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Itching on penis and sides of it. What medication is recommended?

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Posted on Wed, 3 Oct 2012
Question: i have bad itching on penis and sides of it, can you please suggest what medication i need to do
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Answered by Dr. S. Murugan (3 hours later)
Hi XXXXXXX,

Thanks for posting your query.

ITCHING on penis and its sides is most probably due to ring worm infection (Dermatophytes).

It is easily curable with appropriate antifungal antibiotics both topical and systemic and anti-histamines for itching. Both have to be continued for at least 4 weeks to prevent recurrences on the advice of your Dermatologist.

You may try an over the counter available ointment like Candid or clotrimazole twice daily on the affected parts for 4 weeks.

Avoid sharing your clothes, towel, and soaps with others and avoid bathing in common pool. Use cotton inner-wears and avoid tight clothing and its continuous use more than 10-12 hours.

The other possibilities are seborrheic Dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis and may be due to ecto-parasites. These can be differentiated well by your dermatologist, and all can be easily managed well and he/she will help you recover fast.

Please do write back in case you have follow up queries to ask.

Get well soon.
Dr S.Murugan

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Follow up: Dr. S. Murugan (10 hours later)
sir,

do i need to use this "ointment like Candid or clotrimazole twice daily" or else any more ointment required..
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Answered by Dr. S. Murugan (4 hours later)
Hi,
You can use clotrimazole cream twice daily for at least 4 weeks preferably with an oral anti-fungal like Flucanazole. Since Fluconazole is a prescription drug, please see your physician and get it prescribed. You can also take Tablet Cetrizine 10 mg one tablet once daily till your itching is relieved.
Avoid a common dip bath and not to share your towel/bed sheets with anybody.
Regards
Dr S.Murugan
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Itching on penis and sides of it. What medication is recommended?

Hi XXXXXXX,

Thanks for posting your query.

ITCHING on penis and its sides is most probably due to ring worm infection (Dermatophytes).

It is easily curable with appropriate antifungal antibiotics both topical and systemic and anti-histamines for itching. Both have to be continued for at least 4 weeks to prevent recurrences on the advice of your Dermatologist.

You may try an over the counter available ointment like Candid or clotrimazole twice daily on the affected parts for 4 weeks.

Avoid sharing your clothes, towel, and soaps with others and avoid bathing in common pool. Use cotton inner-wears and avoid tight clothing and its continuous use more than 10-12 hours.

The other possibilities are seborrheic Dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis and may be due to ecto-parasites. These can be differentiated well by your dermatologist, and all can be easily managed well and he/she will help you recover fast.

Please do write back in case you have follow up queries to ask.

Get well soon.
Dr S.Murugan