Yeast infection in males can often manifest itself in the inflammation of the glans penis – the penis tip that contains a network of blood vessels. Also known as Candida balanitis, male yeast infection is a particular kind of fungal infection called Candidiasis. This infection, like other specific types of Candidiasis (for example, vaginal and oral thrush) is caused by Candida species, of which the most frequent is Candida albicans. The organisms that encourage fungal growth are usually to be found on the glans skin, but certain conditions lead to their multiplication and Candida overpopulation. The most active causes of Candida balanitis are:
1. Specific problems like diabetes and obesity. Research recently completed shows that a lack of balance in lifestyle and diet can lower general levels of health and speed up development of Candida balanitis.
2. Inadequate personal hygiene.
3. Sexual relations with a victim of Candidiasis; the consequence is the need for a simultaneous treatment of both persons for an effective and lasting cure to this medical condition.
4. Glycerin and color/odor additive-containing lubricants and soaps.
Yeast infection in males is rare in comparison to other cases and affects males who are uncircumcised rather than circumcised, and occurs more often in adult males than in children. The chief symptoms of male yeast infection, of which some are obvious visually, are:
1. Tingling or irritable pain, a sensation of discomfort in the penis
2. Sporadic penile discharge
3. A painful rash in blotches on the glans penis
4. Penile swelling, redness and excessive sensitivity
Male yeast infection also concerns a key male body area psychologically, closely linked to men’s pride and can therefore be damaging in this sense as well. Yet the common assumption is that Candida balanitis is a minor problem. To add to the problems, ignoring male Candidiasis can further complicate the issue with the onset of phimosis, where the foreskin sticks to the swollen and inflamed glans penis. In a similar way, diagnosis from an experienced and professional clinician is needed to tell the difference between male yeast infection and sexually communicated diseases like herpes. To avoid such severe complications, symptoms of Candida balanitis have to be treated appropriately whenever they show up.
One example is to ensure daily personal hygiene by showering to wash the penis head and foreskin, and in addition to keep the penis area dry at all other times. If the infection is more problematical, a physician can prescribe pills or creams to act against the fungus. Upon diagnosis of male yeast infection, other treatments than medicine are recommended. Maintaining good basic personal hygiene while tackling the causes at the root of male candidiasis is the best method for stopping its recurrence.
This approach, based on a program of herbal, all-natural remedies, detoxification, supplements and dietary and lifestyle alterations, focuses on the inner causes of yeast infection in males, to permanently eliminate symptoms and to safely make sure that it does not happen again. For any symptoms of Candida balanitis that do recur, and especially if you have a systemic Candida infection, the holistic approach is highly recommended.