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Male yeast infection

Male yeast infection

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Male yeast infection, also called thrush or balanoposthitis, involves the penile foreskin and the tip of the penis (glans). It is usually harmless, but it can be uncomfortable. We do not consider it a sexually transmitted disease, even if it can often recurrently affect a couple in a stable and trusted relationship.


Symptoms of infection do progress in hours and include:

  • burning pain, swelling and redness around the head of the penis and under the foreskin;
  • an unpleasant smell;
  • a white discharge (like cottage cheese);
  • difficulty pulling back the foreskin.


Treatment is quick and easy. Topic (clotrimazole) and oral (itraconazole) anti-fungal medications are effective and have fast and stable efficacy.

Recurrent infections may require ruling out possible causes like diabetes, immune depression, or phimosis.

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