Male yeast infections: Can I use Monistat?

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Male yeast infections: Can I use Monistat?

Question

I have a yeast infection on my penis, and my doctor recommended an over-the-counter treatment. But the products I've seen say "for vaginal use." Are these safe to use for male yeast infections?

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Answer

Yes. The very same yeast that causes vaginal infections in women can cause infections of the penis in men. So, you can safely use over-the-counter anti-fungal treatments such as Monistat — even though these products are labeled "for vaginal use" — to treat male yeast infections. Over-the-counter yeast infection treatments such as Monistat are marketed to women because genital yeast infections are much more common in women than in men.

To treat a male yeast infection, apply the medication directly to the affected skin on your penis twice daily for about a week. If the rash doesn't go away after about a week or if it recurs frequently, you should get a medical evaluation. Persistent or recurring yeast infections can be associated with other medical conditions such as diabetes.

Last Updated: 07/11/2006
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