3:50 pm - 07/05/2012

Yeast Infection...should I treat my bf?

I am just getting over a pretty run of the mill yeast infection...started with itching and then some red soreness, and then when I got the white thick discharge I bought Monistat 7 day which works best for me.

I also went in to see my doctor because I coincidentally had an appointment already to get a new birth control pill. She said I did the right thing with the monistat and it sounded just like yeast to her, but (bc it was only day two and still itching) she also prescribed me a diflucan pill to take if I wasn't feeling better in 7 days.

So after i picked up the prescription I realized that I actually HAVE a diflucan pill left over from the last time I had a yeast problem and I was prescribed a refill, which I picked up just in case.

I tend to be a bit of an anxious bird brain when it comes to matters of the vag itching and burning (i mean, who isn't?) but I forgot to ask my doctor if it made sense to treat my boyfriend. We had sex without a condom a few days before I developed the yeastie.

So, I was wondering—does it make sense to just give him my extra diflucan pill to take just in case? I know that passing yeast back and forth isn't really a very common thing, but I'd soooo much rather not pass this back and forth if I can prevent it. I could also make him slather his junk with monistat cream for 7 days, but the diflucan pill would be quick and easy. What do you think?

[I get so nervous that last night I noticed his has a little red spot at the tip of his penis, where the pee comes out. I showed him and he just said that it's not always smooth there and he wasn't concerned at all (we've both been tested multiple times and are negative for all STIs, so it must just be a pimple or slight irritation, but maybe a signifier of yeast? Or maybe I"m just crazy. He also gets some dry skin at the head of his dick and has for years, it comes and goes, but we've both always thought that was from yanking on it a little too much ;), and I'm sure it is, but slightly peeling dry skin can also be a signifier of yeast).

Anyway, to diflucan or not to diflucan? That is the question. I don't really see a down side...
archangelbeth 5th-Jul-2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
I'd say that it makes sense to treat him, but not necessarily with the Diflucan -- you'd have to talk to the doctor about that. I think it might be better to pick one of vinegar/water rinse, (plain, unsweetened) yogurt dipping for a few days, or use of over-the-counter creams.

helpme11111 5th-Jul-2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Hmm, why do you say that rather than the diflucan?
archangelbeth 5th-Jul-2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
Yeast infections on penises are a lot more exterior, generally, than yeast infections in vaginas -- it would be worth asking the doctor if the Diflucan is good for exterior yeasties, or if it's best for interior ones. (And if it is, tell me so I'll know for the future? O:D )
helpme11111 5th-Jul-2012 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, this makes sense. It's just IMPOSSIBLE for me to get ahold of my doctor, and her receptionist are nothing short of incredibly rude. I cannot believe I forgot to ask her at our appointment!
helpme11111 5th-Jul-2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
So I managed to get ahold of her, actually! She said that she wouldn't treat him unless he had patches of red skin or something like that, and it's much less common with men. I said I noticed something, and she said I could put a little of the cream on him and it wouldn't hurt.

I didn't really ask about the diflucan, because I don't want her to think I'm hoarding prescriptions. So I guess that didn't really answer our questions! *headdesk*
archangelbeth 5th-Jul-2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yay for a plan of action, at least!

Maybe someone else will come along and know whether diflucan is good for exterior yeast infections.
knittinggoddess 8th-Jul-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
I agree with this. One other reason against diflucan: if it's something else, you'll just be creating more diflucan-resistant yeast.

I wonder if increasing probiotic intake (acidophilus pills, yogurt, etc) would help a penis infection? Does it even work that way? It helps for external vaginal infections, but I think you're the one who pointed out that the bacteria help probably by traveling from the anus to the vulva.
archangelbeth 9th-Jul-2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Yah, all the information I found about it suggested that oral probiotics help yeasties by colonizing from anus to vagina, so... not so helpful for those possessed of a penis.

It'd have to be a "dip" of some sort, methinks.
helpme11111 5th-Jul-2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
yeah I mean, i would rub lotion into him—I just feel like this is easier.

I know i have nothing to be embarrassed about, and I'm not embarrassed, I just feel a little hypochondriac-y and overbearing to say "use this cream, do this, do this," with no medical diagnosis. It would be easier for me to say "here's a pill, take it, goodnight."
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