It's 11:45am. Are you able to give me some advice?
User :   About two weeks.
Doctor :   this could be due to a fungal infection
Doctor :   called dermatophyte infection
User :   OK ... How might I have got it and what might I be able to do about it?
Doctor :   you can use a antifungal medication
Doctor :   this could include a dosage of fluconazole
Doctor :   or a topical cream of fluconazole
User :   Can it be caused by a lot of sweating in the genital area? And, can I buy the medication you have suggested 'over the counter?
Doctor :   excess sweat collection can cause growth of fungi,
Doctor :   yes, you can get the medication OTC
Doctor :   you can also take a dose of any antihistamine like zyrtec, which can reduce the itching
User :   Well, what you have told me here is a relief. I was a bit concerned that it might have been VD. Before our time runs out, are you able to give some advice about what I can do in the meantime (until) I can get to a chemist, and to prevent it again.
Doctor :   this is not a VD
Doctor :   good hygiene is very important in preventing recurrance
Doctor :   apply some ice or cold packs in the area to reduce the itching
User :   This chat has definitely been worth it. And has saved an embarrassing trip to a doctor.
Doctor :   and you need to remember that fungal infections can be resistant, and it might re surface again
Doctor :   so a re application of the ointment will be most helpful
Doctor :   You are most welcome
User :   Ouch. OK. I will take what you have advised to heart.
User :   Thank you very very much.
Doctor :   you are welcome
User :   A good day to you. Bye
Doctor :   take care and good afternoon
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