An Overview of Male Genital Yeast Infection

Male Genital Yeast Infections

Male genital yeast infections, known as thrush, occur from an overgrowth of the candida albicans species of fungus. All human bodies have candida growing in warm moist areas, such as the genitals, but the bodies natural immune system keeps the fungus under control. The fungus rarely causes adverse problems in healthy individuals but an overgrowth can occur if the individual takes a prolonged coarse of antibiotics. Men undergoing chemotherapy also can suffer from the disorder. An impairment of the immune system caused from diabetes or HIV can also cause genital yeast infections to occur in men. Uncircumcised men often suffer from genital yeast infections more than men who are circumcised.

A genital yeast infection is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, but on rare occasions a partner who is suffering from an on overgrowth of the yeast may pass it on during intercourse. Men who rarely or never have sexual intercourse are more at risk of developing a genital yeast infection than men who indulge in regular sexual relations, according to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Symptoms

Genital yeast infections in a man can cause the following symptoms.

1) Itching of the penis

2) Redness or inflammation around the glans.

3) Painful urination

4) Difficulty retracting the foreskin over the glans of the penis

5) A cottage cheese like substance that collects around the glans of the penis or under the foreskin. The substance is often said to smell like yeast.

Prevention

Men who suffer reoccurring genital yeast infections should consider avoiding perfumed soaps when bathing. Increasing the frequency of bathing can also help reduce the number of yeast infections, especially in an uncircumcised male.

Wearing loose fitting underwear and keeping the penis dry can also prevent an infection from occurring, according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Diagnosis

A man should seek immediate medical treatment if he fears that he may be suffering from a genital yeast infection. Many disorders, especially sexually transmitted diseases, can mimic the symptoms of a yeast infection. The medical practitioner will take penile swabs and evaluate the symptoms to determine the cause of the disorder.

If a yeast infection is diagnosed, the male's partner may also require treatment to reduce the amount of yeast residing within her vagina.

Treatment

A doctor may prescribe an anti-fungal cream to apply to the affected penis. Steroid creams may reduce the symptoms. Practicing good hygiene and regular bathing can also naturally treat a yeast infection. Always thoroughly dry the penis after a shower or bath.

Avoid having sexual relations until the disorder has been treated and all symptoms have disappeared.

Sources

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

BBC: What is Thrush?

STD's and You: Male Yeast Infections

Mayo Clinic: Male Yeast Infecfion