Male Yeast Infection Natural Remedies
Anyone can get a yeast infection, also known as Candidiasis, and although it is more common in women, men also are susceptible. Unfortunately, this can be surprising for some men to hear. Many infected men can go a long time without knowing they have a yeast infection, because too often men think that this disease exclusively affects females. While uncommon, men can get yeast infections, and it is very important for yeast infections to be treated as they can lead to more serious problems. Also, yeast infections among circumcised men are rare, because the fungus causing the infection needs heat and moisture to thrive, and those conditions are more prevalent among uncircumcised men due to the presence of foreskin.
Here are a few facts about what can lead to male yeast infections:
- While rare, it can be sexually transmitted if a man has unprotected sexual intercourse with a woman who is suffering from a genital yeast infection
- Antibiotic use, especially prolonged use, can increase risks of contracting a yeast infection, along with use of corticosteroids, immunosuppression
- Poor hygiene and even using too many cleansing products can lead to yeast infections
- Diseases such as diabetes and HIV or other diseases that can compromise the immune system can increase susceptibility for yeast infections
- Yeast infections can live dormant on the skin of male genitals and be activated during sexual intercourse due to the change in temperature and moisture, which can lead to men infecting their partners
- Uncircumcised males are at higher risk of contracting a yeast infection
While male yeast infections can be brought on by a variety of sources, the signs and symptoms of male yeast infections are not very different from female yeast infections:
- Presence of a rash, red or pink, around the tip of the penis and around the shaft and foreskin if uncircumcised
- An uncomfortable sensation of itching and/or burning, also around the tip of the penis
- Discomfort urinating with a burning sensation
- Unusual penile discharge that is whitish and possibly clumpy or may present with more infection-like discharge that is yellow or green depending on the severity of the infection
- Undiagnosed, an untreated yeast infection can lead to a urinary tract infection that could be dangerous if not treated
Natural remedies for male yeast infections can be as simple as keeping your genital area very clean and dry. Wash thoroughly and often and keep your genital area free from moisture, because the fungus thrives and grows in moist environments. There are also several remedies for yeast infections on the market that may help. Also, refrain from sexual contact until the signs of the yeast infection are gone. If both you and your partner have signs of a yeast infection, make certain both of you are treated to prevent re-infection.
It is highly recommended that you consult a physician if you have any signs of a yeast infection, because many of these symptoms also can be symptoms of far more serious sexually transmitted diseases. A proper diagnosis is important and pharmaceutical treatment may be prescribed.