Just like breast cancer, a yeast infection can happen to men as well. Though uncommon, a male yeast infection can be just as painful as a woman’s and it should be dealt with as soon as possible. Yeast is a naturally occurring organism that is found throughout the ecosystem, including on human skin.
When the yeast already present in the body is able to multiply or if it is taken over by foreign yeast strains, then a yeast infection occurs. The body tissues become itchy and inflamed as a result of yeasts invading the cell tissues.
Though not a sexually transmitted disease, a yeast infection can be transferred from a woman to a man during sex. Unfortunately, due to its low prevalence among men, men who suffer from a yeast infection are less likely to seek treatment due to fear of social stigma and embarrassment.
Symptoms of an infection may take a few weeks to develop and are similar to both genital herpes and female yeast infections. The actual tissue of the penis can be itchy, red or sore with small red bumps on the head. Some patients also experience a white, clumpy discharge.
If you exhibit any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately to be diagnosed and treated. If you have a sexual partner than you need to inform them immediately and stop all sexual contact until the symptoms and infections clear up.
Treatment options are limited for men because a male yeast infection is not as common as the female version. Drugstore topical creams are not available for men; however using a topical application intended for women has been shown to work on men as well. Oral antifungal medications are the main course of treatment and they work internally to rectify the situation.
As you’re waiting for the antifungal medication to work, there are some things you can do to relieve some of painful symptoms of the male yeast infection. Cutting out fermented products, like beer and bread, can help to reduce the pain. Modifying your diet only needs to happen while the infection is present; once the treatment is complete, you can return to your normal diet including yeast products.
Treating a male yeast infection is easily attainable with antifungal drugs and topical creams. With more awareness of this disease, the development of targeted male medications, and the decline in stigma will result in less men suffering in silence.