Male Yeast Infection

Can men get yeast infection?

Can men get yeast infection? Is there such a thing as male yeast infection? The answer is "yes". Most definitely! Most people associate candida with women but as long as you believe in this myth you will go about untreated until the infection has spread throughout your body and controls your health and well-being.


What causes male yeast infection?

Your body, including the skin, gut and genital areas, contains yeast and bacteria. The bacteria can be either good (beneficial) or bad. However, in a healthy individual, there is a fine balance between the yeast, beneficial bacteria and bad bacteria. There are several factors that can disturb this balance:

  • Antibiotic treatment destroys all the bacteria, good or bad, causing candida to rapidly multiply and flood the internal environment (yeast overgrowth). It is not just women who take antibiotics. It is wise to take probiotics such as yogurt at the same time that you are taking antibiotics
  • Steroid treatment compromises the immune system allowing yeast to grow undetected.
  • Diabetics are very prone to yeast infections because the yeasts thrive on sugar.
  • Catheterization in which a urinary catheter is inserted through the urethra into the bladder can cause male yeast infection.
  • Sexual intercourse with a partner who has a yeast infection. So men can infect women and vice versa.

Symptoms of Candida in Men

Just as women can get vaginal candida in which there is itchiness, swelling, painful urination and a vaginal discharge men can get genital symptoms including redness and itchiness of the penis, painful and burning sensations during urination. There may be a penile discharge. Sometimes, though, you may not realize that you have  male candida because your symptoms may not be in the genital area where most people believe the symptoms should be. For example, you may get headaches, rashes anywhere on the body, athlete's foot, nail infections, urinary tract infections, chronic fatigue, constipation, irritability, feeling sluggish, mood swings, depression, decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, oral thrush, blurred vision and hair loss (symptoms that affect both men and women). You may also feel an increased urgency to urinate and find yourself urinating frequently. 

Testing for Candida

Sometimes the symptoms don't occur in the genital areas so only a test by your doctor will confirm the existence of a yeast infection. The symptoms can occur in other diseases and it it is best to be sure you are treating the correct disease.

Male Yeast Infection Treatment

The treatment for male candida is the same as that for women apart from those that require a vaginal applicator: 

  • Antifungal ointments can be rubbed on the head of the penis and any penile area showing symptoms.
  • Antifungal tablets can be taken orally. Some of these antifungals can be purchased over-the-counter in a pharmacy while some need a doctor's prescription.
  • Natural treatments including dietary changes and herbs to boost the immune system and so prevent infection. 

In the long term, natural treatments are the best because dietary changes and herb intake, provided they are maintained, can completely eliminate the candida. With pharmaceutical antifungal treatments the candida can recur again and again.   

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