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Q. Is fungal infection the main cause for losing skin on my penis?

Answered by
Dr. Samer S J Altawil
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 11, 2021

Hi doctor,

Before two weeks, I had sex for the first time without a condom. Three days ago, I noticed that the head of my penis, which is folded from inside, is irritated. I am losing skin on my penis, there is every day a layer that is becoming very soft, and then I clean it by removing it (just by rubbing it). I am not too worried about wanting to know what it is and find a solution. The girl I had sex with also feels an irritation on the skin of her genital organs. I am planning to make an appointment to check for STD. I do not know how long it will take, as COVID-19 makes everything more complicated.

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Hi,

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The most common cause will be a fungal infection, and the treatment will be with Canesten cream (Clotrimazole) to apply twice daily for a week. But since the lady is also symptomatic, it is better to go for STD (sexually transmitted disease) screening for both partners. STD screening will include swab for gonococcal and chlamydial infections (blood test for herpes, syphilis, hepatitis B). Please use the Canesten cream, then perform the required tests and follow up with results.


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