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Can yeast infections in men cause complications?

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If your immune system is weak, there’s a chance the fungus can spread into your bloodstream. This is a serious condition called invasive candidiasis. You could be at risk if:

A high fever, chills, upset stomach, and headache are all signs that your yeast infection may have spread. If you notice these symptoms, call your doctor right away.

  • You have HIV
  • You have diabetes
  • You’re getting chemotherapy or radiation
  • You need dialysis
  • You’re taking immunosuppressants (drugs that quiet your immune system)
  • You have a central venous catheter (a tube in your chest that’s used to give you medicine)

From: Can Men Get Yeast Infections? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Fungal Diseases: Genital/Vulvovaginal Candidiasis (VVC).”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “Vaginal Yeast Infection.”

Mayo Clinic, “Male Yeast Infection: How Can I Tell If I Have One?”

NHS Choices: “Thrush in Men -- Symptoms.”

Clinical Microbiology Reviews“Candida : Infections of the Genitourinary Tract.”

Medscape: “Balanitis Clinical Presentation.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Can Yeast Infections be Passed on From a Woman to a Man During Sex?”

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre: “Balanitis.”

Health Service Executive: “Candidiasis, Men.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on February 06, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Fungal Diseases: Genital/Vulvovaginal Candidiasis (VVC).”

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: “Vaginal Yeast Infection.”

Mayo Clinic, “Male Yeast Infection: How Can I Tell If I Have One?”

NHS Choices: “Thrush in Men -- Symptoms.”

Clinical Microbiology Reviews“Candida : Infections of the Genitourinary Tract.”

Medscape: “Balanitis Clinical Presentation.”

Center for Young Women’s Health: “Can Yeast Infections be Passed on From a Woman to a Man During Sex?”

Melbourne Sexual Health Centre: “Balanitis.”

Health Service Executive: “Candidiasis, Men.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on February 06, 2019

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