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What causes phimosis head red, itchy and swollen after a circumcision?

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Posted on Mon, 23 May 2016
Question: Hi.
I'am circumsized but I have symtoms of phimosis head red and itchy and underneath and swollen at times
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Most likely a fungal infection.

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

Most likely you have a yeast or fungal infection of the skin of the penis. Fungal infections can happen anywhere on the body but especially like dark warm moist places.

Without the advantage of seeing a picture of the rash, I will assume it is yeast/fungal infection and provide information accordingly.

Wash daily with warm water and soap. A soap that does not have fragrance is best. Also, you do not want to use an antibacterial soap as this will kill the good bacteria that keep the other microorganisms in check. After washing, dry gently and then consider using a hair dryer on the low setting to dry it completely.

Then apply anti fungal cream. You can get this at the drug store. I suggest miconazole (Lotrimin) as this is good for both candida (yeast) and tinea (fungi). Use this 2x/day for 10 days.

If you don't already, wear loose fitting cotton undershorts to allow increased air flow and less moisture.

If this plan doesn't resolve the rash, then do go in to see a doctor.

Please let me know if I can provide further information or clarification.
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What causes phimosis head red, itchy and swollen after a circumcision?

Brief Answer: Most likely a fungal infection. Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome, Most likely you have a yeast or fungal infection of the skin of the penis. Fungal infections can happen anywhere on the body but especially like dark warm moist places. Without the advantage of seeing a picture of the rash, I will assume it is yeast/fungal infection and provide information accordingly. Wash daily with warm water and soap. A soap that does not have fragrance is best. Also, you do not want to use an antibacterial soap as this will kill the good bacteria that keep the other microorganisms in check. After washing, dry gently and then consider using a hair dryer on the low setting to dry it completely. Then apply anti fungal cream. You can get this at the drug store. I suggest miconazole (Lotrimin) as this is good for both candida (yeast) and tinea (fungi). Use this 2x/day for 10 days. If you don't already, wear loose fitting cotton undershorts to allow increased air flow and less moisture. If this plan doesn't resolve the rash, then do go in to see a doctor. Please let me know if I can provide further information or clarification.