Penile yeast infection
It isn’t only women that are affected by yeast infection, men equally suffer from it too. A penile yeast infection can lead to severe symptoms if left untreated for long.
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Symptoms of a penile yeast infection
Early symptoms of a penile yeast infection often include:
- red rash
- itching and burning sensation on your penis
- white, shiny patches on the penis
- moist penis skin
- thick white substance under the foreskin or other folds of skin
A urologist or your doctor can diagnose the condition, so ensure you consult an expert if you notice any of the symptoms above.
Causes a penile yeast infection
- A yeast infection is caused by a fungus called candida. A small amount of candida is usually present on the body, however, when this amount is upset, it could lead to an overgrowth of candida, thereby leading to a yeast infection. A moist environment is ideal for candida to spread.
- A man can be infected by a woman who has vaginal yeast infection if he engages in unprotected sexual intercourse with her.
- Lack of proper hygiene can also make you vulnerable to a yeast infection.
Several risk factors can increase your odds of developing a penile yeast infection.
- Uncircumcision increases a man’s chances of developing penile yeast infection because the area under the foreskin can be a breeding ground for candida.
- Inadequate personal hygiene can also expose a person to the infection. So, endeavor to clean your genitals properly.
- Prolonged use of antibiotics, diabetes or obesity can increase a person’s risk .
- Men with weak immune system may also be at a higher risk of a getting a penile yeast infection.
Treatment for penile yeast infection
Topical antifungal ointments and creams may help treat an infection in some cases. Many of the antifungal creams recommended for a yeast infection include:
- clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF, Anti-Fungal, Cruex, Desenex, Lotrimin AF Ringworm)
- miconazole (Lotrimin AF, Cruex, Desenex, Ting Antifungal)
- imidazole (Canesten, Selezen)
Most of these are available as OTC medications, meaning you will not need a prescription. More serious, or longer-term infections may require a prescription-strength medication.
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For severe infections, oral fluconazole (Diflucan) and a hydrocortisone cream may be recommended.
It is possible for yeast infections to return after they appear to be cured. In this case, your doctor will likely recommend weekly treatments for several months following a couple weeks of daily treatment.
If infection persists even after treatment for those who are uncircumcised, you may be advised to undergo a circumcision. This surgical procedure is typically done on infants, but it can be done safely on a man of any age.
Ensure you practice good hygiene to help clear up any lingering infection.
Complications of a penile yeast infection
- Balanitis is one of the major complications of a penile yeast infection. Balanitis is an inflammation of the foreskin or head of the penis.
- Diabetes can also increase your risk for balanitis.
- A yeast infection may enter the bloodstream, leading to a condition known as candidemia or invasive candidiasis. This is most common in men who wait to receive treatment until the infection has spread beyond the penis.
Preventing a penile yeast infection
Penile yeast infection can be prevented by not engaging in sexual contact with a partner who has a yeast infection. You should also avoid having sex with anyone while you have an active yeast infection.
- Practice sexual monogamy by sticking to one partner
- Use a condom
- Practice good hygiene, and keep your penis and genitals clean and dry.
- If you are uncircumcised, clean under the foreskin with soap and water.