Information on Penile Yeast Infections

Penile yeast infections are infections causes by yeast that affect the penis. The cause of penile yeast infections is the same as the cause of other types of yeast infections – an overgrowth of yeast on the skin.

Yeast infections affect uncircumcised men far more often than they do circumcised ones because the head of the penis is covered by the foreskin. Moisture can get trapped under the foreskin, providing the perfect spot for yeast to grow and thrive. Making sure to maintain proper hygiene is an important part of preventing a male yeast infection.

This section will cover the most common symptoms, causes, treatment and other helpful information pertaining to penile yeast infections. Although penile yeast infections are not nearly as common and vaginal infections, it's important to be knowledgeable and aware of this condition.

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Symptoms

The most noticeable symptom of a penile yeast infection is a red, irritated rash on the head of the penis. This rash is often accompanied by painful burning and itching. Some men may experience a white, thick discharge that resembles cottage cheese. Small blisters may also appear at the site of the rash, which may make urination and sexual intercourse painful.

Causes

There are a number of things that can cause a penile yeast infection. Underwear that is too tight or made of synthetic materials that do not allow the skin to breathe are some of the common reasons. However, yeast infections can be passed to men from infected women during sexual intercourse, even though yeast infections aren't typically considered to be sexually transmitted diseases. Ironically, the very thing that's supposed to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and infections – condoms – can be the cause of penile yeast infections as well. If a man has a reaction to the lubrication used on the condom or to the latex itself, it can lead to a penile yeast infection.

Treatment

Treatment for penile yeast infections generally come in the form of anti-fungal creams and ointments that are applied directly to the rash. These creams are available over-the-counter without a prescription at pharmacies or other retail locations that sell medications. Although symptoms usually begin to subside within the first day or two of use, it may take up to two weeks or more to clear up the infection completely.

Helpful Information

Symptoms of a penile yeast infection are very similar to other conditions and should be diagnosed by a physician the first time they appear. Some of the conditions, like simple sebaceous cysts and glands, can take on the appearance of a yeast infection and do not need treatment at all. However, more serious infections, like genital warts, can also present the same way a penile yeast infection does and will not respond to the same treatment. If you think you might have a yeast infection, consult your doctor for a confirmation of your diagnosis so that you can proceed accordingly with treatment.