You may be unaware that it is possible to have a male yeast infection. Usually it is more common in women but some men do experience a male yeast infection. There are many different factors and causes that contribute to a male yeast infection.
What is a male yeast infection?
Outbreaks in yeast occur all over your body but are more common in your mouth, skin and genitals. It is possible for men to get both oral yeast infection, also known as thrush, and penile yeast infection.
What causes a male yeast infection?
There are three main causes of a male yeast infection:
- Sexual transmission
- Antibiotic use
Sexual transmission- a yeast infection can be transmitted between partners by sexual contact. The main cause of a yeast infection, Candida albicans organism is considered normal, it is when there is an over abundance that a yeast infection occurs. If a man’s partner is experiencing a yeast infection they are more than likely to contact it as well.
Antibiotic- Serious antibiotic use has been linked with yeast infection in men. The antibiotics cause the Candida albicans to grow at a much faster rate.
Diabetes- those with diabetes are more than likely to develop a yeast infection because the yeast organism will feed off elevated high blood sugar numbers in their system.
What are the treatments of a male yeast infection?
It is important before trying any treatment options for a male yeast infection, to speak with your doctor and make sure that is exactly what you have. Once you have been diagnosed with a male yeast infection you have a few different treatment options.
OTC medications: Medications such as Monistat-1, which contains ticonazole, Monistat-3, which also contains ticonazole, Femstat or Mycelex that contains butoconazole, Monistat-7 which contains miconazole, and Gyne-Lotrimin that contains chlotrimazole. All of these products are anti fungal products. Anti fungal products will attack and kill the yeast fungus.
Prescription medications: Your doctor may prescribe a few different prescription medications to treat a male yeast infection such as topical creams and pills. They are known by the names Gynazole that contains butoconazole, Terazol that contains terconazole, Diflucan that contains fluconazole, and Nizoral that contains ketoconazole. Make sure to read over the side effects of each medication before you begin taking it. That way you know what you are looking for and can report back to your doctor.
Home treatment options-
There are a few different home treatment options you can use to treat a male yeast infection.
Yogurt- Yogurt is a natural probiotic and a great source of lactobacillus which is a body friendly bacterium. It is recommended to eat one cup of yogurt daily to treat a male yeast infection.
Garlic- Garlic is a known anti bacterial product. Try putting garlic on to your meals daily to treat a male yeast infection.
Having a male yeast infection is an embarrassing condition for a lot of men. But it important to remember that a male yeast infection is common in men and can be treated properly with many different methods.