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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Can I use Clotrimazole cream for my vaginal infection?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 20-years-old female. I am diagnosed with a vaginal yeast infection. Doctor gave me Clotrimazole cream, but she did not tell me when to use and how much time I should keep it in my vagina, and should I wash it after some time?Please tell me when I should apply it and how much time I sh...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Candid-V cream (Clotrimazole) for vaginal use comes with a vaginal applicator. So, kindly buy it with a vaginal applicator. With the applicator, fill up to the mark on it. Before applying, wash your intimate area and pat dry it. Lie ...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have pimples on the penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have tiny zits on the foreskin of my penis. I noticed one or two zits a few days back, and by yesterday it had spread a lot. I am not circumcised, and the zits appear to be on the foreskin close to the head of the penis. I have been sexually active with my girlfriend. Any insights on w...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The tiny pimples are small sebaceous cysts. It is a sebum collection of glands which is in the skin. The only thing to be done at this stage is observation. If they grow bigger, then the only treatment is to remove them surgically. There is no cream or lotion which c...  Read Full »

Even after taking Fluconazole, my genital rashes remains the same. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a rash on my genitals from a month. So, I went to a venereologist, who told me to take Fluconazole, one tablet for two weeks. As you can see by the photos attached, the rash is still the same even after a month. Please help me diagnose and treat my rashes.  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the rash pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like balanitis, which can be due to fungal infection or bacterial infection. The medications given to you were correct. I suggest you try applying Fusidic acid 2 % cream, Miconazole...  Read Full »

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

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