Candida in men has been the most frequently occurring yeast infection in a men’s genitalia. Most people fail to recognize this infection and do not treat them early, and thus becoming the host of Candida overgrowth unknowingly. Whenever they come in contact with a woman sexually, they tend to transmit this infection to the women. Thus, this infection can travel back and forth between the two partners. Uncircumcised men are more prone to penile yeast infection. Candida symptoms in men occur in places where the skin is folded such as armpits, groin, areas between your fingers and skin, between genital and anus. These places are best for the growth of yeast as the temperature is higher than the normal body temperature.
In many cases Candida in men is restricted to one’s digestive tract, which is considered to be a gastric problem. People consider themselves having digestive problems and farting is a common reaction due to this. But this can also be caused by Candida because these yeast ferment onto the food and release alcohol. People who take a lot of antibiotics are greatly attracted to Candida infection. To keep away from Candida infection, one should maintain a proper healthy diet and avoid drinking a lot of beer, food rich in sugar and carbohydrates should also be avoided such as yeast bread loafs and peanuts.
Candida Symptoms in Men are as follows
Clinical Features and Complications:
Genital Yeast Infection Symptoms:
Red Rashes on the penis
Burning & Itching Sensation on the penis head (glans penis)
Even though the instances of genital yeast infection are primarily associated with women, men can get one of these infections as well. This is particularly true in case of uncircumcised men because the moist inner surface of the prepuce or the foreskin provides ideal growth conditions for the causative agents of these infections. Therefore, men having sex with women suffering from vaginal yeast infection are at a risk of contacting this disease. However, the problem is that men may not experience any typical symptoms that they can associate with this infection. The most common yeast infection symptoms in men include: red rash of the penis, as well as, burning and itching sensation on the head or the Glans Penis, of their genital organ. Since these symptoms are associated with most of the sexually transmitted diseases in men, it becomes tricky to diagnose a yeast infection in its early stages. Consulting a doctor is the safest bet for treating it early and accurately.
It is vital that Candida yeast infection in men is treated promptly as complications like Phimosis, Meatal stenosis, and Malignant transformation are high likely to happen. If one has any of these presenting or associated symptoms, then one must seek remedies for treating Candida overgrowth at the earliest to avoid such complications.
Condoms that are lubricated with nonoxynol also promote yeast growth in the penis of men and some spermicides used by women during sexual intercourse also increase the risk of yeast growth in the vagina or urethra of women.
A man suffering from Candida Balanitis should not take things casually, as during the later stage of the infection the skin hardens having similar patterns of skin yeast infection. This hardened skin cells crack, and at this stage it’s very painful and the infection becomes harder to get rid of.
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Does Age or Diabetes Play a Role?
A study in 2010 in the ‘Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology’ was made to analyze the risk factor for men suffering from Candida Balanitis. During a period of 36 months, a study was carried out on men in an STD clinic. Clinical and epidemiological data were recorded on specimens collected from the glans penis of patients. Risk factors were noted in a logistic data table, where among 478 (26.2 percent) of men above the age of 60 had Candida colonization and 18 percent had Candida Balanitis. Above the age of 40 for diabetic patients, all had signs of Candida symptoms in men thus, it makes clear that the risk factor duly depends on the age of a patient, or if they have diabetes, as the over 60’s patients and diabetic patients had high rates of Candida Balanitis, which makes them highly susceptible to having outbreaks of Candida yeast infection.
How to Prevent Penile Yeast Infection:
Normally anti-fungal foams and creams, and different kinds of lotions are available for treating Candida depending on the site of the infection. These drug-based medications generally work, but for some men the infection takes a long time to clear completely. This is because the relief is temporary and the infection may come back. This is called recurring Candida. These drugs directly work on the symptoms for a short time, but cannot attack the root cause and even at times the fungus becomes resistant to the drugs. This is a horrible situation when one is desperately trying to eliminate such infection.
However, there are some better ways to treat this infection, which include: taking 2-3 spoons of apple cider vinegar every day, taking a bath in slightly salty water at least twice a day, avoid using strong soap while the infection persists, maintain a healthy diet and eat healthy food, adding coconut oil to one’s diet can also help due to its antifungal properties, and keeping the affected area as dry as possible.
A study in 2011 published in the ‘African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology’ examined various types of infections subjected to Candida Balanitis in circumcised and uncircumcised male and its causes, and various symptom. Candida symptoms in men is more common among uncircumcised males with indications such as redness of the glans penis and foreskin, unusual discharge under the foreskin, formation of red patches on the glans penis and itchiness in the penis and head of the penis. Candida albicans is the fungus that is mostly responsible for these Candida symptoms in men. Poor hygiene was the major cause.
This study clearly highlighted the key visual signs of candida symptoms in men on the penis area, but the frequency in uncircumcised males is far greater than that of circumcised, so it’s essential to maintain good hygiene if one has penile Candida and isn’t circumcised. Anyone suffering from this infection should seek medical advice from their GP to avoid further complications in the future.
Candida Balanitis – Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology – 2010 – by Lisboa C, Santos A, Dias C, Azevedo F, Pina-Vaz C, Rodrigues A.
Balanitis in circumcised or uncircumcised males & its causes – African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology – 2011 – by Kingston Rajiah, Sajesh K. Veettil, Suresh Kumar and Elizabeth M. Mathew
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