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Candida

Features/Symptoms

  • Irritation, itching or burning sensation around tip of penis or under foreskin;
  • Redness or red patches around the penis and under foreskin;
  • Cottage-cheese like discharge under foreskin (if present); not common in men;
  • Discomfort on passing urine;
  • Oral Candida;
  • Also known as “Thrush” or “Yeast” infection.

Progression

Candida albicans causes inflammation (redness and swelling) on the tip of the penis, and can spread to the anus as well. If engaging in unprotected oral sex, the yeast infection can spread to the mouth and digestive system.

Causes

In some cases, Candida infections of the mouth, skin, or genitals can occur for no apparent reason. A common cause of infection may be the use of antibiotics that destroy beneficial, as well as harmful, microorganisms in the body, permitting Candida to multiply in their place. In most other cases it is transmitted sexually.

Treatment/Management

Topical ointment, oral solution, and in severe cases, anti-fungal drugs. Common in people infected with HIV.