In this post, I’ll be going over some of the more common Yeast Infection Symptoms in Men. Let’s get to it shall we?!
Yeast infections occur as a result of the uncontrolled growth of a yeast fungus known as Candida.
These infections are most common among Women but men can get them too. The main causes of penile yeast infections in men are:
- Having unprotected sex with a woman who has a yeast infection. Although yeast infections do not necessarily spread through sex – it CAN and does happen. If your partner has a yeast infection, it does not guarantee that you will get infected – but the possibility exists.
- Sexual transmission of the infection is not common, but also not completely unheard of. So if you wife/girlfriend has a yeast infection, wait for the infection to be cured completely before having unprotected sex. Do not have sex with a woman who has a yeast infection even if you are wearing a condom or she is using a diaphragm. It can cause her pain and antifungal creams can damage the condom/diaphragm.
- Note: Understand that a yeast infection cannot be classified as a sexually transmitted infection because it can be present in people who are not sexually active.
- Antibiotics: Prolonged ingestion of antibiotics kills the good bacteria that prevent yeast from overpopulating and this subsequently leads to a yeast infection.
- Diabetes: Having high blood sugar levels increases your susceptibility to yeast infections.
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases: They weaken your immune system and make you prone to yeast infections.
- Nonoxynol-9: You are probably well aware that condoms are lubricated. Some brands have nonoxynol-9 added to the lubricant. This can lead to an anal yeast infection in homosexual men. So Avoid condoms that have nonoxymol-9 added to the lubricant.
- Poor hygiene: Yeast thrives in moist warm places. Proper hygiene helps to keep the genital area dry. Wear loose fitting clothes to allow air circulation.
- Use of too many cleansing products (soaps, shampoos, etc.) This may sound contradictory but even though soaps kill bad bacteria and germs; they also kill the good and friendly strains of bacteria that are responsible for keeping yeast at bay.
The most common symptoms of yeast infections in men are as follows:
- 1) Reddish rash on the tip of the penis.
- 2) Irritation
- 3) Itching
- 4) Burning sensation
- 5) Swelling
- 6) All the above mentioned symptoms are observed on the tip and head of the penis(glans) and also on the foreskin in uncircumcised men.
- 7) A white, clumpy discharged in observed in some men. (Not to be confused with smegma in uncircumcised men.)
- 8) Pain while urinating and/or having sex.
Note that the symptoms of a penile yeast infection are very similar to those of genital herpes. Please consult a doctor if you are not entirely sure of your condition.
If you and your partner both have a genital yeast infection, then you should avoid sexual contact until BOTH of you are completely cure. Otherwise, you will just keep passing the infection onto each other.
Simple home remedies for a penile yeast infection
- 1) Difulucan (fluconazole) is a capsule which contains the drug fluconazole (150 mg). These capsules are easily available over the counter and the treatment is effective in 80 to 90 percent of the cases.
- 2) Antifungal creams and ointments such as clotrimazole, ketoconazole, miconazole, econazole etc.
- 3) Probiotics are often used by women to treat vaginal yeast infections. However, there is little mention of probiotics in the treatment of penile yeast infections.
Proper hygiene, nutrition, sexual protection and exercise can all help in preventing yeast infections in the future.