Here we cover male yeast infection symptoms, causes, and treatment choices. We also cover a related, more general male condition called Balanitis (see bottom of this page).
Male Yeast Infection
Men can develop a yeast infection although it’s not as common for men as it is for women. While outbreaks of yeast overgrowth can show up anywhere on the body the most common locations are the mouth, skin and the male genitals. Oral yeast infection, often called thrush, is covered on our Oral Thrush page [future page]. The rest of this page focuses on penile yeast infection. Women should also be familiar with male yeast infection symptoms since it is possible for partners to transmit the yeast infection back and forth.
The major symptoms of penile yeast infection in men is irritation, itching, and soreness of the head of the penis. The head may also show redness and have small white blisters.
Other male yeast infection symptoms burn sensation with urination or other contact. There is usually not white discharge as with women but it may be possible in some cases.
Male yeast infection is sometimes referred to as Balanitis which is a condition that displays the same symptoms as male yeast infection symptoms. See bottom of this page for more details.
WARNING: It is very important to be careful in doing self-diagnosis of male yeast infection symptoms since they are very close to those of genital herpes and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Thus if you have any doubts be sure to visit your doctor.
The main penile yeast infection causes include the following:
use of antibiotics
Yeast infection can be transmitted between marriage partners by direct contact. However, remember that the Candida Albicans organism is normal, healthy part of your body. The root problem therefore is when there is an overgrowth of the yeast organism. Thus, for yeast infection in men, they also should consider their overall health situation. Factors such as antibiotic use, diabetes, and diet are likely factors that have made them more susceptible to yeast infection. On the other hand, if their spouse is suffering from a yeast infection this does expose them to much greater concentrations of this normally ‘friendly’ organism. Thus intimate contact should be considered as one factor in causing yeast infection in men.
If either person has an active infection, refrain from intimate contact to avoid exposing your partner. This will also help the infected person avoid discomfort and irritation.
Another major factor of yeast infection in men is extensive antibiotic use. As with females, over time the antibiotics will kill off the friendly bacteria that is a normal component of the micro-oganisms in your body. As these are killed off, the is less and less competition for the yeast organisms and they can start to take over.
Patients with diabetes are more likely to show male yeast infection symptoms. This could be due to the yeast organism feeding off of raised level of sugar in the system.
If you’re believe you have a penile yeast infection you have a number of treatment choices.
Men can use many of the same medications and drugs available for women. For a complete description of these see the following pages:
Specifically, for men with yeast infection, you may wish to start with application of plain yogurt. The refrigerated, cool yogurt is reported to sooth the irritation and itch while it provides a healthy dose of competing micro-organisms.
Other preparations from our home remedies page can be used, however, you should be careful whenever you try something the first time. Apply all substances (e.g. crushed garlic) in diluted quantities to a tiny test spot to see how your skin responds. Of course, ingesting (i.e. eating) normal quantities of yogurt or garlic and other fungus-fighting herbs shouldn’t be a problem.
What is balanitis? The term Balanitis is used to describe all inflammation of the skin covering the foreskin and/or head (glans) of the penis.
reddening of foreskin or penis
rashes, white bumps, on the head of the penis
pain or soreness of the penis and foreskin
The male yeast infection symptoms – redness, inflammation, irritation – are all consistent with this general condition. However, many problems other than yeast infection could be the cause.
Balanitis is usually caused by poor hygiene especially in uncircumcised men. The inflammation can also be due to a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, caustic soaps, or failure to properly rinse soap off while bathing. Another common cause is from allergies, such as those of latex and chemicals used in condoms or skincare products. Several other diseases, including Reiter's syndrome and lichen sclerosis, erythema multiforme, can also cause balanitis.
WARNING: Balanitis or male yeast infection symptoms can also be caused by sexually transmitted disease. Be sure to see your doctor right away of symptoms persist or get worse.