Often, a yeast infection is a health problem that people think only affects females. However, it can affect anyone, as well as men. If men leave this problem unattended, untreated, it can lead to other painful, embarrassing, and uncomfortable symptoms. It can also cause serious complications, especially if the infection finds its way into the bloodstream. In most cases, some OTC (over-the-counter) drugs can clear up a yeast infection, but in worse cases, an will be the only choice to stop the root cause of the problem.
In general, “yeast infection refers to vaginal conditions, caused by Candida Albicans yeast and affect different areas of the body. Sometimes, it can find its way into the mouth, called oral candidiasis or thrush, on the skin (armpits); it goes by the name “cutaneous candidas.” However, penis yeast infection is candida, candidal, balanitis thrush, or balanitis.
Balanitis is a term that refers to the infection of the head of the penis or glans. Note that yeast infection affects the foreskin as well, candidal balanoposthitis is the term given to it.
The Causes of Candidal Balanitis in Men:
According to a report of 2010, candida yeasts are responsible for about 30-35% of all the causes of balanitis. However, there is no much study on candida balanitis, hence; it is unclear how many men this illness actually affects in a year.
There are various species of candida, and notably, the candida albicans, live in warm areas, gastrointestinal areas of the body without actually causing any illness (when in a large group, that’s when they cause issues). In fact, as much as 20% of women struggle with Candida, and they do not experience any symptoms.
In a similar way, candida colonizes the genitals of about 14-18% men who do not have the symptoms of balanitis. Unlike the yeast infection in the vagina, penile yeast infection is often a sexually transmitted one. However, candidal balanitis is not an STD because men can also get this infection without any form of intimate relationship with their female partners.
Note that several other factors that play a role in increasing the risk of a yeast infection in men, including:
- HIV or immune-suppressing illnesses
- Diabetes mellitus
- Poor hygiene of the penis
- Some antibiotics that end up killing the “good” bacteria and increase the number of candida’s
In addition, not opting for a Circumcision Center surgery, or being uncircumcised, causes this condition to flare up. In some cases, washing the foreskin with perfumes soaps or shower gels can also irritate the skin and multiply Candida. After showering, not drying the genitals completely can also provide a warm, moist environment for the yeast to grow.
Symptoms of a Yeast Infection in Men:
The early symptoms of the yeast infection in men often include shiny patches, red rash and sometimes-white patches on the penis. Usually, the penis skin would be moist, and you will notice the thick formation of white substances under the folds of the foreskin. Burning and itching are also common on the penis.
Itchiness, redness, and penis pain can also be signs of some other serious conditions, so you should not ignore any symptom once they occur. You should consult your urologist or primary doctor who can diagnose the problem in a single appointment.
The Most Effective Treatment:
In many cases, some topical creams and anti fungal ointments are enough to clear the infection. Most of the anti fungal creams your doctor may recommend include:
Usually, these are also available as OTC medications, and it means you will not really need a prescription. Some serious and longer-term infection of the penis will require stronger strength medications. In some serious conditions, such as balanitis, hydro cortisone or Diflucan can help to keep the condition under control.
Note that in some cases, yeast infections have the chance of returning after specialists help you to cure it. If this happens, your doctor will likely recommend that you walk into their clinic for several weeks of treatment, and daily treatment for weeks. However, if your treatment does not have a positive response to anti fungal ointment and you have an uncircumcised penis, your last resort, and usually the most effective treatment is to have a circumcision surgery. Although this procedure is one done on infants, it is also safe for men of any age group.
In addition to the use of medicated creams, the best way to prevent this problem is through the good practice of hygiene to clear the lingering infection. In some cases, suppressed immune system or diabetes also contribute to the risks of the yeast infection.
At any time, if you feel that you have this problem, or have diabetes, you should work with your healthcare providers to ensure that you are able to maintain your blood sugar levels.
If untreated well on time, a yeast infection, as you can see from the guide above, can lead to other serious health problems. If you experience any symptoms, or feel anything is not right with your penis, make sure that you consult a well-qualified urologist or health expert to help diagnose the problem.
Read More :