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Candidal balanitis, the infection of the penis with the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans. The usually superficial infection may occur in moist areas of the body, such as the skin folds, mouth, respiratory tract and genitals. It is commonly known as thrush. The infection may rarely spread throughout the body. The condition may develop in patients receiving broad-spectrum antibiotics. Candidiasis of the vagina and penis may be transmitted through sexual contact and re-infection is likely unless both partners are treated simultaneously. Treatment is with anti-fungal drugs.
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