Yeast Infection

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What are the symptoms of a yeast infection in a man?

Yeast are tiny microorganisms that are related to fungus. They live normally within the digestive tract, but can also cause infections of many parts of the body including the mouth (thrush) and skin (diaper rash). Most of these infections are mild or harmless, but in rare cases, yeast can cause serious internal infections.

In women, the most common place for a yeast infection is the vagina (vaginitis). Three-quarters of women will develop a yeast infection at some point in their lives. These infections often are triggered by antibiotics or hormonal changes, although many appear to occur for no reason at all.

In contrast, it is somewhat unusual for men to develop a genital yeast infection. Yeast can grow on the shaft of the penis (balanitis), most commonly in uncircumcised men. Yeast also can grow in the folds of skin where the scrotum touches the legs. Usually the affected area will be red, warm, itchy or painful, and often a strong-smelling discharge will be present. 

In most cases, there is a particular reason why a man develops a yeast infection. This might include poorly controlled diabetes, a weakened immune system, or poor hygiene. Occasionally, yeast will grow simply because the affected skin is warm and moist and does not have adequate time to "air out." However, there is no evidence that genital yeast infections (in either men or women) are transmitted by sexual contact. Most yeast skin infections are easily treated with a topical cream such as clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF) and good hygiene.

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