Candida, a type of yeast, is a normal inhabitant of even the healthiest bodies. It loves warm, dark, moist places, particularly the gastrointestinal tract and the vagina where as many as 20 percent of women of reproductive age harbor Candida. The most common species by far is Candida albicans.
While it is more common for women to get yeast infections, it is also possible for men to contract a genital yeast infection, usually after having unprotected sex with a partner who is already infected. The infection usually appears on the skin outside the penis. Penile yeast infections affect men who are uncircumcised more than those who are circumcised.
Yeast infections frequently occur in men, even though they're most common in women. Yeast infections are usually associated with women, but men aren't safe from these infections, either. The term "balanitis" refers to an infection of the glans penis, which is the head of the penis.
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.
Back to Health A to Z. Balanitis is a skin irritation on the head of the penis that can affect men and boys. You can also get yourself checked out at a sexual health clinic.
Thrush is a yeast infection caused by a fungus called Candida albicans. Both men and women can get thrush, though it is more often associated with women. Read more about the symptoms of thrush.
Q I have had a red rash on the top of my penis for the last two years, which comes and goes. I have been to see my doctor and I have been treated with an antifungal cream. This does clear it up, but once I stop it, it recurs.