Several things to consider here:
Your girlfriend may have a mild yeast infection. Yeast is also
considered normal flora in the intestine? have you been having anal
sex? Have you or your girlfriend been taking antibiotics? Sometimes
people develop an overgrowth of yeast after a course of antibiotics.
Diabetics are also more prone to yeast infection than the general
Did your doctor do a skin scraping (KOH) to verify it was yeast? It
may be another form of irritant. You could be sensitive to her soap,
your soap, laundry detergent, or feminine hygiene products.
Have you been applying the Canesten as directed? You need to complete
all applications, even if you seem better, as the yeast will regrow if
you stop abruptly.
?The pathogens are present in your body -
You don't get yeast, you have yeast. Even when you are fully healthy
and free of symptoms, yeast fungi (Candida albicans) are often present
in the vagina. Normally, the immune system and the acidic vaginal
environment (pH 4) hold them in check, and they remain completely
unnoticed. Only when the pH balance of the vaginal mucous membrane is
disturbed are the conditions favorable for yeast to multiply
unchecked. An infection occurs with all of its unwelcome symptoms.?
?The presence of yeast in the vagina is normal. Only when the yeast
multiply can an infection occur. The condition is easily treated.?
You don?t say whether she is using a spermicide of any kind, which
could be irritating your skin.
?Yeast are always present in the vagina in small numbers, and symptoms
only appear with overgrowth. Health experts estimate that
approximately 75 percent of all women will have at least one yeast
infection with symptoms during their lifetimes.
Several factors are associated with increased yeast infection in women, including
? Being pregnant
? Having uncontrolled diabetes mellitus
? Using oral contraceptives or antibiotics
Other factors that may increase the incidence of yeast infection include using
? Perfumed feminine hygiene sprays
? Topical antibiotics and steroid medicines
Wearing tight, poorly ventilated clothing and underwear also can
contribute to vaginitis. Women should work with their health care
providers to find out possible underlying causes of their chronic
??candidal balanitis/balanoposthitis is the most frequent mycotic
infection of the penis, although, in general, fungal infections of the
penis are rare. In one series, Candida species accounted for 30% of
the causative organisms, and beta-hemolytic streptococci accounted for
13%. Rare causes include Streptococcus pyogenes, Prevotella
melaninogenica, Cordylobia anthropophaga, Providencia stuartii, and
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the last 2 in individuals who are
immunocompromised. Reports of an association between human
papillomavirus (HPV) infection and long-standing balanoposthitis have
been published, but they may reflect a noncausative association.
Associations with ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease have also been
? Topical antibiotics (metronidazole cream) and antifungals
(clotrimazole cream) or low-potency steroid creams for contact
dermatitides often lead to clearing of the lesion.
? Proper hygiene with frequent washing and drying of the prepuce is an
essential preventive measure.
Surgical Care: Circumcision may be advocated in recurrent and recalcitrant cases.
I don?t know where you live, but some pharmacists will dispense an old
tried and true remedy called Gentian Violet. No prescription is
needed. It is very purple, and will stain your clothes, as it is a
liquid that is painted on. Consider talking about this with a
A yeast infection is also called candidiasis. Thrush is candidiasis of the mouth.
?Penile candidiasis most often affects men with diabetes,
uncircumcised men, or men whose female sex partners have vaginal
candidiasis. Usually the infection produces a red, raw, sometimes
painful rash on the head of the penis and sometimes the scrotum.
Sometimes the rash may not cause any symptoms.
Thrush is candidiasis inside the mouth. The creamy white patches
typical of thrush cling to the tongue and sides of the mouth and may
be painful. The patches cannot be scraped off easily with a finger or
blunt object. Thrush in otherwise healthy children is not unusual, but
in adults it may signal a weakened immune system, possibly caused by
diabetes or AIDS. The use of antibiotics that kill off competing
bacteria increases the chances of getting thrush.?
Becasue this COULD be another STD such as chlamydia or trichomonas,
I?d recommend discussing this recurrence with your doctor. Your
girlfriend may need to be treated simultaneously, or you could end up
re-infecting each other.
Hope this helps you out!
Experience in the health care field