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Candida Balanitis - Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

Candida balanitis is a yeast infection that affects the penis, and candida is the yeast that causes this balanitis. You can get the best treatment for candida balanitis at Pristyn Care, with top-notch medical technologies and equipment. To eliminate all penis foreskin issues like candida balanitis, book your FREE consultation today with Pristyn Care.

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  • What Is Candida Balanitis?

    Candida balanitis is one of the most common types of balanitis. It is a fungal infection caused by a yeast known as candida. Candida balanitis causes a red, itchy rash on the head of the penis. It happens because candida grows and thrives in warm, moist environments like the foreskin of uncircumcised people. Treatment for candida balanitis usually includes an antifungal cream.

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    What Are The Symptoms Of Candida Balanitis?

    Symptoms of candida balanitis include pain, swelling, and redness in the groin area. The groin is the area between the legs near the lower abdomen. To put it more simply, the area around a man’s penis is called the groin. 

    The redness caused by candida balanitis is usually in patches. Other symptoms may include:

    • Burning, irritation, and itching around the head of the penis and under the foreskin.
    • Thick, white discharge that looks like cottage cheese.
    • Foul-smelling discharge.
    • Difficulty retracting the foreskin.
    • Shiny sores or blisters on the penis.

    Also, after having candida balanitis, you may notice your skin peeling. This is because yeast infection makes the skin more vulnerable and exposed. It can make it flaky, and eventually, it may start peeling.


    Are you going through any of these symptoms?

    What Causes Candida Balanitis In Men?

    A yeast called candida causes candida balanitis. Other risk factors that allow candida to grow, which can eventually lead to candida balanitis, include:

    • Poor hygiene.
    • Using harsh soaps.
    • Not rinsing the soap off your foreskin thoroughly.
    • Not drying off entirely.
    • Irritated or damaged skin.
    • Sex partners with yeast infections.

    Yeast infections are more common in certain groups of people. It includes people who:

    • Have a medical condition that weakens the immune system, like diabetes, cancer, or HIV/AIDS.
    • Are overweight or have obesity
    • Have a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

    Diagnosis and Treatment of Candida Balanitis

    Diagnosis of Candida Balanitis

    A trained and experienced urologist can effectively diagnose candida balanitis. To diagnose candida balanitis, your urologist will perform a physical examination. With the help of physical examination, they can diagnose a yeast infection by looking at the penis and foreskin. 

    In addition, your urologist can collect a sample of the infected area for testing. They will use a scalpel to gently scrape some of the skin from the infected area. A pathologist will then examine the sample under a microscope to identify the fungus.

    Treatment of Candida Balanitis

    Treatment for candida balanitis is an antifungal medication. Your urologist may advise an antifungal cream, lotion, or ointment to treat this medical condition. You can apply the antifungal medication straight to the infected area of the skin. Also, you can purchase multiple antifungal medications over the counter. 

    The urologist may prescribe you a stronger medication if the infection does not go away. Topical antifungal medications for this balanitis include miconazole, clotrimazole, and nystatin. 

    In specific scenarios, the urologist can also advise an antifungal medication taken by mouth. It includes medications like fluconazole. Your healthcare provider may recommend using a steroid cream as well to help with the symptoms. If antifungal medications don’t help with yeast infections, you can consider circumcision (Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin covering the tip of the penis). 

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    What Complications Can Occur From Candida Balanitis?

    Candida balanitis can cause numerous complications, some of which are as follows: 

    • Scarring and narrowing of the penis.
    • Pain and difficulty retracting the foreskin or moving the foreskin over the head of the penis.
    • Issues with blood supply to the tip of the penis.
    • High risk of penile cancer.

    What Are The Ways To Prevent Candida Balanitis?

    Practicing good hygiene, like cleaning the penis every day and keeping the area under the foreskin dry and clean dry, is the most effective step a person can take to prevent candida balanitis. In addition, people who repeatedly get candida balanitis should talk with their doctor about undergoing circumcision to treat it. The following tips may help prevent candida balanitis:

    • A person with candida balanitis should pull back the foreskin to expose the glans.
    • They should thoroughly wash the area with warm water, avoiding soap that may irritate and enhance the medical condition.
    • They can use an aqueous cream or another nonsoap cleanser but should rinse it off thoroughly.
    • Make all the above points a part of your daily routine.

    Other good habits that one can adopt to prevent candida balanitis include:

    • Don’t have sex while you are having candida balanitis symptoms.
    • Always use condoms that fit perfectly and are made with materials that will be soft on the skin.
    • Wash your hands before you urinate.
    • If sex triggers your symptoms of candida balanitis, wash your penis after you have it.

    When To Seek Medical Attention For Candida Balanitis?

    It is recommended to seek medical attention from an experienced urologist as soon as you experience symptoms of candida balanitis. This is to get the proper treatment for candida balanitis. Depending on the clinical history, it is also suitable to ensure that it is not a sign of something more severe like a sexually transmitted infection.

    When you seek medical attention for candida balanitis, your urologist will evaluate the cause of your medical condition and then suggest suitable treatment options to treat candida balanitis. If your medical condition does not improve using antifungal medications and the problem persists, your urologist may suggest circumcision.

    Candida Balanitis Surgery Cost & Insurance coverage

    The cost of candida balanitis surgery in India ranges between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 35,000. However, the precise cost of candida balanitis surgery is calculated after evaluating numerous factors, including the city and hospital where the surgery takes place, the type of surgery, the surgeon’s experience, consultation fees of the doctor, post-surgery medications, etc.

    Like most surgical procedures, candida balanitis surgery is also covered under insurance. Pristyn Care offers complete insurance assistance and has a dedicated team that helps patients throughout the insurance claim process. Contact our care coordinators to know more about the insurance coverage of candida balanitis.

    Common FAQs Around Candida Balanitis Treatment

    How long does candida balanitis last?

    Candida balanitis may take some time to heal. After you start antifungal medications, the infection should begin to clear up within one to four weeks. But yeast infections are not easy to control. They frequently return to uncircumcised people. If your symptoms of candida balanitis persist, call your healthcare provider immediately.

    How common are male yeast infections?

    Male yeast infections in men are pretty common. About 3% to 11% of males will have a yeast infection in their lifetime.

    Is candida balanitis hereditary?

    No, candida balanitis is not hereditary.

    Is candida balanitis itchy?

    Yes, an itchy penis is a common symptom of candida balanitis. Other symptoms include phimosis, a rash or ulcer, etc.

    Can candida balanitis be transmitted orally?

    If candida balanitis is because of a sexually transmitted infection, like chlamydia, or gonorrhea, you can pass it on if you receive oral sex before you have been healed completely.

    Which doctor can treat candida balanitis?

    A good and reliable urologist can treat candida balanitis.

    Is there a permanent cure for candida balanitis?

    Laser Circumcision offers a permanent cure for candida balanitis by eliminating an environment for an infection. The foreskin that covers the tip of the penis is surgically removed during circumcision.

    What questions should I ask my healthcare provider regarding candida balanitis?

    Some questions to ask your healthcare provider regarding candida balanitis are:

    • What tests will you conduct to confirm my diagnosis of candida balanitis?
    • Is it safe for me to have sex?
    • What are the best ways to keep my penis clean?
    • Is there a medication you can prescribe to treat candida balanitis?

    What does Candida balanitis look like?

    Candida balanitis looks like moist skin on the penis, possibly with areas of a thick white substance collecting in skin folds. 

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