A male yeast infection usually refers to a fungal infection at the tip of penis known as Balanitis although it can refer to an infection anywhere in the groin region. It is often referred to as “itchers” because of the intense itching it causes. Other signs of the infection are a white discharge, blisters on the penis, burning and redness. The penis is often swollen particularly after sex.
Yeast is part of the group of organisms called flora that naturally live in harmony on the skin and mucus membranes. They defend the skin against harmful bacteria and stimulate the immune system. Yeast in small, normal numbers are harmless but in certain conditions they can multiply out of control and they become an infection.
How do you get a male yeast infection?
Warm and moist areas are ideal conditions for the growth of yeast and men who are uncircumcised are more likely to get infected because the foreskin of their penis is often moist. Tight and synthetic clothing make the wearer perspire giving the yeast organisms just the conditions they favor. Loose cotton underpants are the best thing to wear to give adequate ventilation.
A common way a man can get a yeast infection is from his partner during intercourse. Vaginal yeast infections are very common in women and the infection gets passed back and forth. If one partner has a yeast infection it is important that both get treated. Condoms that use spermicide have also been blamed for causing the problem.
The use of antibioitics and diets high in sugar and alcohol can encourage the overgrowth of Candida yeast in the intestines which predisposes the person to infections elsewhere on the body. Antibiotics destroy some of the good bacteria that help keep the yeast in check and they start to grow out of control.
How to treat male yeast infection?
The standard medical treatment is with antifungal drugs. Diflucan, a one dose treatment, is reputed to cure the infection quickly but if the conditions that caused the yeast infection in the first place are not improved it can and often does recur.
Sometimes antifungal creams are prescribed but Clotrimaderm for example can have same side effects as the symptoms which is not pleasant. Some men have resorted to antifungal vaginal creams that are used by women. They can work well in treating male yeast infection too.
Natural health remedies for treating the yeast infection:
- Wash the infected area regularly and dry with a clean towel.
- Paint the area with natural yogurt. The bacteria help crown out the yeast and improve the pH of the skin.
- Its also a good idea to eat a small tub of a good live natural yogurt every day for several weeks.
- An alternative is to apply a few drops of diluted Tea Tree oil to the area every day. It is a natural antifungal. You can also put a few drops in a shallow bath.
- Try soaking in a luke warm bath with half cup of vinegar and a half cup of salt for about 20 minutes.
- Use fresh garlic, a natural antifungal, on your food as much as possible or take a low odor capsule.
- Herbal supplements of Oregano or Olive leaf are also effective against yeast.
- Avoid sexual contact until your condition is completely better.
- Avoid sugar, refined carbohydrate foods and alcohol and make sure to include plenty of fresh vegetables and salads. Use natural sugar free dressings.
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