Causes of Yeast
Infection in Men
Yeast infection in men is not that unusual
a problem. While it is not as widespread as yeast
infection in women, many men will suffer from it in their
It can be a painful and embarrassing condition but rest
assured you are not alone. And if you go to a doctor for
treatment, chances are good that you won't be the doctor's
first case so don't sweat it.
(This is Part I of our article about
male yeast infection. Click on the link for Part II of
Infection which discusses symptoms and
Just like women, some common places for a male yeast
infection are in the mouth, on skin, in folds of skin and
fingernails. And, of course, yeast infection in men can show up
on the penis. This penile yeast infection is primarily what we
will be dealing with in this article.
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It may fill you with dread thinking about it, but there are
treatments available and you don't need to suffer from the
infection for a prolonged period of time.
If you want some basic information on yeast infections
themselves, take a look at our page that explains yeast
Causes of Male
The causes of male yeast infection are not all unlike the
causes of vaginal candidiasis (candidiasis is the more
scientific term for yeast infection and is used interchangeably
throughout this website).
Some common causes of yeast infection in men include:
Unfortunately, while antibiotics can do a world of good,
they can also cause harm. The antibiotics you take for an
illness can kill off "good" bacteria in addition to eliminating
the "bad" bacteria.
This good bacteria is what kept the fungus that causes
candidiasis at bay. Now with less bacteria to fight it, the
fungus can multiply and grow, leading to a yeast infection.
Weakened Immune System
A weakened immune system decreases the body's ability to
fight infections. This can lead to an overgrowth of fungus and
candidiasis. Males suffering from HIV/Aids are thus much more
susceptible to candidiasis since their immune system is
However, men can also have a weakened immune system due to
some pretty common factors such as sleep deprivation, stress,
sickness (other than HIV/Aids), etc. So a good health routine
can help ward off infections.
Yeast infection in men is more likely to show up if the man
has diabetes. The theory is that they have more glucose (sugar)
in the blood. And sugar provides an ideal environment for yeast
cells to multiply. However, if a person with diabetes has
candidiasis, it could be a sign that their diabetes is not
under control. In this case, a doctor should be consulted.
Although it may be contrary to what you have heard, yeast
infections can be passed between sexual partners having
unprotected sex. If your partner has candidiasis, it is
possible that she has passed the infection to you (and vice
While sexual transmission of yeast infections is not very
common, it is certainly not unheard of. According to the UCLA
Health System approximately "12 - 15% of men will develop
symptoms such as itching and rash on the penis following sexual
contact with an infected partner". If one partner has a yeast
infection, the other partner should also be treated for it.
It is recommended that you do not have sexual contact until
all the signs and symptoms of a yeast infection are gone.
Otherwise, you can keep on passing the infection back and forth
in a vicious cycle.
Continue on to Part II of our article
on Penile Yeast
Infection which deals with the
symptoms and treatment of yeast infection in men.
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