Can men get yeast infections? What are the signs and symptoms of a male yeast infection?
Answer From Patricio C. Gargollo, M.D .
Yes, men can get yeast infections, excessively, which can lead to a condition known as balanitis — excitement of the head of the penis .
yeast infections in men are common because the fungus that causes yeast infections ( candida ) is normally present on skin, particularly damp skin. When some contributing factor — such as having sex with a partner who has a vaginal yeast infection — causes an overgrowth of candida, infection can result.
balanitis is more common in uncircumcised men. Signs and symptoms of balanitis may include :
- Moist skin on the penis, possibly with areas of a thick, white substance collecting in skin folds
- Areas of shiny, white skin on the penis
- Redness, itching or a burning sensation on the penis
You may be more probable to develop balanitis from a yeast infection if you :
- Aren’t circumcised
- Use antibiotics for prolonged periods
- Have diabetes
- Have an impaired immune system, such as with HIV
- Are overweight
- Practice poor hygiene
Most male yeast infections are easily treated with nonprescription antifungal medications .
Patricio C. Gargollo, M.D .
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