While yeast infections are usually thought of as a condition that affects only women, male yeast infections can and do occur. Yeast infections, which are caused by an overgrowth of fungus, affect numerous parts of the body, such as the skinfolds, mouth, throat and genitals. In men, a yeast infection affects the area around the penis and testicles, and is sometimes referred to as a penile yeast infection or Candida balanitis.
If a yeast infection of the penis is not promptly treated, it can lead to a range of uncomfortable symptoms. Worse than that, the infection can spread to the bloodstream and cause severe complications.
Male yeast infection symptoms
One of the main symptoms of a yeast infection in men is swelling and redness of the head of the penis, a condition known as balanitis. A thick, white substance under the foreskin is another sign of balanitis. Jock itch, or tinea cruris, is another type