Do men get yeast infections? Yes, they do! Male yeast infections can be just as painful and irritating as those suffered by their female counterparts. This article explains a little more about yeast infections in men and offers both conventional and natural treatment suggestions.
Symptoms of Male Yeast Infection
The most common symptoms of male yeast infection are:
- Soreness and Itching at Head of Penis
- Reddish Blisters at Head of Penis
- Thick, Cottage-Cheese-Like Discharge from Penis
Note: These symptoms are very close to that of genital herpes. Be sure to get tested by a doctor first before using any yeast infection treatments.
Causes of Male Yeast Infection
Male yeast infection can be caused by a variety of factors. The most common being:
- Sexual Transmission
If you have unprotected sex with a female or male partner who has a vaginal or anal yeast infection, you can contract it this way. If you know your partner has any type of yeast infection, avoid sexual intercourse until the infection is completely cured or you’ll just end up passing it back and forth.
- Antibiotic Overuse
Taking heavy doses of antibiotics can deplete healthy gut flora, which can lead to chronic yeast infections. If you’ve recently had a round or two of antibiotics, adding a good probiotic to your diet can help prevent and treat yeast infection.
- Spermicidal Lubricant
The spermicidal lubricant, nonoxynol-9 can cause anal and penile yeast infections in men. If this is a concern for you, use condoms without spermicidal lubricant. Your female partner may choose to switch to a diaphragm instead of spermicidal condoms to prevent pregnancy.
Diabetic men are also more prone to yeast infections due to the high concentration of sugar in their urine.
The most common conventional treatment is an over-the-counter remedy such as Monistat 7. Instead of inserting the product, you can rub it over the head of the penis to relieve discomfort, itching and cure the infection.
Hot Sitz Bath with Apple Cider Vinegar
Fill your bathtub so it’s enough to cover your buttocks and hips. Add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and soak for twenty minutes. For severe cases, do this four times per day.
Taking a high-quality probiotic supplement will help stabilize your gut flora and crowd out bad bacteria.
It may taste awful but eating a clove or two of fresh, organic garlic each day can help kill the male yeast infection from the inside out.
Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
Eat one teaspoon of organic, cold-pressed coconut oil to kill male yeast infection.
Buy some plain, organic Greek yogurt and spread it on the affected area. This will provide soothing relief from the discomfort of male yeast infection.
Yeast infections aren’t only limited to women. If you’re a man with a yeast infection, you know how uncomfortable and painful it can be. These conventional and natural treatments should cure your infection and help you feel better fast.
If yeast infection persists, clean up your diet. Trade processed foods for whole-food fare such as organic meat, chicken and fish, fresh vegetables, fruit, non-gluten grains such as quinoa, amaranth and millet and low-sugar dairy products. Add lots of garlic, oregano and cayenne to your diet to kill the yeast.
If the problem still persists after months of proper diet and yeast treatments, see a doctor.