Peter Dazeley

A yeast infection is usually a female health problem, but men can also get yeast infections.

An untreated penile yeast infection can cause redness, itching and intense pain that drives men to seek medical treatment. Serious complications can occur if the yeast gets into your bloodstream.

What causes yeast infections?

Yeast infection is caused by a fungus called Candida, which is usually always present in or on the body in small amounts.

An overgrowth of fungus occurs when moist, warm conditions create an ideal environment for candida to grow.

One of the most common causes of a penile yeast infection is unprotected sexual intercourse with a woman who has a yeast infection. Another main cause is being uncircumcised.

Other factors include poor hygiene, diabetes, HIV+ status, poor diet, excess sugar in diet, weak immune system, obesity, and medications like broad spectrum antibiotics.

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of penile yeast infection include:

  • pain in the penis
  • thick white creamy substance under foreskin
  • redness
  • itching
  • shiny patches
  • burning
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    Over-the-counter (OTC) ointments and creams are effective against most penile yeast infections. Don’t self-diagnose your yeast infection. Always consult a doctor or healthcare provider.

    Yeast infections can recur if the conditions are ideal. If your infection doesn’t respond to OTC medications, you may be advised to get a circumcision.

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