Q. The skin on the shaft of my penis is shiny-looking with no other signs. What should I do?

Answered by
Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 11, 2022

Hi doctor,

I am a 41-year-old male. I wanted to know about a possible yeast infection on the shaft of my penis? The skin on the shaft is shiny-looking.

I have no itching, pain, discomfort while peeing, or other signs. I noticed it two weeks ago.



Welcome to

I understand your concern.

As per the history provided, it may be candida balanitis. It is a fungal infection of the glans penis and shaft of the penis. It appears reddish or pale white with scales and may also show signs of disease in the form of white discharge and a foul smell with occasional itch and pain. They may develop due to changes in immunity, hygiene issues, changes in hormonal balance, frequent sexual activities, climate changes, and excess usage of harsh chemicals disrupting the mucosal barrier helping to fight infections.

I suggest the following:

1. Clotrimazole cream is to be applied on the affected area twice daily for six weeks or till the symptoms reduce.

2. Lukewarm saline to wash the affected area and private parts twice daily. After cleaning and drying the site, the above cream may be applied.

3. Capsule Becosule Z (combination of Vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin B complex) to be used once daily after food for four weeks at night.

4. Capsule Itraconazole 200 mg once daily in the morning after food for two weeks.

5. Avoid using harsh chemicals and soaps or shampoos to clean the area as they were maybe harmful and may disrupt the mucosal protective barrier leading to infections.

6. Ensure following a balanced and timely diet with proper water consumption.

7. Kindly inspect your sexual partner, if any, and ensure they undergo treatment to avoid recurrences.

8. If there is secretion, I would advise you to undergo a swab test where the secretion on the affected area is taken for laboratory testing to know the organism which has led to the infection and the medication the organism is most sensitive to. This may be done in a laboratory or after an in-person consultation with a doctor.

9. In case of the development of new symptoms and discomfort, please consult a doctor in person to rule out other infections which may also affect private areas. In severe cases, consultation with a surgeon may be done.

10. Avoid sweating and stagnation of moisture in your private parts. Make sure to wear loose clothing and underwear to avoid excess heating, and ensure to air your private area from time to time to avoid stagnation of moisture.

I would also like to request you provide an image, if possible, in the image option in query session for further assessment of the affected area and to provide more information and further management if needed.

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