Male Yeast Infection
You’re a circumcised male yeast infection cannot happen to you, right? Wrong! One of the most popular myths that men believe in is that being circumcised will prevent a number of penile-related ailments, but don’t kid yourself: circumcised or not, even you can suffer from a yeast infection.
Male yeast infection often referred to as “male candida”, are more common in men than you may think. Male Candida typically happens when the candida fungus on our skin is allowed to grow out of control for a number of reasons:
- Antibiotics & steroids
- Sex with an infected partner (vaginal and anal, since candida lives in all mucous membranes of our bodies)
- Immunity disorder
When men have a yeast infection, they tend to mistake it as an STD like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. When you go to the doctor to find out if you have a yeast infection or not, your physician will do a quick swab test of any discharge in the area. He or she will then look under the microscope and be able to tell you within minutes whether you have an STD or a yeast infection. Most men are relieved to find out that they only have a yeast infection, and not an STD or STI. If you do find out that you have a yeast infection, and if you have a sexual partner, be sure to tell the doctor so he or she may be able to prescribe treatment for your partner as well.
So how do you go about treating your yeast infection? Men tend to go for the antifungal creams and ointments that are available. You may be familiar with some of the more popular ones, such as Monistat, Canesten, and Femistat. Your doctor will also be able to prescribe you a pill to take orally, such as Diflucan.
Not interested in medical treatments? There are a number of natural remedies on the market for men. Some of these you can pick up at your grocery store, like garlic and natural yogurt with “active cultures”. These are both usually eaten (though the garlic may be a bit unpleasant). Check out other options, like diluted tea tree oil and boric acid.
As a final note, be sure to check with your healthcare professional before seeking any natural treatments.