How to Manage Penile Yeast Infection

Yeast infections are often thought of as a female health issue but in reality, it can affect anyone, including men. If not treated, a penile yeast infection can lead to a wide range of uncomfortable, painful and rather embarrassing symptoms. The infection may spread into your bloodstream which may lead to serious complications. Over the counter medications are usually enough to clear up a yeast infection and some basic prevention measures can assist you to avoid this quite common condition.

Symptoms of penile yeast infection

Early symptoms of penile yeast infection include a red rash and sometimes white shiny patches on the penis. The penis skin may be moist with a thick white substance being found under the foreskin or other skin folds. Another symptom is possible burning feeling and itching of your penis. Itchiness, redness, and pain in the penis can also be signs of other more serious conditions such as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) so you should not ignore symptoms the moment they appear. If any of these symptoms occur, visit your primary care doctor or urologist to diagnose the condition which can usually be done in a single appointment.

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Causes of penile yeast infection

Yeast infections are caused by the candida fungi which are naturally present in the body in small quantities. The infection is usually triggered by an overgrowth of the candida fungus in the body. The moist environment promotes the growth of candida spread.

One of the major causes of male yeast infection is unprotected sexual intercourse with a lady infected with a vaginal yeast infection. Poor hygiene can also make you vulnerable to a yeast infection.

 Risks of penile yeast infection

Several other risk factors can increase your odds of acquiring a yeast infection aside from copulating with a partner who has a yeast infection. Lack of circumcision is a major risk factor since the area under the foreskin can form a good breeding ground for candida. Lack of regular bathing or proper cleaning of your genitals can also put you at risk. Other risk factors associated with this infection include prolonged use of antibiotics as well as having diabetes or being obese.

How to know if you have a penile yeast infection

One of the surest ways to know if you have the infection is to get your doctor to examine your genitals and review your symptoms. If you are unable to see your doctor or any urologist, you should consider visiting an urgent care center. Early diagnosis and treatment help you avoid further complications. You should avoid self-diagnosis and treatment as you may not be entirely sure what the problem is.


Male yeast infection is a very serious infection and should be checked early enough if any of the symptoms appear. However, it is better to try avoiding getting infected in the first place by knowing your sexual partner, maintaining healthy hygiene and always ensuring you take proper of your genital area. Remember to avoid self-diagnosis as this usually leads to more complications in most cases.

Author's Bio: 

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