Apart from women, yeast infection known as thrush, and caused by the Candida albicans fungus, can affect men, too. Thrush can develops in a person’s genitals, skin, throat, and mouth.
Symptoms of male thrush or yeast infection
Both men and women typically have a healthy level of Candida yeast in their body. However, this normal balance can be disturbed by an overgrowth of candida, leading to a variety of symptoms.
For men, symptoms may include:
- discomfort during sex
- pain while urinating
- offensive smell
- itchy penis and surrounding area
- inflammation around the foreskin
- redness and itching on the head of the penis
- itchiness on and around the penis
A yeast infection can lead to balanitis. Symptoms of balanitis include:
- shiny, white skin
- painful penis and foreskin
- itching and redness on the penis
- thick white substance collecting in skin folds
- painful penis and foreskin
Risk factors for developing balanitis from a yeast infection if you are:
- poor hygiene
- are commonly prescribed antibiotics
Causes of male yeast infections
Excessive consumption of certain foods like breads, dairy products, and beer may result in a yeast infection. The main cause of male yeast infection is sexual contact. Having unprotected sex with a woman who has a yeast infection may result in the infection being passed to you.
Home remedies for male yeast infection
Garlic contains antifungal and antibacterial properties which can help eliminate yeast infections. The efficacy of garlic was tested in a study. Clotrimazole (a common cream for yeast infection), was compared to a cream made of thyme and garlic in the study. It was found that the thyme and garlic had reduced side effects with the same healing capabilities as clotrimazole. Add garlic to your meal to derive it’s benefits. For those who consider garlic to be pungent, they can take garlic supplements.
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2 Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar operates as an antifungal against the Candida species of yeast. It can be topically applied to the area of infection. If ACV is acidic in nature and may cause burn, so you can mix with a little water before applying.
3. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil contain lots of healing properties. According to studies, this essential oil provides antibacterial, antiprotozoal, antifungal, and antiviral benefits. The antifungal properties helps to treat yeast infections when applied on and around the penis head.
4. Coconut oil
Coconut oil is laden with many health-related benefits such as repairing damaged hair, relieving constipation, and moisturizing skin. Coconut oil is highly effective against Candida albicans, according to a 2007 study.
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Yogurt can best be described as a natural probiotic. Adding yogurt to your diet will promote positive growth of bacteria, which will fight off infections such as candida or thrush. You can also apply plain yogurt directly to the area that is affected.