Yeast infections in males are due to the fungus Candida albicans, which is a natural yeast in the body. The infection may occur for a few different reasons. One of the more common reasons for contraction is sexual transmission to the male from an infected female. Typically, the female must have a yeast infection in the vagina to be able to pass it to the male. Patients with HIV/AIDS or diabetes diagnoses typically have lowered immune systems, and therefore higher risks for developing or contracting yeast infections. Overuse of antibiotics may also cause proliferation of body fungi, which can lead to yeast infection.
Types of Yeast Infection In Males
Most cases of male yeast infection will occur in the mouth (also known as oral thrush), nail beds or genitals. On rare occasions, yeast may multiply indiscriminately and affect other areas within the body, such as intestinal areas. The skin in the genital area will become sore, red and itchy. A rash will soon follow. These are some of the more common symptoms for sufferers of penile yeast infections. However, oral thrust presents itself by a marked, noticeable formation of lesions, white in color, on and around the tongue. Loss of taste is another common symptom.
Male Yeast Infection Treatments
Commonly, Monistat is the prescribed medication to treat penile yeast infections. It is an antifungal cream which is popular with doctors due to its effectiveness for both males and females. Alternate antifungal methods of treatment which are highly useful for condition improvement are Lotrimin, Lamisil and Micatin. A great number of sufferers also utilize Vagisil cream for quick relief from the itchiness and burning sensations. These antifungal creams are to be applied directly to the affected area, namely the penis and surrounding affected skin surfaces. A nail polish with antifungal properties, like ciclopirox, may also be prescribed by a doctor to treat yeast infections in the nail beds.