Yeast Infections - Men Beware!

Yeast infections are commonly looked at as something that only affects women, but men beware—you can get them too—and it’s not pretty!

The notion that yeast infections only happen in women may have to do something with the media and the many numbers of adverts for yeast infection treatments. This has also led to many believing that yeast infections only occur in the vagina so imagine the horror of those men who awake one morning to find their penis red and sore and oh-so itchy! Alert: You do NOT need a vagina to get a yeast infection!! Yeast infections in men ARE possible!!

Yeast infections occur because of an overgrowth of Candida albicans—something that we all have in our bodies. This fungus can turn to mold from if the conditions are just right and cause a yeast infection in anyone regardless of sex or age. They can also occur anywhere on the body from the skin to the mouth.

Male yeast infection symptoms vary slightly depending on location, but we’ll get to the nitty-gritty and discuss the type that would be of most concern to men: penis yeast infection. This type of yeast infection in men can cause no symptoms at all in an otherwise healthy male; bit some of the possible male yeast infection symptoms include: a yellow to white discharge, pain after intercourse and the end of the penis may become inflamed with redness and white patches.

As mentioned; men with yeast infections may not show any symptoms at all, and the ones that are possible closely resemble other conditions that may be more serious, so seeing a doctor to be properly diagnosed is a must.

You may be wondering why you would bother to see a doctor if you have no symptoms indicating that something is wrong, but, if you have had intercourse with a woman who has had a yeast infection then there is a very good chance that you can have one too. In fact; if you partner suffers from chronic yeast infections; then you my friend, may well be to blame! Yeast infection can be passed back and forth between partners for years! That’s right—years. So if you suspect that you may have a yeast infection then you need to seek a medical diagnosis and complete treatment before having intercourse again.

Some things that you can do to treat a male yeast infection are:
- Keep the area clean and dry (dry, loose clothing is best)
- Apply Tea Tree or Garlic Oil to the affected area twice a day for a week
- Boil your underwear after washing to kill germs
- Avoid scented soaps, lotions and powders which contain possible irritants
- Wear a condom during sex

And finally, take care of your immune system! Eating well, exercising and avoiding excessive alcohol, steroids, drugs or antibiotics will help to keep your immune system in tip top shape and give you a better chance at fighting yeast.

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