Which cream is best to apply to the glans for a candida albicans infection transmitted by his girlfriend?

25-year-old woman3 years ago
I contracted a vaginal infection after taking an antibiotic and I transmitted it to my spouse without knowing that I had it. I did a three-day treatment with the intravaginal cream canestin for my part and it was resolved. For my spouse, he applied the same canestin, the redness decreased on the skin, but the glans is more whitish. However, he has no pain or itching. Should he use a stronger cream than the one I bought? Should he consult a doctor? Thank you.
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Alexandre Chagnon · 3 years ago
Hello,
For men, the recommended treatment is indeed the over-the-counter Canestin 1% with an application 1 to 2 times a day for 7 days. The cream is applied after cleaning and drying the penis well.
Common symptoms in men with balanitis (Candidas Albicans fungal infection) are a red or patchy rash with or without discharges of thick whitish secretions. Some will also experience discomfort or itching. So its symptoms seem to be similar.
In more severe cases, taking an oral antifungal may be required. If the 7-day treatment is not enough, your spouse will need to see a doctor to make sure it is a fungal infection and get a prescription. However, I would suggest that you seek medical attention sooner if your spouse has diabetes or is on immune-lowering medications.
Finally, I'd like to mention that some of the over-the-counter antifungal creams are petroleum jelly or oil based, so they can decrease the effectiveness of the condom and cause it to break.
Hopefully this information will be helpful to you, please feel free to write me again if needed,
Andrée-Ann Parent, pharmacy student under the supervision of Alexandre Chagnon, pharmacist
25-year-old woman · 3 years ago
Thank you so much for your response. I have one last question: is swimming in our pool with chlorine not recommended or is it okay?
Alexandre Chagnon · 3 years ago
It's no problem :)
Happy day,
Alexandre Chagnon, pharmacist

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