Penile yeast infections can lead to a wide range of painful and uncomfortable symptoms if not treated. It can also lead to serious complications if the infection spreads to your bloodstream.
Penile yeast infections are common and can be easily treated by over the counter medication.
Symptoms that can be present from penile yeast infections can consist of the following:
- pain or discomfort during sex
- cracked foreskin
- redness, soreness, or swelling of the penis
- white, shiny patches at the top of the penis
- small red spots at the top of the penis
- thick, white discharge under the foreskin or other folds of skin
- difficulty in pulling back the foreskin
- burning sensation during urination
However, itchiness, redness and pain in the penis can be signs of other more serious conditions, like some sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so it is important not to ignore symptoms once they appear.
Usually we can diagnose penile yeast infections in a single appointment by asking you about your symptoms and we are then likely examine your genitals. Some of the white substance that forms on the penis may be examined under a microscope to confirm the type of fungus causing the symptoms.
Causes of penile yeast infections
Penile yeast infections are usually caused by a fungus called candida. There is usually already a small amount of candida is present in the body and it simply takes an overgrowth of candida to develop a yeast infection.
Having sexual intercourse with a person who has a vaginal yeast infection without using a condom can also cause a penile yeast infection. However, you can also develop an infection without any sexual activity.
These infections can sometimes come back after they look like they been cured. If this happens, your consultant will likely recommend a few weeks of daily treatments followed by a few months of weekly treatments.