Yeast Infection in Men
Yeast infection in men is certainly less common than the incidence of the disease in women. Men have particular unique symptoms that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to effective treatment.
Candida yeasts are present in everyone, no matter how healthy you are. While these yeasts do serve a purpose in the body, they can cause physical distress if they begin to overgrow. The overgrowth of candida, medically known as candidiasis, is commonly referred to as a yeast infection.
Yeast infections have an infamous reputation in women with vaginal yeast infections the most common. However, candidiasis is not only restricted to females. Yeast infection in men can thrive if the environment is right.
Common Causes of Yeast Infection in Men
The overgrowth of candida causes yeast infections in the penile area. Several different external factors play a role in the body producing too much candida yeast. One of the biggest factors that plays a role in the production of yeast is your immunity. If you have a nutrient deficiency, a low blood cell count, low stomach acidity, HIV, AIDS, cancer, or you suffer from stress, your immune system cannot fight the production of candida.
Low immunity is not the only external factor to consider. Your diet plays a huge role in the balancing of yeast in your body. If you eat the wrong foods, good bacteria in your body will not fight the growth of Candida. Antibiotics, diabetes, condoms, and unprotected sex all play a role in yeast infection in men.
Common Symptoms of Yeast Infection in Men
Yeast infections can have a painful affect on the body. If you suffer from a penile yeast infection, you could show one or more of the following symptoms:
Burning Sensation: If you feel a burning sensation in your penis, you may have a penile yeast infection. This feeling persists and is very similar to the feeling when you urinate.
Irritation: Irritation on the head of the penis is one of the most common signs of yeast infection in men. The irritation will cause itching and pain.
Sores on the Penis: Sores on the penis can be painful and embarrassing. If you have red sores or blisters on your penis, you should seek medical attention immediately.
White Discharge: Discharge in men is not quite as common as discharge in men. While it is not common, it is a symptom you should not ignore.
One of the worst symptoms of yeast infection in men is not displaying any of the symptoms at all. If you know that your partner has recently had a yeast infection, you will want to be on the lookout for any signs or symptoms that you may have been infected as well. Keep in mind that the symptoms can go undetected for a while and then emerge suddenly.
To prevent reoccurrence effectively, you will need to fix the root of the cause by changing your diet and balancing the living organisms in your body.
There are a number of male yeast infection treatments available. You can try some homeopathic solutions or you can get prescription medication such as Diflucan and Nirzoral which are common treatments for the infection.
Here are a few other things you can try which can be helpful..
- Increase your intake of yogurt and garlic: Yogurt provides you with the ‘good’ bacteria that your body needs to restore the balance of Canidia. Eating an increased supply of garlic will also help you beat the yeast infection.
- Over the counter medication: Consider using over the counter medications that are designated to treat yeast infection in women such as Monostat. Some suggest adding a small amount of vinegar to the Monostat to see the best results.
- Avoid sexual intercourse: Because yeast infection can be contracted or spread to your partner, it is important that you abstain from sexual intercourse until the symptoms of the infection are completely gone.
- Don’t take antibiotics: Antibiotics are a particularly common cause of a yeast infection. Try to refrain from taking antibiotics unless it is absolutely necessary. Doctors are often quick to prescribe antibiotics for very minor things that your body may be able to beat on its own. Not only can they promote yeast infection in men and women, they can also weaken your body’s ability to fight off other infections.