Male Genital Yeast Infections are caused due to the excessive growth of fungi. The common fungus causing the infection is candida albicans. These fungi usually grow in moist conditions.
The fungi are present in all humans. Generally, they do not cause any problem. It only needs treatment if it grows excessively and causes infection. Several factors contribute to the excessive growth of the fungi. One of the main reasons is the use of antibiotics for a long period of time. Another reason is the use of chemotherapy for treating cancer. The good bacteria are responsible for preventing excessive growth of yeast. When you take antibiotics or undergo chemotherapy, it destroys the good bacteria along with the harmful bacteria. Men with HIV or diabetes are also susceptible to this infection due to a lowered immune system.
Signs and Symptoms
Male genital yeast infection will cause pain and discomfort while urinating. The penis will be very itchy, and there will be swelling around the glans. The genital area will also appear red. Moreover, you will not be able to retract the foreskin. You can also see yeast which is a white colored cheese-like substance that accumulates around the glans.
A proper diagnosis is always necessary to rule out any other medical conditions. Your doctor will take swabs and do tests to confirm the presence of yeast. If you have a yeast infection, it is important that your partner is also treated because your partner also has chances of getting it. However, it does not come under the category of an STD.
Personal hygiene is the first step to be taken to prevent yeast infections. You should always keep your genital area clean and dry. Also, use a hypo-allergic wash for bathing. Moreover, use loose cotton underwear. You should bathe at least 2 times a day. However, if you develop any signs of infection, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible.
Yeast infections are not fatal, and can be effectively treated using anti fungal creams, such as butoconazole and clotrimazole. In severe cases, your doctor will prescribe steroid creams or oral medications to clear the infection. Always remember to use the cream until the problem is resolved. If your condition is not improving within a few days, inform your doctor immediately. Along with medication, good hygiene is very important. Clean your genital area whenever you bathe, and always keep it dry. Moreover, refrain from sexual activities until the infection is completely cleared.