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HomeAnswersDermatologycandidial balanitisMy penis is mildly swollen and discolored. Please help.

What is this mild swelling and discoloration on my penis?

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Published At April 7, 2016
Reviewed AtJune 29, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have discoloration on my penis. I do not have any pain. It is just a dark red and seems like peeling. It has been there since two days and there is mild swelling in that area. I have got this for the first time. Please help.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

You are suffering from candidial balanitis. Take the following medications:

  1. Tablet Apo-Fluconazole (AF) 150, one tablet daily for 10 days.
  2. Apply Candid B lotion (Clotrimazole and Beclomethasone dipropionate) twice daily.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for the reply.

I got Diflucan 150 as AF 150 was not available. I suppose both should be similar, but the pharmacist said one dose of 150 should be adequate. I just want to ensure do I need to take this tablet daily for 10 days. Are there a lot of side effects from this drug if taken for a long? Thank you.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

    No, one dose is not sufficient. Yes, Diflucan 150 (Fluconazole) is the same. It is considered one of the safest antifungals and can be even given to children. For candidiasis, the recommended regimen is for 7 to 10 days.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Atishay Bukharia
Dr. Atishay Bukharia


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