Types of Male Yeast Infections


Although yeast infections are typically thought of as a woman’s problem, men are susceptible, as well. One type of infection stands out as the most common yeast infection—Candida albicans. This might be the most well-known type of yeast infection; however, it is not the only one that a man may acquire.

Candida Albicans

Candida alibicans is the yeast that causes a majority of yeast infections in both men and women. In fact, it is the most common fungus to affect human beings. Candida alibicans is not as common in men, as it is in women. Men may contract a yeast infection from a woman who is currently infected by one. This occurs from vaginal sexual intercourse.

A man is more likely to develop a penile yeast infection, if he has a weakened immune system from various conditions, including HIV and cancer. If a man is uncircumcised, he is at a greater risk of this particular infection.

When a man has a yeast infection of the penis, he may experience burning or itching at and around the affected area. Inflammation of the penis, known as balanitis, is also a symptom. Burning or pain during and after sexual intercourse, and pain during ejaculation are symptomatic of a male yeast infection, too. The urethra may become inflamed also. This inflammation is responsible for cause pain during urination. A foul odor can occur from a male yeast infection. Generally, the fresh baked bread scent tends to form under the foreskin. A cottage-cheese looking substance develops under the foreskin in some cases. If oral Candida occurs, it is known as thrush or moniliasis. The symptoms are very similar only it arises in the mouth, and whitish cheese-like bumps may form in the mouth.

The best way to prevent penile Candidiasis is to practice safe sex if a partner is affected. Additionally, being cleanly and getting circumcised are ways to prevent an infection also.

Systemic Yeast Infections

A systemic yeast infection can happen in either gender. This kind of infection occurs when the Candida population in the body rises quickly. The overgrowth of fungus kills off the beneficial bacteria. A systemic yeast infection can affect the circulatory system, reproductive system or skin. It may also affect the digestive system. It is caused by the candida infected the blood. Once it enters into the bloodstream, it can travel throughout the body.

A systemic yeast infection may be the result of taking antibiotics over a prolonged period of time. Those who are immunocomprised from AIDS are more likely to have a fungal infection go systemic. In addition, anyone who is immunocomprised is at a greater risk.

The symptoms a man may face from a systemic yeast infection include dizziness, muscle pain and respiratory problems. Hypoglycemia and hypotension can also occur.

Invasive Candidiasis or candidemia is one type of a yeast infection that is systemic. With candidemia, the symptoms vary, and a majority of individuals affected will not experience all the signs of the condition. The symptoms range in severity. For example, you may have flu-like symptoms, such as head congestion, headaches or an overall ill feeling. These are the most common symptoms. Memory impairments and mental disorders like depression can happen.

When treated for a systemic yeast infection, a male or female will be administered a prescription antifungal. Options include fluconazole and amphotericin B. Since amphotericin B can cause serious problems in those with weak immune systems, fluconazole is generally the first medication given. The antifungal will be given intravenously, because it is the most effective administration route. Controlling the symptoms of a systemic infection is an important step, as well. Therefore, someone with a systemic infection may be given a drug to increase immune function.