Can men get yeast infections? What are the signs and symptoms of a male yeast infection?

Answers from James M. Steckelberg, M.D.

Yes, men can get yeast infections, too, which can lead to a condition known as balanitis — inflammation of the head of the penis.

Yeast infections in men are common because the fungus that causes yeast infections (candida) is normally present on skin, especially moist skin. When some contributing factor — such as having sex with a female partner who has a vaginal yeast infection — causes an overgrowth of candida, infection can result.

Balanitis is more common in uncircumcised men. Signs and symptoms of balanitis may include:

  • Moist skin on the penis, possibly with areas of a thick, white substance collecting in skin folds
  • Areas of shiny, white skin on the penis
  • Redness, itching or a burning sensation on the penis

You may be more likely to develop balanitis from a yeast infection if you:

  • Aren't circumcised
  • Use antibiotics for prolonged periods
  • Have diabetes
  • Have an impaired immune system, such as with HIV
  • Are overweight
  • Practice poor hygiene

Most male yeast infections are easily treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications.

If you and your partner both have symptoms of a yeast infection, it's important that you both be treated to avoid reinfecting each other.

Aug. 22, 2015 See more Expert Answers