Male Yeast Infection – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Male Yeast Infections

Not many people realize that a male yeast infection is possible, although it’s much less common than in women.  A male yeast infection is also called Balanitis.  A yeast infection is caused by the overgrowth of Candida, a certain type of yeast or fungus (specifically, Candida albicans).  This yeast is found in our body, both in men and women, but when the growth gets out of control is when a yeast infection can occur.

Causes of Penile Yeast Infection

Causes of a male yeast infection can vary.  It has been found to happen more commonly in men who are not circumcised.

Having sexual intercourse with a partner who has a genital yeast infection can pass the infection back and forth between partners; however, some physicians and researchers believe this cause is less common.  It is important, however, that if you are in a sexual partnership that you refrain from sexual contact until all symptoms are resolved.  This is so you do not pass the infection back and forth.

Some other things that make men susceptible to a penis yeast infection are overuse of antibiotics, as well as diabetes because the elevated sugars in the urine provide ample food for yeast.

Male Yeast Infection Symptoms

Symptoms of a penile yeast infection include:

  • Itching and/or burning at the tip of the penis.
  • Red rash on the penis, particularly at the tip.
  • Irritation and soreness at the tip of the penis.
  • Balanitis or swelling of the foreskin.
  • Whitish discharge from the meatus (hole at the tip of the penis).

Simple Treatments for Penile Yeast Infections

As long as it is caught early enough, these yeast infections are relatively simple to treat.  You may also want to take steps to prevent recurrence of a penis yeast infection.  The easiest way to treat a yeast infection is by using over-the-counter antifungal creams or ointments.  It’s okay for men to use creams that are more targeted for women, such as Monistat.  Some research suggests adding a few drops of white vinegar to each dose to treat the infection faster and better.  Just don’t add vinegar alone to the penis because it may “burn” the skin.

Home remedies to cure male yeast infection are the same as those for women who have a yeast infection. It’s best to stop easing any foods that contain yeast and sugar until your yeast infection is gone.

Prescription Treatments for Penile Yeast Infections

If the infection is bad enough and will not go away with the use of fungal creams or other home remedies, it may require a trip to the doctor.  The physician or caregiver will generally give a strong antifungal medication like Diflucan (fluconazole) or Nizoral (ketaconazole) to treat the infection.  Before taking this leap into pharmaceutical treatment, however, be sure to try natural and safer measures because side effects can often be worse than the condition it is treating.

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