What are Male Yeast Infections

candida dietMale yeast infections do exist, and they are widely overlooked and misunderstood. Most men can go through life without knowing that they have a yeast infection because the symptoms are difficult to detect. When women get vaginal infections, it is a clue something is wrong. Men are built differently, so it isn’t as clear. Men will go for long periods of time not knowing until the infection begins to cause other problems.

Typically men are informed by their significant other that they might have a yeast infection. If she has it, it is very likely that he has it as well. So they both should take an anti-fungal prescribed by a doctor.

During sex a man’s urethra is exposed. He can catch a yeast infection from an infected female. The yeast then travels from his urethra to his prostate. You may not see any problems right away. However many males experience prostate problems later in life.

Many men get skin yeast on their penis. This is seen in men who drink beer. The yeast remains dormant until he has sex. The vaginal canal is the perfect breeding place for yeast. During the process of sex, a woman can pass the yeast right back to him. The yeast travels through his exposed urethra and to his prostate. Now it’s a bomb waiting to go off.

Common Symptoms of Male Yeast Infection
- constipation
- bad breath
- bloating
- indigestion
- jock itch
- dry itchy flakey skin
- athletes foot
- prostate problems
- memory loss
- frequent diarrhea
- frequent intestinal gas
- very loose stool
- irritability
- mood swings
- sexual dysfunction
- fatigue
- cravings
- rash itching or burning on the tip of the penis

The cravings are for foods that will feed the yeast infection. They include pasta, chips, sweets, etc.

Most male yeast infections are treated with drugs that are found in your nearest pharmacy. To treat it simply apply to to the affected area twice a day for a week. If it persists, you should speak with your doctor. If you are in a relationship and one of you has a yeast infection, you both should seek treatment. It is easily passed back and forth between partners, so you should be careful. Reoccurring yeast infections may be associated with a medical problem like diabetes. Yeast infections are more commonly seen in women. Roughly 30 percent of women will experience a yeast infection at some time in their life. The greatest reason for men contracting a yeast infection is through sexual intercourse with a woman who is infected.

Diabetics and uncircumcised men are at greater risk of getting a yeast infection. The foreskin in an uncircumcised man can hold in more moisture, which is a breeding ground for a yeast infection. Men who are HIV positive also have a greater risk of getting a yeast infection. It is also important to note that a yeast infection can also occur in the oral cavity.

The lubricant nonoxynol-9 which is used with condoms can also contribute to yeast infections. Antibiotics have also been found to increase the likelihood of getting a yeast infection because they kill off the bacteria in the body that keeps yeast in check.

Yeast infection is also possible in young boys. It can happen when feces makes contact with the penis, or from diaper rash. So it is important to know that yeast infections can hit at any age. However, sexually active men are more prone to contracting it.

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