Communicable Yeast Infections In Males Often Have No Symptoms

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.

Glossary

Candida: The fungus that causes yeast infections

Monistat: A medication used to help cure yeast infections

 

Medical Attention Required For Accurate Yeast Diagnosis

Some women are not sure when to seek medical attention for a yeast infection.

When it comes to yeast infections, self diagnosis may be a misdiagnosis so medical attention is usually necessary. There are handful of other vaginal infections that mimic yeast such as bacterial vaginosis (BV) and trichomoniasis that require a very different course of treatment. BV and trichiomoniasis may also be associated with serious reproductive health conditions that may lead to problems during pregnancy and after delivery. Women who do not receive medical attention may not realize the seriousness of their health issues.

A vaginal discharge that has an offensive odor with irritation is not normal and requires medical attention. To diagnose your vaginal symptoms your medical professional will perform a gynecological exam to check your vagina for inflammation and abnormal discharge. You medical professional may send a sample of the vaginal discharge to a laboratory to test for yeast cultures. Looking under a microscope also helps rule out other causes of discharge such as BV or trichomoniaisis, which require a different course of treatment. The only way to know for sure is to seek medical attention.

In general, it is acceptable to use an over the counter antifungal medication to self treat your symptoms only if you’ve had a yeast infection diagnosed by your medical professional before and you are now experiencing exactly the same symptoms. However, if you meet any of the following criteria you should definitely seek medical attention:

  • You’ve never had a yeast infection before
  • You have fever and/or abdominal pain
  • Your vaginal discharge is foul-smelling
  • You are diabetic HIV positive, pregnant or nursing
  • You used an over the counter yeast treatment but your symptoms have not gone away or they returned almost immediately.

If you receive medical attention for yeast infection be sure use the full course of medication that is prescribed. Don’t stop using it to treat your yeast infection, even if you feel better.

Studies show about a 50 percent error rate in self-diagnosis of yeast infection. Thus, if you think you have a yeast infection, there’s a one in two chance you are wrong. Medical attention is required to get an accurate diagnosis. If your yeast infection symptoms persist for more than 48 hours after self-treating with an over the counter medication, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Glossary:

Candida: The fungus that causes most vaginal yeast infections.

Yeast Infections Common In Toddlers

Infants and toddlers can get yeast infections when they are in diapers or just starting to toilet train because yeast can grow in wet skin folds. The yeast infections that affect toddlers are caused by Candidas albicans, which is the most common cause of all types of yeast infections. Pediatricians can determine whether a rash on the groin or a thrush in the mouth of toddlers is yeast infection. To get a definite diagnosis a doctor may examine the scrapings of a yeast infection under the microscope.

A very mild antifungal cream may be used to treat yeast infection in toddlers. You should consult your pediatricians if your toddler has a yeast condition that doesn’t go away after a day or two with the usual treatment. Any diaper rash that doesn’t clear up within 48 hours after applying a diaper rash cream could be a yeast infection.

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Toddlers can get yeast infections for the same reason that adults do. All humans have harmless amounts of yeast (actually a fungus) in their bodies. It tends to live in the mouth, bowels, skin, and the vagina. Yeast thrives in warm, wet environments. A toddler’s diaper rash that is left untreated can easily become infected with yeast, even if your child is a boy. Toddlers taking antibiotics or breastfed kids whose mothers are on antibiotics are more susceptible to yeast infections. That’s because antibiotics kill the good bacteria in the body that keep yeast in check. Without these bacteria around, yeast can grow more abundantly.

If your toddler recently had thrush (a yeast infection in the mouth) he or she may end up with a yeast infection in the diaper area, too. That’s because yeast passes through your toddler’s digestive system when he eats and winds up in his stool, which eventually lands in his diaper, right next to his warm, damp, skin.

You can usually tell a yeast infection in the diaper area from a plain diaper rash because the rash may have multiple red bumps, pus-filled bumps or a scaling pattern on the infected skin. In addition, the rash may extend along the pubic area and onto the lower part of the toddler’s abdomen. A yeast rash tends to hang around for more than two days and doesn’t respond to any traditional diaper rash treatments.

Glossary:

Candidas albicans: The fungus that causes most yeast infections.

Ingrown Hairs Can Cause Yeast Infection

Many yeast infections in the groin area are caused by ingrown hair which has become infected. The use of antibiotics to treat ingrown hair infection can also be a major contributing factor to yeast infections. One of the best ways to help prevent yeast infection is to take steps to prevent ingrown hair when shaving or waxing.

Shave only after the hair has been wet for at least give minutes. Hair that is wet and full of moisture can be cut easily. Hair that is not well saturated can be very strong and tough, increasing the chances of a yeast infection. As the razor passes over, the hair is pulled up from the follicle. After it is cut it retracts below the skin surface and may be forced into the surrounding tissues, causing the perfect environment for an ingrown hair and yeast infection.

Shave in the direction of the hair growth. Cutting with the grain not against it will prevent hair from being cut too short which will reduce the chances of yeast infection. Prevent ingrown hairs and yeast infection by avoiding repeat strokes over the same area.

Shave with the skin in a relaxed condition. Do not stretch the skin too taught. A little pressure may be necessary but excessive stretching can cause hair follicles to become embedded in tissues and cause ingrown hairs. Another way to prevent ingrown hair is to use a loofah in the bath or shower.

To prevent ingrown hair when waxing, pull the hair out cleanly without breaking it. To do this, apply a thin layer of wax in the direction of the hair growth preferably holding the spatula or tongue depressor at a 45 degree angle as you spread the wax. When applying the cotton strip over the wax, rub in the same direction as the hair growth, leaving about 1/3 free to allow for a firm grip for a fast back pulling action.

To prevent ingrown hair, pull the skin taut before pulling the cotton strip away. Pull back with a rapid movement close to the skin. Do not pull up or out because that is a leading cause of ingrown hairs. One fast, smooth pull back is much more effective than a series of light pulls which only increase the pain and leave patchy areas that can create the perfect environment for a yeast infection.

After 24 to 48 hours exfoliate the skin (with a loofah sponge for example) to prevent the dead skin from accumulating in areas that can become ingrown such as the bikini line, upper thighs, underarms and calves. Prevent ingrown hairs by not wearing tight clothing over freshly waxed areas to minimize the risk of irritation and yeast infection.

Glossary:

Loofah: a type of sponge that is used during the bath or shower to exfoliate the skin.

Regular Diaper Cream Will Not Cure A Yeast Infection

Because a yeast infection in the diaper area looks very much like regular diaper rash, many well-meaning mothers apply regular diaper cream to the baby’s bottom. Unfortunately, regular diaper cream and baby powder will do nothing for the yeast infection. That is why it is important to determine if your baby’s skin problems are caused by yeast so you can clear it up as quickly as possible. .

A yeast infection is different from a diaper rash in that it appears as a flat, red rash with scalloped edges that usually several tiny rashes around it. While applying diaper cream may temporarily relieve the itching and soreness, it will do nothing to heal the infection. Without proper treatment a yeast infection in a baby is likely to get progressively worse.

The only things that will get rid of a yeast infection are antifungal creams, ointments or powders. Some doctors write a prescription for Nystatin, while others may recommend using an over the counter medicine like Lotrim AF to treat the diaper yeast infection. Using antifungal cream, soaking the baby in warm, clean water two times a day and frequent diaper changes will usually clear up a yeast infection in a few days. Make sure the baby’s diapers are loose enough to let air in.

Some holistic medical practitioners advocate the use of a diaper crème containing tea tree oil to help clear diaper yeast infections. Others recommend using aloe pressing damp chamomile teabags directly on the rash. If the yeast persists for more than a week or if your baby has fever or chills you should call the pediatrician.

A yeast rash in babies is caused by the same culprits as yeast infections in adults. Because yeast thrives in wet environments babies who sit around in wet diapers for extended periods have a greater chance of getting a diaper yeast infection. When your baby is on antibiotics for a bacterial infection he is more susceptible to yeast infections because antibiotics can kill useful bacterium that helps fight yeast. A baby with a weak immune system is also at higher risk for diaper yeast infections and other types of infections.

If your baby has been suffering from a rash and regular diaper cream is not helping then you should talk to your doctor about a treatment for diaper yeast infection. Regular diaper cream is not antifungal therefore will not cure yeast.

Glossary

Antifungal cream: Creams that are used to treat and cure yeast infections