A yeast infection is generally caused by the single-celled fungus, Candida albicans. This microbe is actually always present in the genital area. While an infection is much more common with women, men are not immune from this problem, especially in cases of a depressed immune system. An infection can also be transmitted during sexual intercourse.
A penile yeast infection is characterized by itching, burning, and red, patchy sores on the head of the penis. Some discharge is also possible. For some men, symptoms may be minimal or non-existent. Conventional treatment includes the use of prescription drugs such as Diflucan and Nizoral, which do come with negative side effects. What about using a natural male yeast infection home remedy?
Drink Anti-Fungal Tea
One way to treat a penile yeast infection is to drink an herbal tea that has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Pau d’arco is the first herb of choice for this use. It is common enough that you should be able to find herbal tea bags at your local health food store. To make this healing infusion with loose leaf pau d’arco boil one quart of clean water with two tablespoons of the dried leaves for about five minutes. You can store this tea in the refrigerator and drink throughout the day. Strain out the leaves before drinking.
Clove is another helpful anti-fungal herb. Steep five or six cloves in a cup of boiling water for ten minutes. Drink up to three cups daily. Clove tea is a powerful antiseptic and it is also very good for the digestive system. Alternating between these two anti-fungal teas is beneficial.
Apple Cider Vinegar Soak
Another simple, safe, effective home remedy is an apple cider vinegar soak. You can make a shallow bath with warm water and one-half cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak for a few minutes to destroy the harmful microbes. While vinegar is a very useful natural remedy for yeast infections, do not apply directly to the skin as it may be painful. Always dilute in water.
You can also apply some of the same natural remedies for a female yeast infection to treat a penile yeast infection. Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic agent. Wild oregano oil is known to have strong anti-fungal properties as well. Dilute a small amount of either in water and then apply with a clean cotton cloth.
Plain yogurt can also be applied to the infection. You can apply it directly to the skin and then wash off and dry well. Eating yogurt regularly will also help to inhibit the growth of more fungus.
Addressing diet is important for helping the body overcome the infection and also preventing more fungal growth. Be sure to drink plenty of clean water, eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt, whole grains, and lean proteins. Adding garlic and cranberry juice to the diet will also help to keep your body cleansed of harmful bacterial and fungi. Avoid sugar, white flour products, citrus fruits, aged cheeses, and fermented foods.
While using a male yeast infection home remedy can serve as an effective, natural form of treatment, it is important to see a doctor if the problem persists. Yeast infections should clear up. If they don’t it is possible there is another underlying cause that needs to be addressed.
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Yeast Infections in Men https://www.msu.edu/~eisthen/yeast/men.html
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