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Penile Candidiasis

Penile Candidiasis Causes

Penile candidiasis is caused by a fungal infection of the Candida genus. This infection can affect males who have sexual contact with a female who has thrush. Diabetic men are more susceptible to penile candidiasis.

Penile Candidiasis Definition

Penile candidiasis pertains to a rare yeast infection of the penis caused by a fungus of the genus Candida, transmitted via sexual contact.

Penile Candidiasis Diagnosis

In diagnosis of penile candidiasis, two main diagnostic tools are used to determine the presence of yeast infections: microscopic examination and culturing.

Penile Candidiasis Symptoms and Signs

Some cases of penile candidiasis may show no symptoms at all. When it does become symptomatic, the most common presentations are the appearance of a rash in the penis accompanied by severe itching, soreness, irritation, and an intense burning sensation in that area. Reddish, patchy sores typically appear on the foreskin or near the head of the penis.

Penile Candidiasis Treatment

Penile candidiasis can be treated with antifungal drugs known as antimycotics. Examples of this are fluconazole, topical clotrimazole, topical ketoconazole, and topical nystatin. Severe infections may require caspofungin, amphotericin B, or voriconazole. In addition, penile candidiasis may indicate a more serious condition, such as an HIV infection or other immunodeficiency diseases. In such cases, treating the underlying condition is an imperative step in treatment.

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