Yeast Infections In Men & Women: Are Home Remedies Effective?

Remedies For Candida Infection

The most common medical treatment for yeast infection is an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream.

This cream is applied directly to the genitals and should hopefully clear the infection up in a short period of time. If the infection does not go away with this cream, an anti-fungal prescription for tablets by mouth, such as Diflucan, may be prescribed.

Important: Before using any kind of treatments, it is best to go to the doctor to rule out other medical conditions – herpes being high on the list – so you are definitely getting relevant treatment!

Traditional remedies for yeast infection 

Garlic contains active ingredients that will curb yeast overgrowth. If you can tolerate them, raw garlic tablets or chewing raw garlic can help to cure the infection, because garlic is a proven anti-fungal agent.

Low sugar yogurts contain probiotic bacteria which help to restore the proper balance of bacteria and yeast in the body; they also assist with digestion, and many people choose to use these when suffering from a yeast infection.

Apple cider vinegar and honey have been used as home remedies too.

Try one or more home remedies to see if they help clear up the yeast infection. If not, visit your doctor to determine if there is something else going on.

There is no reason to be embarrassed. It is best to know what you are suffering from so you get the proper treatment and clear the problem up in the shortest time possible.

With the right care, the infection will be gone and you can get back to your normal life without pain or itching.

Watch this extraordinary explanation of yeast infection in men and women….

Men Can Get Yeast Infections Too

As already discussed, a yeast infection is caused by the same fungus in men as it is in women: Candida albicans.

The symptoms are slightly different though, so you need to be checked by a doctor to ensure that you do not have a sexually transmitted disease.

And because information about these problems in men is harder to find than information about the same condition in women, here are some things you need to know if you suspect you have developed an infection linked to overgrowth of Candida albicans in the genital area, or indeed anywhere else.

Symptoms of Yeast Infection In Men

Symptoms include irritation and soreness on the head of the penis. Itching is not uncommon either and becomes very annoying. Some men will experience a discharge.

This discharge may include the clumpy, white substance which women commonly experience when they have an infection of this type. It’s often described as being like cottage cheese.

If the head of the penis develops little blisters or turns red, you likely have a genital yeast infection, though some men won’t experience any symptoms whatsoever.

However, the symptoms may mimic those seen in cases of genital herpes. For this reason, a visit to your doctor should be at the top of your list if you experience any of the symptoms described below.

Causes Of  Yeast Infection In Men  

A yeast infection may develop for a number of reasons.

  • If your immune system is weakened for any reason, you are more susceptible to an infection of this type.
  • Frequent antibiotic use plays a role in the development of this condition as antibiotics kill bacteria in the body that normally keeps Candida albicans under control.
  • Use of a catheter increases your risk of developing this type of infection.
  • Candida infections may be transmitted between two partners during sexual intercourse
  • Men with diabetes are more likely to develop an infection of this type as the yeast feeds off the high sugar levels.
  • Candida albicans and other species of yeast cell exist in the body normally. It’s only when they grow out of control that a problem develops.

Choose A Good Remedy For Male Yeast Infection 

If you have been diagnosed with this condition, your doctor will recommend a suitable treatment. An over-the-counter antifungal agent medication may be all that is needed to treat the problem.

Antimycotics may be prescribed in certain cases also. Diflucan is one medication your doctor may prescribe, but allergic reactions are not uncommon.

Nizoral is another medication that has been used to treat these infections in men. Be aware that liver damage may occur with use of this medication and your body will have a harder time making steroids, such as testosterone.

Discuss each treatment option with your doctor to determine which is right for you.  Over -the-counter counter treatments are often enough to treat the condition. If your immune system is weakened for any reason, you may find that these infections recur.

Above all, avoid sexual contact when either partner suspects a yeast infection. By doing so, you reduce the risks of constantly reinfecting your partner with Candida.

But What Can You Do About Yeast Infection In Men?

So yes, unfortunately men experience these infections too. For men who have a weakened immune system, systemic yeast presents a real problem. But if you’re in this category, you’ll most likely know about it and be under medical care.

For the rest of us, the most common infection is either on the skin or the genitals. A penile yeast infection isn’t a good experience – you itch, your skin turns red and becomes flaky, it’s unappealing to look at, and it’s uncomfortable to deal with.

Also, couples who have unprotected sex (i.e. without condoms) can cross-infect each other back and forth until the end of time, so if either partner has a problem, get it cleared up and use a condom until it’s gone.

Causes of penile (and other) yeast infections in men

Men get yeast infections for broadly speaking the same reasons that women do, although the frequency of infection is different.

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The main causes are:

Sexual transmission: Candida albicans and other infections may be passed between people by direct contact. In that sense at least it is a sexually transmitted disease, though it may not be considered as such by doctors.

When a man’s partner has an infection, and they have unprotected sex, it is possible to pass the infection back and forth between them.  In this situation, no amount of treatment of one partner alone will help.

The couple need to use safer sex and both get cured before reverting to unprotected sex.

While you wait for the problem to be cured, don’t have unprotected sex, wash and dry well, use separate towels, wash your hands after touching your own or your partner’s genitals, and do not share sex toys.

Nonoxynol-9: Condoms with nonoxynol-9 added to the lubricant as a spermicide may promote genital and anal yeast infections. Of course, you can always employ condoms that do not contain any spermicide in the sexual lubricant.

Antibiotics: A course of prolonged antibiotic use can promote a yeast overgrowth. The male body, just like the female, has a standard balance of bacterial and yeast flora in the crotch, and antibiotics can upset the delicate balance between good and bad, which allows the normally restrained yeast cells to mushroom. (Pun intended.)

Diabetes is another cause of male yeast infections, and here we’re looking at sugar as the culprit: elevated sugar in the body or outside the body in the urine is great for yeast growth.

Symptoms of male yeast infection

A penile infection may actually not show any symptoms. But if they symptoms do develop, they can be very irritating:

  • The most common symptom is redness, soreness, itching and irritation of the penile glans.
  • There may be a discharge of cottage cheese like substance.
  • The penile glans may be red or blotchy, and may develop blisters (not to be confused with herpes blisters – if you are in any doubt, see a doctor or sexual health clinic).
  • There may be a smell of yeast.

Monistat can be applied directly to the skin of the penis to cure yeast infections. And it often works well. But…. if it comes back…. you may want to try a holistic program: Yeast Infection No More contains many good home remedies (see side panel of the page).

This gives you a whole series of recommendations which allow you to rebalance the whole body and eliminate the conditions which allow yeast to flourish. Most who try it tell me it works just fine.

Prescription treatments

I’ve heard it said these are a good method of treating penile yeast infections. See your doctor, and you will soon discover that the two main drugs used to treat penile yeast infections have side effects.

Diflucan (fluconazole) is broad spectrum and will kill Candida albicans and other fungi, but allergies to it are pretty common. Nizoral (ketaconazole) is powerfully toxic, but unfortunately not just to the yeast cells.

If you happen to be the susceptible sort, it may affect your liver (but not in a good way), and your adrenal glands as well. I’d encourage you to use a home remedy instead!

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