Is my doctor incompetent or do I have multiple conditions?
July 20, 2010 7:37 PM Subscribe
Is my doctor incompetant? I thought it was a UTI, he thinks it's a fungal infection, oh and also herpes and chlamydia depending on when you ask him. What gives? (slight amount of gross).
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (12 answers total)
I experienced painful urination and redness around the urethra, and urge to urinate more so than normal. My girlfriend occasionally gets UTIs and visited her doctor who confirmed that was what she was suffering from. I visited a new doctor since I had just recently moved to this part of town.
The doctor decided it was a fungal infection and prescribed clotrimazole and said to apply to penis and urethra, twice a day for a week. He examined a urine sample and remarked that there was no bacteria however there were "pus cells, so is likely to be fungal".
Two days later, excruciating pain, burning, blistering, cracking, oozing, swelling of foreskin. Gross.
Contacted doctor, who asks for a new urine sample and tells me to stop using cream. Next time I visit him he examines me and says that I clearly am having an allergic reaction and it's also the first condition is probably chlamydia now. He also observes the blisters from the reaction to the clotrimazole, he swabs them and remarks they look like herpes and gives me a 10 day course of medication for that.
Before me and my SO started having unprotected sex we both had STI checks (3 weeks ago) and both are clear, she has since retested as clear. But my doctor seems to be on some warpath to treat me for every STI that a 24 year old male could have. I told my doctor about my girlfriends doctors diagnosis, and he suggested that she come and visit him and brushed off that it was merely a UTI. (She's had her three day antibiotic and is now fine).
Am I right to feel like my doctor is incompetent? Is he?
What can I do about the reaction? And does anyone know what this infection sounds like?