Thrush is a yeast infection caused by a fungus called Candida albicans. Though yeast infections are more common in women, it’s possible for a man to get a genital yeast infection too.

In men, thrush usually affects the head of the penis causing inflammation, a reddish rash, a smelly lumpy discharge, and burning at the tip of the penis. It can also affect the skin, known as candidal skin infection, and the inside of the mouth, known as oral thrush.

Prolonged antibiotic use increases your risk of a yeast infection, and men and women with diabetes or impaired immune systems, such as those with HIV, are more susceptible to yeast infections.

If you and your partner both have symptoms of genital yeast infection, it’s important that you both be treated. Otherwise, you may keep reinfecting each other. Also, it’s generally recommended that you refrain from sexual contact until all signs and symptoms of the infection are gone. It is recommended that you use a topical cream such as Kolorex Intimate Care Cream to clear up the infection.

You can help prevent thrush by cleaning your penis regularly and using a condom while having sex with your partner (if they have thrush). Avoid using perfumed shower gels or soaps on your genitals, as they can cause irritation. Make sure you dry your penis properly after washing. Wearing loose-fitting cotton underwear can help prevent moisture building up under your foreskin, which lowers the chances of the candida fungus multiplying.

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