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Penile Yeast Infection

What is Penile Yeast Infection?

A yeast infection is the name for a common infection caused by a type of yeast-like fungus called Candida. A penile yeast infection occurs on the penis.

A yeast infection is also called candidiasis.

What Causes a Yeast Infection?

Yeast infections are caused by a fungus of the yeast family (Candida albicans). Candida albicans is part of the normal environment of the skin, mouth, and intestinal tract.

Other causes of a penile yeast infection are:

  1. Low immunity. An underactive thyroid gland, chronic stress, HIV, lyme disease all hinder your immune system.
  2. Sexual Transmission from a female with a vaginal yeast infection.
  3. Antibiotics. Antibiotics can kill beneficial bacteria that is found on the penis and in the crotch.
  4. Diabetes. Men with diabetes can develop yeast infections because the elevated sugar in the urine creates a beneficial environment for yeast.

Symptoms of a Penile Yeast Infection

Sometimes symptoms are not present. If symptoms are not present and your sex partner tells you she has a yeast infection, it is best to go to the doctor.

When symptoms are present, the most common symptoms of a penile yeast infection are:

  • irritation and soreness of the head of the penis
  • severe itching on the head of the penis
  • a white, clumpy discharge
  • redness color on the head of the penis
  • small blisters on the head of the penis.

Can Penile Yeast Infections be Prevented?

Yes. The best way to prevent a penile yeast infection is to practice safe sex.

Can Penile Yeast Infections be Treated?

Yes. Your doctor will prescribe medication for you.


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