Yeast Infections Can Occur In Men Too!

If your sexual partner has yeast infection, then there are chances of getting yeast infection from them to you.

Although yeast infection is not considered as sexually transmitted disease, it can be passed back and forth through sexual intercourse.

In males, the fungus grows under the foreskin of the penis, until it becomes a fully blown yeast infection.

In severe cases, fungus can travel up the man’s urethra and affect the prostate gland. This condition results when a man has unprotected sex with woman who has yeast infection.

Truth about male yeast infections:

Although yeast infections in male are not common, they can occur similarly as vaginal yeast infections. The symptoms that you can identify are pain during sexual intercourse, rashes, burning sensation while urinating and itching of the infected area.

The rashes can occur on the shaft of the penis or on the tip of the penis. Sometimes, men can experience a discharge from penis and this discharge can be milky color and thick in substance. A slight swelling can also result at the affected area.

Constipation, bloating, indigestion, irritability, memory loss, fatigue, and mood swings are the common symptoms of male yeast infections.

Nonoxynol-9 is a common spermicide that is found in contraceptive products. This spermicide kills sperm, but also increases the growth of naturally occurring yeasts. Yeast will feed on sugars, therefore increased blood sugar levels associated with diabetes are candy to yeast.

Home test to confirm male yeast infection:

When you wake up in the morning, before you get out of the bed, spit twice into the water glass that are left from before night. Watch the water glass for 15 minutes. If your spit dissolves and dissipates in water, you don’t have any infection.

If the water becomes cloudy with strings, sinks to bottom, or looks like spider webs, you have an infection.

How to get rid of male yeast infections?

If you suspect that you have yeast infection, you should consult your doctor. You can use same over the counter medications which are available for vaginal yeast infections.

A man can take oral remedies like pills or tablets. He can use cream to help relieve symptoms externally, but the symptoms cannot be cured within the penis.

Lotrimin, gentian violet and aceium can be used for infection treatment. If you are using gentian violet, be careful as it leaves stain on your clothes.

There are two common drugs that can be used for treating the infection: diflucan (fluconazole) and nizoral (ketaconazole). Severe allergic reactions can occur with fluconazole.

Ketaconazole has been used for treating male yeast infections, but it has negative effects on the liver and reduces the ability of the body to produce testosterone and other natural steroids.