Can men get yeast infections?

November 12, 2012

Can men get yeast infections?

Yes, really, it’s not just a Woman’s complaint, although it’s not so common in men, it does exist and it can be passed on to you by your partner. Learn about the symptoms and the treatments available.


Firstly yeast is present naturally on our skin, but particularly in moist warm places such as the mouth, between your toes and the genital area. The most common vaginal yeast infection is Thrush, which is caused by the Candida species and the infection arises when too much yeast is produced and this can be as a result of taking antibiotics or even being a bit run-down.

Most women will experience at least one yeast infection during their lifetime. It is not a sexually transmitted disease, as the cause does not originate through sexual activity, but a woman with a yeast infection can pass it on to a sexual partner if he himself has a weak immune system, is a diabetic, or is also taking antibiotics.


For a woman the symptoms are a burning feeling, together with itching and a thick vaginal discharge which looks a bit like cottage cheese. A man on the other hand may have white patches on his penis, a rash and itching or a painful swelling on the tip of his penis, together with a burning sensation when urinating.

Don’t forget:

  • A burning sensation

  • Itching

  • Thick vaginal discharge

  • White patches on the penis

  • Swelling on the penis tip


Treatment usually consists of either an oral tablet which is available on prescription, or you can purchase a special cream, ointments or a vaginal suppository for the treatment of Thrush at any chemists. The treatment usually takes between 1 to 6 days and if both partners use the treatment, the passing backward and forward of the infection will cease.

In conclusion Thrush is not a sexually transmitted disease and yeast infections are very common, other yeast infections include athlete’s foot and sweat rashes, so don’t worry, get the right treatment and get on with your life.

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