preparation can cause contact dermatitis in a small
subset of people. Almost all of these contain preservatives in a small percentage, and it is rare to find a list of ingredients which does not
extend beyond the one active ingredient, one or two presumably innocuous emollients, and (purified) water. The worst of all are often the branded "moisturisers" which frequently contain detergent and scents amongst a profusion
of ingredients. Go read sometime!
I trust you will find that I have been quite consistent in describing characteristic symptoms of Candida ("Thrush"; a yeast) infestation, notably itch plus inflammation, to judge whether it is actually
present. It is however true that a low-grade, chronic involvement with minimal symptoms is a possible cause of progressive scarring.
The published literature on the subject, particularly Lichen Sclerosis and Eosinophilic balanitis (balanitis of Zoon) demonstrates that the causation of many conditions is to be honest, conjectural and while it may be variously surmised that an infective agent such as a yeast, bacterium or a virus may or may not
be involved according to a given study, conclusive proof is lacking. A similar situation holds for the dreadful condition of "interstitial cystitis" - chronic and painful bladder inflammation - quite possibly involving a virus according to my discussions with the urologists.
And recently, HPV (papillomavirus) has been implicated in such apparently unrelated and improbable diseases as breast cancer. We know
it is a cause of vulvodynia (mysterious vulval pain), so it can certainly be a cause of similar irritations on the penis (whether or not circumcised!).
So thanks indeed for the "heads up". I love
your description of telling the evidently incompetent doctor to "get bent".
On the other hand, I have to caution that your claim that prostatitis is neither sexually transmitted nor infectious, is unfortunately, quite misleading. Most prostatitis is
infectious, and a large proportion of that is indeed, due to sexually-transmitted agents. Perhaps marginally less so than in previous eras. There is
a minor proportion of genuine "non-infectious" prostatitis, and some musing about notional causes, such as "urine reflux" or even semen pooling.
Unfortunately even most of this may in the fullness of time prove to be due to infection which simply could not be detected at the time as with so many other diseases in recent times. If you can honestly state that you have never had sexual contact with anyone, then I am prepared to accept it as not sexually transmitted, but only then. As I repeatedly emphasise, the fact that a test or tests for infection had a negative result shows merely that an infection was not detected on this occasion
, it does not by any means
prove that no infection was present, nor does it even suggest
that the cause was not an infection that was previously
present - as is suspected in prostatitis and the female equivalent.
It is perhaps unfortunate to be so cynical, but my (training and) experience mandates it.