Yes, men can get yeast infections. Though yeast infections are less common in men than in women, they can occur if there is an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans on the body. Candida is very common. You probably have a small amount on your skin, in your digestive tract, or in your mouth. It won’t cause a problem unless there’s too much. In some cases, a man can get a yeast infection on the head of the penis, which causes inflammation here known as balanitis.
How Do Men Get Yeast Infections?
Candida likes dark, moist environments which is why women often experience an overgrowth in the vagina. Similar conditions can cause yeast infections in men as well. Men are more likely to get yeast infections if they:
- Have intercourse with a woman who has a yeast infection
- Are taking antibiotics
- Have diabetes
- Are uncircumcised
- Have a weak immune system
- Are overweight
What Are the Symptoms of Yeast Infections in Men?
A yeast infection on the penis causes symptoms that are similar to many sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These include:
- Redness on the penis
- Itching or burning on the head of the penis
- Thick white discharge
- A yeasty bread-like odor
- Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
- Trouble pulling back the foreskin
How Can Men Diagnose and Treat Yeast Infections?
Since yeast infections and STIs look similar, it’s best to contact your local medical provider for a diagnosis. You can treat a yeast infection with an over-the-counter antifungal cream applied to the head of the penis and under the foreskin. The infection should go away in 7 to 10 days. Avoid sexual intercourse until the yeast infection is gone.