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    ads1111
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    First of all, I am a male, in his mid-40s, who is relatively healthy except for a positive diagnosis of Hepatitis B (but that is not what this post is about). I have been dealing with what I believe is a fungal infection since beginning of August. I had a sexual encounter a week before that. It was with a woman I did not know very well. We had sexual intercourse with a condom, and there was no oral sex. I asked her to penetrate anally, to try something new, and she did that, while wearing some kind of latex glove. We were in her bathroom which was wet from a shower.

    Anyway, about a week later, I experienced a redness and itching at my penis head and anus, which also affected my left leg and foot. The left leg and foot also itched, burned, and tingled, although there were no outward signs of any lesions. I immediately went to the doctor and had a full STD panel of tests done – Chlamydia, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Herpes, Trichomoniasis – all came back negative.

    The pain in my left foot got so bad I could barely walk or stand. I bought Clotrimazole cream from the pharmacy and applied on my penis and anus, and suddenly the left foot no longer tingled or had pain. I followed the directions for a few weeks applying the cream twice a day morning and night. I also used Apple Cider Vinegar as an anti-fungal wash. By the time October came, I was symptom-free in my foot and my groin, so I put it all down to a fungal infection of some kind.

    October was great, I was back to normal. Then November came, and the leg/foot pain came back with a vengeance. I had slacked off on using the Clotrimazole because of the lack of symptoms, although I was still wiping my skin with the Apple Cider Vinegar.

    Now it is Nov 23, and I have been plagued with left leg and foot pain. It is not as bad as before when I could barely stand, but it is still there, and the fact that the pain is still there means I still have a fungal infection.

    Recently, my doctor said I have a candida infection, and gave me Diflucan (flucanozole) to take for 10 days. I just finished it and there was no apparent effect. Now, I’m not so sure it is a Candida issue. Urine and blood analyses done back in August showed no bacteria in the blood or urine. Could it still be a bacterial infection?

    I am still going through various anti-fungal topicals – Clotrimazole, Miconzole, Tonaflate, etc. and they work to some extent, but the pain doesn’t completely go away like it did before. I even started taking Caprylic acid supplements.

    Any ideas on what else this could be besides a fungal infection? If it is a fungal infection, what other treatments are there? Enemas? Nystatin?

    Thank you.

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    smurfie
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    I am not sure if this is candida or not or another bacterial infection.
    it would be interesting to know where the gloves could have been, if they’ve had some kind of stong soaps or products on them o something that could be harmful and possible destroy the balance of good bacterias.

    You should at least do probiotics if you haven’t started that already. Rasper also often advice people to take a test called candia5 that you can order and do at home.

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    ads1111
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    smurfie;60800 wrote: I am not sure if this is candida or not or another bacterial infection.
    it would be interesting to know where the gloves could have been, if they’ve had some kind of stong soaps or products on them o something that could be harmful and possible destroy the balance of good bacterias.

    You should at least do probiotics if you haven’t started that already. Rasper also often advice people to take a test called candia5 that you can order and do at home.

    Thank you for your post, Smurfie.

    I’m thinking it could be something other than Candida also. The Diflucan/fluconazole didn’t work at all. And the doctor cannot explain the pain in my left leg/foot.

    I realized there is a hole in the sole of my left foot from stepping on a nail a few years ago. It is a pinhole, but still, I did walk barefoot on the shower floor of a public shower at a gym some months ago. So, instead of any sexual activity, that may be the cause of pain my foot. Some bacteria or fungus got on my foot.

    When the foot starts to hurt, I rub Tolnaftate cream on it and it seems to help. I have to do this regularly to keep the pain at bay. Today I bought some tea tree oil and put a drop on a wet cotton ball to rub on the bottom of my left foot.

    Has anyone here tried tea tree oil as an anti-fungal topical?

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