#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Candidiasis In Males

Q: Good evening Doctor.
Please I have a pressing need which is bothering me.
I’m a male, was diagnosed of candidiasis last year and I treated it with
some pills that was prescribed for me. Few months later the symptoms came back
gradually but I didn’t do anything to it. Just last week Thursday, I started
feeling some sensation like looks like mild vibration in my penis, and
continuous itching and I was planning to take some pill. The vibration stopped on Sunday 23rd
. Yesterday being 22nd, I
started noticing some colorless discharge from my penis and this is the first time I’m experiencing the discharge and I don’t know what to do because I
have never had any sexual contact/intercourse since 2017. Please help me
because I’m confused and don’t know what to do.

Hi! Thanks for writing in.

Candidiasis, which is a yeast infection caused by Candida albicans, can occur in both men and women. This yeast (fungus) occurs naturally in the human body especially in warm, moist areas like the genitals and mouth. It usually does not cause problems unless certain conditions occur to upset the delicate balance between good bacteria and the fungi, making the latter to multiply.

Candidiasis is very common in diabetics (the sugar in their urine makes the genitals a rich culture medium for them), in obese people and those whose immune systems are compromised. It also happens in people who take a lot of antibiotics destroying the good bacteria as described earlier.

Personal hygiene plays a role in genital thrush. If you do not dry your penis properly after a bath, the warm, moist environment encourages yeast to grow and thrive. Perfumed soaps can irritate the skin of the penis, making thrush more likely. Though this infection can be passed on through sexual intercourse, it’s not really called an STI because people who are not sexually active can be infected with this.

Symptoms of genital thrush in men include:

·       Irritation, itching or burning on the tip of the penis or under the foreskin

·       Thick, whitish discharge under the foreskin, which may look like cottage cheese or egusi

·       Redness under the foreskin or tip of penis

·       Difficulty pulling back the foreskin of the penis

Treatment is usually with anti-fungal cream and/or tablet.

Until treatment is complete, please avoid sexual intercourse to avoid infecting your partner. Actulally, both of you should be treated at the same time.mIf you must, please use a condom. To prevent re-infections, remember to clean your penis after a bath, wear loose fitting, cotton under-pants, avoid perfumed soaps and generally keep penis cool and dry.

Since I’m not sure your first diagnosis was made by a doctor, I suggest you see a doctor to confirm that this is indeed thrush and not some other condition.

I hope this helps.

Good night, everyone 😀

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