Treatment and Prevention
Think you have an anal yeast infection? Don't despair - you
can treat and get rid of that rectal infection and itching once
and for all.
First we'll discuss the symptoms and who is at risk of
getting infections. Then onto the important info - how to
treat, cure and prevent anal infections from recurring. Whether
with medication or not.
So let's get on with it.
A rectal yeast infection is essentially caused by the
overgrowth of Candida yeast (Candida albicans) in the
gastrointestinal tract or around the anus. It can affect both
men and women
Candida yeast is quite often present in many areas around
the body – the gut, the vagina, the mouth, the rectum, on the
skin etc. - so it is quite normal for it also to be present in
the rectum and around the anus.
The yeast loves warm, dark, moist places which provide it
with a comfortable environment. However, it only causes
problems when it multiplies rapidly, causing a yeast
For more detail on yeast infections in general see our page
on yeast infections
Who is at Risk of Anal Yeast
As, I have said, both men and women can get this type of
anal infection but some are more at risk than others:
- Those participating in anal sex using a lubricant – The
lubricant makes the anus and rectum even more moist.
- People who participate in anal sex without a condom –
This puts you at risk of many types of infection, not just
- Pregnant women – The hormonal changes during pregnancy
mean that a woman is more at risk of vaginal yeast
infections and these can spread to the anus.
- People who are overweight.
- Women suffering with a vaginal yeast infection.
- A man or woman who has an oral yeast infection – The
yeast can travel from the mouth through the
gastrointestinal tract to the rectum.
Symptoms of a Rectal Yeast
A yeast infection in the rectum area will need treating to
get rid of it, so here are the main symptoms to look out
- Anal itching – Anal itching is a common symptom of an
anal yeast infection but is also associated with parasite
infections like pinworm, and other health problems like
anal fissures or hemorrhoids. Itching can also be caused by
- A burning feeling – Again this can also be caused by
fissures or hemorrhoids, or damage from anal sex.
- A red rash or small blisters around the anus.
- Flaking, peeling or cracked skin around the rectum
- Soreness and Irritation around the anal area
Due to the fact that these symptoms are also common to other
anal conditions, if you have never had an anal yeast infection
before, you should visit your doctor to make sure you have the
Treating these type of yeast infections effectively can be
quite difficult and take awhile because of the presence of
Your doctor will probably prescribe a cream, like Monostat,
with active antifungal ingredients to kill off the yeast.
Probiotics can also help by building up the body's supply of
“friendly” bacteria which keep the Candida yeast under
Taking the steps below to prevent anal infections from
recurring will also help relieve some of the discomfort.
For immediate relief you can apply witch hazel to the
affected area with a cotton ball. It is soothing, mild and will
provide temporary relief.
Preventing Anal Yeast
These rectal infections are no fun and are difficult to
treat, so reduce the risk of developing another by:
- Wearing breathable cotton underwear to reduce
- Sleeping without underwear or pajama bottoms to let air
circulate around the genitals and anus.
- Keeping the anus dry – Wiping it properly (front to
back) when you go to the toilet and drying it thoroughly
- Showering after intercourse.
- Making sure that any sex toys are clean.
- Consuming probiotics or “live” yogurt to keep a good
balance of healthy bacteria.
- Keeping clean and maintaining good personal
You will need to inform your partner that you have an
infection as they may also need treatment and you should avoid
any anal sexual activity until the infection has gone.
Remember, don't ignore anal itching or discomfort – take
steps to get rid of an anal yeast infection and help prevent it
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