Penile Yeast Infection:

Symptoms and Treatment Options

 

penile yeast infectionThis is Part II of our article about penile yeast infection. Click on the link for Part I of Yeast Infection in Men.

In part I of our article you learned about the most common causes of male yeast infection. Now that you know what may have caused your infection, we discuss the most common symptoms and treatment options below.

However, before we get to that, we must first issue a warning:

Warning: Symptoms of a yeast infection in men can be confused with other ailments (such as some sexually transmitted diseases). If this is the first time you may have a penile yeast infection, it is best to see a doctor rather than self diagnose to make sure you are treating the correct condition.

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Symptoms of Penile Yeast Infection


Since the foreskin can give the fungus a moist place to grow, penile yeast infections are more prevalent in uncircumcised men than in men that have been circumcised. However, men that are circumcised can also get an infection.

As far as infection goes, one of the differences between men and women is that a man may not even be aware that he has a yeast infection since he is not displaying any symptoms. But once those symptoms do appear, look out.

Some common symptoms of yeast infection in men include:

  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Itching in the penis/genital area
  • Rash in the penis/genital area
  • Blister on the penis
  • Irritation - The head of the penis can become red and irritated
  • Discharge - while not very common, it is known to occur


Treatment of Male Yeast Infection

Since it is so important, I want to reiterate the warning above. Symptoms of yeast infection in men can be confused with other ailments (such as some sexually transmitted diseases). If this is the first time you may have a yeast infection, it is best to see a doctor rather than self diagnose to make sure you are treating the correct condition.

Treatment of candidiasis in men is not unlike the treatment of candidiasis in women. If you want to try a natural home remedy, you can read all about them on our home remedies for yeast infection page.

There you will find the popular at home remedies that have been used successfully by many people. That being said, everyone is different so what worked for a friend may not work for you. You may have to do some experimenting.

You might want to try small amounts of some of the remedies first to see if you have a reaction.

Of course, you can always try over the counter drugs or prescription drugs. Men can use the same OTC medications that women use since the infections are the same. For more information, see our male yeast infection cure page.

Anti-fungal creams are available without prescription at drugstores. They can relieve your symptoms but don't really get to the cause of the infection.

Probably the most common over the counter medication that is used to treat yeast infection in men is Monistat.

During your treatment of yeast infection you should take the following steps:

  • Wash and dry the area thoroughly
  • Apply the medication as directed
  • Wear loose natural clothing such as cotton
  • Avoid synthetic fabrics that don't allow air to the area


If you go to a doctor, you are likely to get a prescription to get rid of the infection. The two most common prescriptions are Diflucan and Nizoral.

No matter which route you go, be sure to read all the labels on the medications you purchase. These drugs can have side effects so you need to be aware of all the facts before you use them.

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