MEN GET YEAST INFECTIONS, TOO!
Yeast infection!! It’s one of the most embarrassing conditions to be faced by any human being. This is a condition which has been associated with women for centuries. It is most likely due to the nature of a woman’s genitals. The moist condition makes it easy for yeast to accumulate and grow. Even though yeast infections are mostly associated with women, a large number of men have also reported to have had it. Yes, men also get it.
The term “yeast infection” generally refers to a vaginal infection caused by the yeast Candida albicans. Yeast infections can affect other parts of the body. A yeast infection of the mouth is called thrush or oral candidiasis. Whereas a yeast infection of the skin (such as the armpits and groin) is known as cutaneous candidiasis.
Yeast infection in men, known as Balanitis or Balanitis thrush, is an inflammation of the foreskin and head of the penis. Balanitis is most common in uncircumcised men. Boys under the age of four (4) years and uncircumcised men are at higher risk.
What causes yeast infections?
Many men contract yeast infection from sexual contact with their affected female partner, as women are more susceptible to yeast infection.
Other causes and potential risk factors for yeast infection in men include:
•Prolong use of antibiotics
•Condoms that contain lubricant
•Wearing tight –fitting underwear or clothing
•Using soaps and skin products that irritates the skin
Symptoms of yeast infection in men
Unlike yeast infections in women, men generally do not experience symptoms. However, once symptoms do appear, they can cause extreme discomfort and pain. Symptoms of yeast infections in men include :
•Burning with urination (dysuria)
•Irritation and itchiness
•Sores on the foreskin of the penis
•White, lumpy, foul-smelling discharge
•Discomfort during sexual intercourse
•Redness at the top of the penis
How do you treat yeast infection in men?
Most mild yeast infection do not require treatment. Even untreated, it often goes away by itself, but it can sometimes spread to the scrotum, inner thighs and buttocks. Prescribed anti-fungal creams or oral medications help manage symptoms.
How to prevent yeast infection in men
•Practice good hygiene
•Wash the penis regularly with warm water, avoid shower gels and soap
•Wear loose-fitting cotton underwear or boxers
•Keep genitals dry and cool
Definitely, there is no doubt that yeast infection is an embarrassing and uncomfortable condition. It is no wonder a large number of men would rather not discuss it. However, yeast infection is a common condition which can affect anyone at anytime. It can also be treated easily. No one should hesitate to seek medical attention immediately if experiencing yeast infections to avoid further complications.
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