Treating a Yeast Infection in Men

If you suspect you may have contracted a male yeast infection, it is important to visit a physician to have the infection properly diagnosed. Because a yeast infection is not a common condition for men as it is for women, many will go without treatment for a long period of time, sometimes even months, because they do not even know they carry a yeast infection.

It is not uncommon for a male to be improperly treated for a yeast infection as well. Because the symptoms of a male yeast infection are so similar to many sexually transmitted infections, often times they may be treated with the wrong medication for the wrong type of infection. Although it may be embarrassing to discuss with a doctor, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to stop the spread to sexual partners, as well as prevent further illness associated with untreated yeast infections.

Home Remedies for Yeast Infection in Men

There are a number of home remedies available to help treat a yeast infection, as well as ease pain and inflammation and itchiness. Always talk to your doctor before attempting to treat a yeast infection at home. Sometimes medications are required to fully rid your body of the infection.

Probiotics - Probiotics are the most important and effective way to help treat a yeast infection. Probiotics help replenish the body with good bacteria to help fight off excess Candida cells in the body. Probiotics are often recommended when taking antibiotics for an extended period of time. Plain yogurt (no sugar added) is a great way to replenish the body with probiotics.

Garlic - Garlic has excellent anti-fungal properties. It has been said to be one of the best ways to treat a yeast infection, especially in men. Eating bits of garlic from a clove during meals may help to quickly treat a yeast infection.

Vinegar - Vinegar may be added to baths to help ease inflammation, odor and itching. It may also be applied to the affected area, but must be diluted first. Vinegar may also be consumed with water or juice to help cleanse the area from the inside.

Coconut oil - Cold pressed coconut oil is excellent for treating male yeast infections. It contains lauric acid which is antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial. It can be applied to the affected area to ease dryness and pain, as well as taken orally.

Cranberry juice - Cranberry juice helps to flush the Candida bacteria out of the body. This is good because the infection will not likely spread to the intestines, urinary tract or the mouth. Be sure to drink sugar-free cranberry juice, and avoid “cranberry cocktail”.

Tea tree oil - Tea tree oil is antibacterial. It can be applied topically to help ease pain and dryness, as well as control odor from a yeast infection. It also helps to kill bacteria to prevent secondary infections.

Doctor Prescribed Male Yeast Infection Treatment

Testing for a yeast infection - Before you can be given a prescribed treatment for a yeast infection, there are a few tests your doctor may perform to confirm the infection. These tests may be a microscopic test or a culture medium test. Both tests involve taking a swab of the infected area.

A microscopic test involves examining the swab under a microscope to identify the Candida cells. A culture medium test is a little more time consuming, as it involves incubating a swab sample to determine the type of fungus associated with the infection.

Over-the-counter treatments - Once a yeast infection has been confirmed, your doctor will likely prescribe a topical anti-fungal medication or ointment. Usually it depends on your preference, but sometimes the infection requires one or the other. More severe cases usually require application of a cream 2-3 times a day for up to 14 days. Some cases only require an oral tablet taken once to treat the yeast infection.

To apply a topical ointment, always make sure the area is clean and dry. Apply as directed by your doctor, and always be sure to change underwear everyday.

Male Yeast Infection Prevention

Sometimes, a yeast infection is simply unavoidable. However, there are a number of ways you can help to prevent a yeast infection.

Hygienes - Yeast thrives in warm, moist areas of the body. Keep the affected area very clean and dry, apart from application of a topical treatment. If you happen to contract a yeast infection, be sure to wear loose clothing, as moisture and rubbing may affect the area negatively.

Diets - Diet is especially important if you are prone to yeast infections, or you are diabetic. Always be aware of your sugar and carb intake. Sugar and carbohydrates are like food for a yeast infection, and will help the bacteria thrive during an infection.

Immune Boosts - Yeast infections are more likely to attack those with a weakened immune system. There are supplements available that are great immune boosters, and can be beneficial for not only preventing yeast infections, but other bugs and infections as well.

Regular testings - If you are prone to yeast infections, it is important to be checked by a physician regularly. This is beneficial in more ways than one. Regular testing can also help prevent and treat other infections, such as STI’s.

Condoms - Although there are certain brands of condoms that are known to cause yeast infections, there are many other types that are available to help prevent yeast infections as well. If you have multiple sexual partners, or your current partner has a yeast infection, always use a condom to lower the possibility of contracting an infection.