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Yeast infection in Men Causes, Genital, Oral, Cures and Remedies

How can a man get a yeast infection or do men get it? What are the symptoms and how do they look like after these symptoms appearing? What is involved in curing it or treatments get rid of the symptoms? Are natural cures or remedies effective?

Causes in male symptoms and treatments

How do men get yeast infections? What are the symptoms to expect? In this part you are going to learn more on what causes it, medical conditions behind it and the symptoms. This will be very essential in familiarizing with yeast infection in men. There are also pictures showing various forms of problem in concern.

candida causes yeast infection in mouth
candida cause in  mouth

Overgrowth of Candida Albicans

First and foremost, it is wise to know that microorganisms that cause it to occur on the skin. Candida is one the species of yeast that is commonly and naturally found in gastrointestinal tract of humans.

Does Candida albicans cause this problem in males? Under certain conditions, the natural microbiome of organisms (bacteria, etc.) may be out of control of growth of this Candida species. These conditions include impaired immune system, diabetic conditions, medications or pregnancy (women).

1. Genital

One of the more common reasons for the genitals is an overgrowth of Candida albicans. What are some common symptoms in men who have this genital infection?

  • Having a moist skin on penis of men who are not yet circumcised,
  • Inflammation especially the head of the penis,
  • White and shiny skin on the penis,
  • Another symptom is burning sensation, accompanied by itching and redness of the penis,
  • White or yellowish discharge from under the penile foreskin,

These candida infection symptoms are more rampant in men who are not yet circumcised. In addition,

After a successful balanitis diagnosis, there may be an urgent need to seek professional advice if balanitis symptoms do not respond positively to over the counter medications cleaning and hygiene.

2. Oral Thrush or Pharyngeal candidiasis

Due to the conditions stated, candida albicans may migrate and inhabit the mouth causing oral candidiasis or thrush in the throat area. Oral thrush can affect both males and females: young children, infants and the elderly who are getting a chemotherapy treatment or have contacted AIDS. Moreover, patients who are suffering from diabetes may be at a high risk of getting the disease.

oral candida infection symptoms [en.wikipedia.org]
oral candida infection symptoms [en.wikipedia.org]

Other possible medical conditions which increase risks are obesity, weakened immune system, diabetes (types 1 & 2)

If you have it in the mouth or within the throat, the following are symptoms of thrush in adults both men and women:

  • Presence of cream-white spots or slight lesions growth on the inside of mouth including the tongue, and inner cheeks. Otherwise, they may be painful lesions on the roof of the mouth, around the gums, or o tonsils.
  • Redness around mouth area,
  • Difficulty or pain while swallowing food due to a sore throat,
  • Formation of small cracks at the mouth corners.

With aid the picture showing oral candida symptoms provided here it is quite easy to relate. However, certain male infection symptoms may be ‘hidden’ – they are oral signs or other cause that go unnoticed by men or women – because they are typical or common hence ignored.

Bad breath, frequent indigestion, and diarrhea, loose stools, bloating, jock itch, fatigue, etc.

3. Invasive Candidiasis

Now, if you don’t treat oral thrush, Candida may be getting into your bloodstream causing a more serious and deadly infection known as invasive candidiasis. Invasive candidiasis is known to cause systemic infections to the lungs, liver, and heart. The other possible way of being infected is through making internal contact with contaminated catheters.

Common symptoms of this condition include persistent fever and chills even after treatment

Oral Sex and Sexual Intercourse

Do men get penile yeast infections or urinary tract infections after sexual intercourse with a vaginal yeast infected women partners? Yes. Men also can get it from oral sex practices (oral thrush infection symptoms above). This is how oral thrush and yeast infection at the same time, can occur in an individual man or woman.

If genital infection of yeast occurs in men, the following are common symptoms of male:

  1. A painful or burning sensation during urination,
  2. Formation of sores on foreskin,
  3. Irritation,
  4. Itching,
  5. Pain or uncomforted feeling during sexual intercourse,
  6. Some men develop indigestion problems,
  7. Temporary memory loss and change in mood is reported in some cases.

Other Related causes

Several other factors are considered to contribute to this problem in men and young children. Some conditions are actually medical reasons whereas a few human vices and behavior also add up.

Prolonged Use of Antibiotics

As noted earlier some microorganisms are of benefit to the human skin. Antibiotics are commonly used to cure bacterial infections. However, if you are on a long-term medication of antibiotics the chances of combating these infections are high. In this case, whether you are male or female, young or adult, you get it since more beneficial bacteria is destroyed.

Diabetes

High blood sugar levels are one of the main causes of thrush as it provides better conditions for yeast to grow, according to [www.diabetes.co.uk]. Owing to this fact men with diabetes are more susceptible to yeast infections.” [www.msu.edu].

Note that some symptoms of diabetes may be signaled by recurring balanitis symptomatic infection.

Smoking

With every puff of cigar or tobacco, there are potential grounds for the growth of yeast on the walls of the inside mouth.

Cure – Topical Creams and Medicines

They include antifungal creams, oral drugs pills, and tablets.

Topical Creams

To begin, topical antibiotic drugs are commonly used in to cure it in men i.e. genital yeast infection or skin thrush. Most of the topical treatments are available over the counter. Examples of topical creams are (Clotrimazole) Mycelex troches Gyne-Lotrimin cream used to treat jock itch, Terconazole, Nystatin or Miconazole that are applied directly to the affected area as per the directions of use.

The effectiveness of these creams which can be used by women as well, relies on the timely usage, best immediately signs begin to show up.

Caution: According to Drugs.com, DON’T use Lotrimin or Mycelex creams get rid of this problem  if you fall into the categories listed below:

  1. Patients with any form of medication, e.g. Pimozide or Ergotamine.
  2. If you are getting food supplements as part of dietary,
  3. People who are allergic to medicines, certain foods or other herbal related substances,
  4. Liver problems.

Now, inflammation may persist as the cure is in progress that will force to rub some prescription cortisone while following the instructions given by the physician.

Oral Medications – Prescription and Non-prescription

As a second treatment option, over the counter pills can be prescribed by a medical practitioner. One of the common oral medication is Fluconazole tablets, especially when recurrent symptoms that do not disappear after using OTC creams. These pills or tablets should not be taken by pregnant women who are showing infection symptoms.

What about treatment for oral infections? If you or your partner has both oral thrush and yeast at the same time (genital), make an appointment first with your doctor to determine the infection channel (who may have infected the other), and any other medical condition that favors oral candida infection. In so doing you can avoid invasive

Depending on the age of the infected ones, your doctor will prescribe oral antifungal mouthwashes, tablets or lozenge solutions. Examples of such drugs are the topical imidazole.

Prescription drugs are the best in curing genital this problem in men, although some (Nizoral and Diflucan) have side effects including reduced liver functionality and problems to do with releasing testosterone hormone.

Best treatments for men

On the general treatments, creams and oral medicines are typically considered the best cure. “Antifungals have been proven to clear up 80 to 90% of yeast infections.”[www.prevention.com]

For instance, treatments involving oral Fluconazole prescription has a success rate of up to 90% according to CDC facts. For just a short period of 7 to 14 days, it is cured fast in patients who have used topical imidazole – Lotrimin, Clotrimazole, Miconazole or Econazole. What do you expect? Few side effects like nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea or gastrin air (flatulence).

What else will work best?

  • Avoid or abstain from sexual intercourse, and other sexual misbehavior.
  • Have a consistent oral hygiene and body cleaning but avoid harsh conditions that trigger inflammation such as tight clothes.

Natural remedies

Apart from the medications, treatments, find more helpful procedures based on natural, or consumer products to get relief from uncomfortable inflammation, itchy and burning caused by this problem. Treating men at home with the natural cure is easy and cost-effective remedies.

1. Herbal Remedies

Before trying other natural remedies give this one first priority.

Gentian Violet

Apply it directly to the affected area to get rid of the symptoms including irritation and pain.

Organic Coconut Oil or Oregano Oil

Both coconut oil and oregano oil can be taken orally. The advantage with coconut oil as the remedy is that it acts as a lubrication during sexual intercourse while preventing the transfer of the yeast from one partner to another.

2. White Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar

Fresh apple cider vinegar is useful while tackling this infection. Just add tablespoonful fresh vinegar to a glass of water daily. It is both an antifungal natural agent and its enzymes play a significant role in controlling the growth in the mouth. As another treatment vinegar i.e. white vinegar relieves of oral candida symptoms – difficulty and pain during swallowing.

3. Cranberry and Lemon juice

While cranberry juice will help redeem the useful bacteria, lemon buffers and brings pH for the naturally occurring bacteria to thrive.

4.  Tea tree Oil

Prepare a dilute tree oil and then apply directly to the external affected area.

5. Organic Garlic

Another home remedy is eating few fresh garlic each day. This natural remedy works because of the anti-fungal and anti-bacterial action property in garlic.

6. Boric Acid

Mix little boric acid with water to make a dilute solution. Clean the affected area and then apply using a soft cloth. After few minutes wash and rinse your hands thoroughly. Repeating this procedure daily for at least a week will help you to quickly get rid of yeast on skin yeast.

Boric acid (not suitable for pregnant women) is effective because it is a mild antiseptic with the ability to counter fungal activity.

More remedies

  1. Don’t overuse bacterial mouthwashes – once per day is best to prevent or reduce oral thrush.
  2. Make a turning point in your lifestyle by limiting sweet foods, beer, and wine that favors candida growing in your mouth. Instead, Dr. Etingins recommends taking certain dietary supplements with probiotics such as yogurt.
  3. Abstain from oral sex to prevent a possible reinfection or transmission more so when medications has begun or are ongoing.
  4. Avoid tight clothing and underwear in favor of loosely fitting ones to keep away warmth on skin that invites yeast causing candida.
  5. Go for circumcision. A sure way of getting rid of genital one is to be circumcised. The foreskin creates high risks of recurring symptoms in men even after administering treatment.
  6. Maintain a good hygiene routine. Ensure that you clean affected parts with warm water and keep dryness. Brush your teeth daily not forgetting to do oral flossing to prevent oral thrush.
Reference and Sources
  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/male-yeast-infection/expert-answers/faq-20058464
  2. http://www.everydayhealth.com/yeast-infection/causes/candida-albicans/
  3. http://www.std-gov.org/stds/yeast_in_man.htm
  4. http://www.webmd.com/parenting/diaper-rash-treatment
  5. http://www.md-health.com/Male-Yeast-Infection.html
  6. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-thrush?page=2
  7.  http://www.prevention.com/health/yeast-infection-treatments
  8. http://www.drugs.com/health-guide/balanitis.html
  9. https://www.msu.edu/user/eisthen/yeast/men.html
  10. http://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes-complications/diabetes-and-yeast-infections.html
  11. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Thrush-men/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  12. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Thrush-men/Pages/Treatment.aspx
  13. http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/invasive/symptoms.html

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