A yeast infection is not limited to females. Yeast infections found in males are caused by candida albicans, the same organism responsible for vaginal yeast infections. A yeast infection on the male genitals is called balanitis.
The infection is often mistakenly viewed as a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Although it is occasionally shared through sexual intercourse, it is not considered an STD (http://www.youryeastinfection.com/male-yeast-infections.htm)
Recognizing a Yeast Infection
Before beginning any form of treatment, it is important that your condition is correctly diagnosed.
The symptoms of a male yeast infection can include any combination of the following: irritation and itching of the head of the penis, a burning sensation when urinating, a red rash or small white blisters. Although uncommon, a white discharge from the penis can be another symptom (http://www.home-remedies-yeast-infection.com/male-yeast-infection-symptoms.html).
If you are unsure about your symptoms, it is best to visit your physician.
What Causes a Male Yeast Infection?
Yeast naturally grows in warm and moist areas. Uncircumcised males are more prone to infections because the foreskin of their penis often remains moist. Tight-fitting underwear and synthetic clothing that can cause perspiration also help provide the right atmosphere for the yeast to grow.
Antibioitic use is another major cause. Antibiotics strip the body of harmful bacteria but also kill the helpful bacteria that work to fight off illness. Once the helpful bacteria have been destroyed, candida yeast is able to grow undisturbed.
Eating food high in sugar and alcohol abuse can also promote the overgrowth of yeast in the intestines. Once this happens, yeast infections can show up in other areas of the body such as the mouth or groin area (http://stanford.wellsphere.com/complementary-alternative-medicine-article/natural-remedies-to-cure-male-yeast-infection/760201).
Using a natural cure is the best choice for a male yeast infection. Natural remedies are much safer than harsh antifungal medications and generally don't have any side effects.
Natural cures include the following treatments:
Keep the affected area clean and dry. An absorbent powder can be used to help keep your perspiration to a minimum.
Natural yogurt can be used to paint the area. The healthy bacteria found in yogurt help fight the candida yeast. Make yogurt that contains active cultures part of your regular diet.
Olive leaf and oregano herbal supplements can be used to fight candida.
Tea Tree oil, a natural antifungal, can be painted on the area daily. It can be used as a gargle for oral candida outbreaks.
Combine 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup salt in a warm bath. Soak for about 20 minutes.
Garlic is a natural antifungal. Purchase garlic capsules from your health food store or eat fresh garlic to combat the yeast infection (http://stanford.wellsphere.com/complementary-alternative-medicine-article/natural-remedies-to-cure-male-yeast-infection/760201).
Preveting Yeast Infections from Returning
Once their infection has cleared and the itching and irritation are gone, it is important to practice yeast infection prevention.
Keep your penis clean and as dry as possible.Yeast thrives in moist, warm places that aren't well ventilated.
Avoid sugar, alcohol, and breads as much as possible.
Refrain from sexual intercourse until your partner has been treated for yeast infection as well.
Continue to eat yogurt that contains active cultures (http://www.youryeastinfection.com/male-yeast-infections.htm).