How Long Does Rashes On Penis Take To Resolve?
Sounds like it is getting better.
Hello and welcome,
I don't think anything that you described sounds alarming.
The medications you are using, lotriderm, is a combination anti fungal (for yeast) and corticosteroid (for inflammation); the fucidin is a topical antibiotic for bacteria.
It sounds like the infection and inflammation are clearing up. It may take a week to see.
Sometimes yeast infections can come back, so if the redness starts to return sometime after treatment, you may need an additional course of anti fungal (but likely not the combination with the corticosteroid as there may not be as much inflammation as you started with this time).
I hope this information helps.
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It would be safe to continue 2x/day
I think it would be reasonable to continue the Lotriderm at 2x/day for the full course of treatment so that you get adequate amount of the anti fungal medicine. If you need further treatment beyond the 7 days, however, (which it doesn't sound like you will be needing), I'd advise an anti fungal cream that is is not combined with a corticosteroid (unless the rash were to get highly inflamed again).
I think you are on the mend.
Yes, continue 2x/day
It looks considerably less red and angry in the second picture so yes, I would say it is healing. But I would advise continuing the full course at 2x/day.
The fucidin is for bacterial infections rather than fungi. Your doctor probably prescribed it to cover all bases, and because if a rash is open or weeping, there is more chance for it to get colonized by bacteria as well.
At this point I don't think the Fucidin is necessary, but if your doctor recommended it for a certain number of days, you should probably finish the course.
Yes, it takes time for fungal infections to resolve. In general, they clear less quickly compared with bacterial infections.
I'd recommend using the Lotriderm for a total of 7 days.
I would not recommend using the Lotriderm beyond 7 days because of the steroid component.
After 7 days (total), you will probably not need anything, but if you find that the rash is getting worse, then switch to an anti yeast/antifungal only, without the combination with steroid.
I imagine one of the doctors you've seen has probably talked with you about reducing risk factors, but if not, be sure to reduce or eliminate sugar, high fructose corn syrup, starchy white flour foods, and alcohol. At least while you are recovering from this infection. Also, if you have a female sexual partner, she should be treated for a vaginal yeast infection so that she does not reinfect you when you resume sexual relations.
Will taking Probiotics help in my recovery?
Also the doctor had recommended that after washing with warm water that i thoroughly dry the area with a towel and a hair dryer as an aid. I do this 2X a day. Do you have any other care instructions?
Thanks for answering all my questions. I also should probably stop looking at it at every moment and be more patient
Yes, hot tubs can be a source of a variety of skin infections unfortunately.
I think taking probiotics can't hurt, and it might help. There is considerable literature on the use of probiotics for vulvovaginal candidiasis. I was not able to find which strains of probiotics are best for male candidiasis. You can eat a good quality of unsweetened yogurt, and also you can take a multistrain probiotic preparation. Best if it is refrigerated.
The use of a hair dryer to make sure the skin is completely dry is a very good idea. I'd also suggest cotton boxer underwear and clothes that are loose enough to allow air and decreased moisture.
If you get sweaty, such as after working out, take a shower then to wash off sweat and so that you can get completely dry.
In general, I tell people with any skin irritation to avoid:
scented soaps and detergents and laundry dryer sheets
antibacterial soap (messes with your normal microbiota)
One other thing: the appearance of the rash may not be 100% gone by day 7 when you complete the course of medicine, but it should be much less, and over the following days you will see it fade further.