Genital yeast infection, also known as genital candidiasis, is a common occurrence in women. It affects 75% of all women at one time or another in their lives. While men can still get Candidiasis, such cases are uncommon. When it occurs, however, it normally affects the head of the penis, popularly known as the helmet. The tissue around the glans penis (“helmet”) may become reddish, sore and itchy. The head of the penis may also swell and become inflamed. Some white patches may also be seen. In some cases, pain may be experienced during intercourse or urination. Understandably, these signs and symptoms can make life inconvenient and dampen a man’s sex life. Finding the most potent male yeast infection treatments is therefore a priority for men who have been infected.
Male Yeast Infection Treatments
Obviously, the only way to treat a fungal infection is to use antifungal medication. Please note that most yeast infections will clear up on their own, so no treatment is required in many cases. However, if the signs and symptoms are severe, or you just want to get rid of them as soon as possible, using anti-fungal treatments is recommended. The following are the two most popular treatment options for male yeast infections:
These are topical or local treatments. The antifungal cream is applied directly onto the affected areas on a regular basis. The most popular anti-fungal creams for treatment of yeast infections in men belong to a class of anti-fungal drugs known as imadazoles. This class consists of potent anti-fungal medication, including; Econazole, Miconazole, Ketoconazole and Clotrimazole. These drugs come in a variety of brands from different manufacturers.
The most commonly used oral antifungal medication for treating male yeast infection is Diflucan. This capsule contains 150mg of fluconazole, a potent anti-fungal drug. In many cases, a person only needs to take one capsule to get rid of the candida fungus and clear the symptoms associated with the yeast infection.
These treatments can only work with proper diagnosis. If the signs and symptoms do not disappear after a couple of days, your self-diagnosis may be wrong. The signs and symptoms of Candidiasis may be similar to symptoms of STI’s and several other types of infections. Therefore, consulting a doctor before using any type of medication is highly recommended. Self diagnosis should only be an option if you have previously been infected with Candidiasis, with successful treatment.
While yeast infection may not be classified as a sexually transmitted infection, it can be transmitted during vaginal intercourse. Fortunately, proper hygiene can help to prevent or contain the fungal infection. For instance, taking a hot shower instead of a bath can be helpful. Drying the penis after washing, avoiding perfumed soaps and shower gels, and wearing loose-fitting clothes is highly recommended. These measures will help to keep the penis cool and dry, creating an unfavorable condition for fungal growth. With time, you will be Candida-free.
In the following, an expert on treatment of Candidiasis suggests one needs to pay attention to additional causes of male yeast infection, rather than simply treating the immediate symptoms.