Communicable yeast infections in males often go unnoticed and undiagnosed because they often have no outward sings. In fact, many men with communicable yeast infections go through life never knowing that they have a problem with Candida. Women generally get a vaginal infection that lets them know that something different is going on in their bodies. Males with communicable yeast infections usually have no idea they have an infection until it creates other problems with their health.
During sex, the male’s urethra is exposed and vulnerable to a yeast infection from an infected female. The yeast can travel up the urethral canal and settle in the prostate gland. The use of a condom can help prevent men from getting yeast infection from their sexual partners.
Digestive problems are common in men and boys with communicable yeast infection. Some of these problems may include constipation, bloating, indigestion, frequent intestinal gas and frequent diarrhea. Men with communicable yeast infections may also experience lack of energy, memory loss, jock itch, dry itchy flakey skin, athlete’s foot and prostate problems.
A male yeast infection is usually a minor problem that can be easily treated with an anti-fungal cream or ointment. If you have symptoms that don’t respond to yeast infection treatment such as itching or burning at the tip of your penis, or a red rash on your penis, consult your doctor.
Men who are not circumcised may be affected worse than men who are because the foreskin holds in moisture. Men with HIV or other immune system disorders are more susceptible to a communicable male yeast infection.
In some cases, male yeast infections will be noticeable as a penile infection that manifests itself as dry cracked skin although the infection can occur most anywhere on the skin. When a man has an erection, the skin can crack and be extremely painful.
Some men treat their yeast infections with Monistat vaginal cream which is typically used for female yeast infections. Put a few drops of vinegar in the cream, mix it together and then apply the mixture to the affected area. Don’t apply straight vinegar because that can damage the sensitive genital area.
As with all health issues, the key to successful treatment is early intervention. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have a communicable male yeast infection that does not clear up after treatment.
Candida: The fungus that causes yeast infections
Monistat: A medication used to help cure yeast infections