Genital Hygiene

Maintaining good genital hygiene helps prevent infection and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. Wash your genitals with mild soap and water. Avoid using fragrant and harsh soaps and hot water to clean your genital area. Always pat dry with a soft towel and avoid rubbing the area.

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I suffer from recurrent urinary tract infections for a year. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a female of 23 years old. I have been getting recurrent UTIs for the past two years. My urine culture at first showed bacteria, but now they are not showing that I have an infection. I also used to be pain-free for one to two days after starting antibiotics. But, during the last thre...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushma Shah

HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are a known case of recurrent urinary tract infection. Both the partners have to take treatment. My advice is to drink plenty of liquids and eat citrus fruits like lemon, orange, musambi, kiwi, gooseberry, etc. Avoid spicy, fried and junk food. Take light blend di...  Read Full »

How can you contract candidal balanitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 63-year-old male. I have been smoking for 35 years, and I am uncircumcised. I remember having very few rashes in the past, either cleared up by itself or with an ointment. I cannot recall all details because it was many years ago. I noticed this past rash because I felt like a tin...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query, but the photographs you sent (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) are very hazy. Please send me perfect quality photographs to conclude. Nevertheless, at first instance, it is not going in favor of penile carcinom...  Read Full »

How to clean my penis?

Query: Hi doctor, My penis foreskin remains red with swelling. Sometimes, I get a cut after masturbation. What to do? I have some small dots inside my penis head and sometimes I get some white smelling discharge from it. So I clean my foreskin using warm water. Kindly suggest.  Read Full »


Dr. Parth Singh

Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Genital hygiene is the key to protect from all venereal diseases. Cleaning the head of the penis daily after exposing it completely by retracting the foreskin is necessary. Whitish bad-smelling discharge occurs due to a collection of bacteria and dead cells. It has ...  Read Full »

What are the causes for hair follicle infection in the genital parts?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from recurring vaginal boils for over a week now. They are very painful. I have tried applying Neosporin ointment, but it does not seem to work. What should I do to treat them? Can I take antibiotics to treat them?  Read Full »


Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I would like to know if these boils are associated with itching and redness. Also, is there any vaginal discharge with a foul smell? Are these boils at the base of your hair follicles? Did you shave or wax in the recent past? Is there an...  Read Full »

What is penile melanosis, and what is its management?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a black spot on the pink skin of my penis opening but not on the penis head. I noticed it today, and there is no pain or irritation, but still, I am terrified. Can you please let me know what the issue is? I have no previous history of the same problem or have taken any tests or me...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a black spot on the penis. According to the picture provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), you suffer from penile melanosis. It ...  Read Full »

What causes boils in the genital region?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31-year-old married female. There is no other man in my life. I have been noticing three boils near my vagina for the last two months. They have not grown in size. It is like small white pus without pain. Itching is there in almost the whole body for the last three to four days. I...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and will surely help you. I went through the details shared, and I wish to assure you that things are fine. Do not panic. Can you please tell me about your menstrual history? From when are you taking medicines for PCOS (polycystic ovarian ...  Read Full »

Can long-term use of antibiotics cause vaginal thrush?

Query: Hi doctor, I thought I had thrush due to antibiotics for UTI. But I think it is either a severe yeast infection or ingrown hairs. I have one small lump with a red sore and a smaller one next to it with a fissure at the top near my clitoris. I had an ingrown hair last week and pulled it out, and it ...  Read Full »


Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your history and the picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), I think it is an infection of ingrown hairs. Also, you have caused trauma in that region with a tweezer. Two minor lacerations are seen. This is the cause of the pain. Things you ...  Read Full »

Is COVID vaccine contraindicated during a vaginal infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old female with a weight of 60 kgs and a height of 5'5 feet. I have a recurrent vaginal yeast infection, and it started five months ago. I even consulted the doctor, and she prescribed tablet Diflucan one dose 150 mg. A vaginal swap report also proved the infection. Sym...  Read Full »


Dr. Manisha Auradkar Raghunath Auradkar

General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. We should treat vaginal yeast infection properly with appropriate medications. You said that you stopped the medications due to the fear of their adverse effects on kidneys. Your doctor would have suggested the medication considering al...  Read Full »

What is balanitis and how is it treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old male, and I am sexually inactive. I have bright red patches on the penis glans and foreskin for many years. I used tablet Augmentin 625 for seven days, but it did not go away completely. It sometimes itches but not much. A little white fluid comes near the red patch...  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly attach a picture of the lesion so that I can diagnose it and guide accordingly. Also, please provide the following details: Do you have history of circumcision? Is your penile hygiene improper? Are the lesions itchy? Are there recurrent episodes of balaniti...  Read Full »

What causes yeast infection in the anus?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past three days, I am having excessive thirst and frequent urination. The feeling to urinate is always urgent. Sometimes the urine quantity is normal, and sometimes it is in drops. Also, my left hand - ring finger and middle finger appears slightly swollen in the middle. Kindly l...  Read Full »


Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. All the symptoms you are describing are related to a urinary infection. Kindly let me know the following details so that I can help you with your problem. Do you have any white discharge from the vagina? Is there any itching sensation around your urethra and va...  Read Full »

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