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First of all I just started reading all the threads on this site about this horrible affliction. I developed what I thought was herpes (and so far tests have been negative) about a week after receiving unprotected oral sex from a women overseas. What a monumental mistake. I ended up being diagnosed with an awful case of balanitis (I am uncircumsized) which was excruciatingly painful and took 2.5 weeks or so to clear up, and when I say clear up I simply mean the constant pus and fire went away, not that I'm back to normal. Meanwhile, my balls were a bit pinkish and itchy but I didn't pay too much attention due to the fire under my foreskin. I can only assume the same plague that caused the balanitis was also growing on my scrotum, since it has turned bright burning red and continued to resist my efforts to heal it for weeks. As I said my foreskin is still messed up, and I've been using betamethasone+clotrimazole cream for weeks to keep the horrific balanitis from returning. I've tried all kinds of anti-fungal creams and I've been on 7 days of cephalexin, 10 days of doxycycline, with 2 huge antibiotic shots in thrown in for extra effect. I've also had 2 diflucan pills. I've had all kinds of STD test (so far so good, still need more to be 100%) and nothing, though I have suffered severe anxiety for weeks thinking I got herpes, HIV, you name it. I also had sore throat (just now getting better I think after 8 weeks) and other symptoms to complete the fun.

Anyway, I have a few thoughts on this stuff. First let me say that the doctors have hardly been any help, as most of you know. It doesn't fit the textbook STD case, so it must be either in your head or the usual non-infection/allergy/whatever.

1) This is a mutated super-fungus or yeast that resists drugs. These things do exist, and some people have gotten better with natural remedies and diet changes. THIS IS CONTATIOUS and will spread.

2) This is a super, drug-resistant bacterial infection under the skin that is also CONTAGIOUS to other areas of your own body. I suspect Streptococcus pyogenes (also causes strep throat, I believe) may be living under the skin, which is consistent with the oral route of transmission and also may explain the balanitis:

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3) This is a dreaded new virus, though it doesn't really behave like most other viruses, even skin viruses like herpes (as you who suffer constantly know)

It is clear that there are probably different causes ranging from nerve issues to plain old jock itch reported by people on this site, but there is something else as well.

I do not believe my issue is nerve related. I have noticed it spreading toward the perineum where I beat it back with rubbing alcohol. It acts like a fire that is more easy to put out when it first spreads, but almost impossible to kill where it's been burning. The skin on my scrotum has a bright red, rough, thick, extra wrinkly, with an almost sparkly-looking rough texture (try not to laugh) and appearance with a distinct boundary that is symmetrical on both sides nearly to the base of the scrotum in the back. There is a thin strip of skin down the middle that appears normal, with distinct boundaries. It gets much worse if exposed to heat and moisture. I can only describe the feeling as being an incredibly intense burning itch, and not the kind of itch you would normally scratch. I do not scratch it at all. I have not used steroid creams on the scrotum.

I have stopped consuming all sugars as well as processed wheat, etc. in case it's yeast related. I'm trying a new month long course of anti-biotics in the hopes that will kill any bacterial infection.

Next steps are more natural remedies (tea tree oil method, etc.). IF that doesn't work, will also try a hyperbaric chamber. If that doesn't work will try laser therapy (after making sure it's safe) on both penis and scrotum. Finally, will consider circumcision b/c I never ever ever want balanitis again.

Good luck to all of you, and don't give up. I don't care if I have to march myself into a university lab and have them start doing research. The complacency of the medical community on this issues is completely unacceptable.

Cheers.





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