Treatment for Male Yeast Infection
Yeast infection on a male can be a particularly unpleasant malady. Who wants itching, discharge, blisters, and more, on their penis? Luckily, a visit to the doctor can help bring some relief and there are over-the-counter remedies and home remedies as well.
A Visit to the Doctor
If a man makes a visit to his doctor, the doctor will most likely look at a scraping or swab from the affected area under a microscope to see if yeast is the culprit. If Candida, or yeast, is the problem, the doctor will most likely prescribe salves to be applied directly to the affected area. These salves might include clotrimazole, nystatin, fluconazole, or ketoconazole. These are all part of the antimycotic, or antifungal, family of drugs. These are the same drugs that would be prescribed for a woman with a vaginal yeast infection.
Men who have had yeast infections in the past, or who would like to treat a yeast infection without a visit to the doctor, might like to try over the counter drugs. Over-the-counter drugs that women use to treat yeast infections work for men as well. Get an antifungal cream meant for vaginal yeast infections at the drugstore and apply it twice a day for a week. If the symptoms don’t go away, a visit to the doctor is advised. The symptoms of male yeast infections can be very similar to sexually transmitted diseases. A persistent yeast infection can be a symptom of an underlying disease such as diabetes.
Use Home Remedies
Home remedies which can be both ingested and applied topically include yogurt, garlic, and coconut oil. Coconut oil can also be used as a lubricant during sexual activity. Other home remedies include diluted vinegar used in bathing or topically, diluted tea tree oil, and more.
Cure and Prevention
One of the best ways to help to treat, prevent, or prevent the reoccurrence of yeast infections is to keep the affected area dry. Yeast loves moist, warm, dark places. This means that men should change out of wet bathing suits as soon as they’re done swimming. Cotton underwear is smarter to wear than underwear made of synthetic materials, as cotton absorbs moisture. A good sprinkling of baby or talcum powder will also keep things dry.
Just Say No!
If it is suspected that a sexual partner has a yeast infection, don’t indulge in sexual activity until well after you and your partner have both been treated. Just treating one partner means that the infection will be passed back and forth from partner to partner. And, as always, using a condom for a while after the yeast infection on a male is gone, is a good way to prevent a reoccurrence.