All Your Options for Getting Rid of a Male Yeast Infection Fast

Yeast infections, though commonly associated with women, can happen in men too. Most male yeast infections occur on the penis, but they can also extend to the groin. The most common cause of yeast infection in a male is the fungus Candida. There are over 150 species of Candida, with Candida albicans being the most common cause of infections. Both men and women have small amounts of Candida naturally present on their bodies. Problems occur when the yeast multiply and overgrow in certain parts of the body. 

Having condomless sex with a partner who has a yeast infection, poor personal hygiene, excess moisture in the groin, and medical problems like diabetes can contribute to an overgrowth of Candida in men, causing redness and itchiness on the penis. When the inflammation and infection are on the head of the penis, it is called balanitis. Thankfully, most male yeast infections can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications.

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Symptoms of a Penile Yeast Infection

Men with a yeast infection may not experience any symptoms or see any changes in the penile skin. The symptoms are common in uncircumcised males. Some of the symptoms that can occur with a penile yeast infection include:

  • Redness and inflammation at the head of the penis
  • Trouble pulling back the foreskin
  • Cracking or bleeding of the foreskin
  • Itchiness
  • White, foul-smelling discharge
  • Small rash-like bumps on the penis that may contain pus
  • Pain during urination (dysuria) or sex

Over-the-Counter and Prescription Treatments

Common topical treatments (ones you apply directly to the penis) for penile yeast infections include ketoconazole and clotrimazole. These medications are applied directly on the affected part of the penis or foreskin. These treatments generally work over seven to 21 days. Refraining from sexual activity or masturbation is recommended to allow proper healing when using topical treatments.

Another common topical is nystatin, which can be used to treat a male yeast infection but may be less effective than the medications mentioned above. 

Preventing Male Yeast Infections

Obesity and diabetes are linked to an increased risk of yeast infections in men. Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding diabetes are key to preventing male yeast infections.

Proper hygiene of the penis can also help prevent yeast infections. Daily hygiene tips for the penis include washing it carefully with warm water, avoiding the use of irritating soaps or gels, ensuring the penis is completely dry after washing, and avoiding excess moisture in the groin by wearing breathable underwear.

When to See a Healthcare Provider

If your OTC treatments don't work or the infection recurs, it’s important to see your healthcare provider for an evaluation and to rule out any underlying conditions that may be leading to recurrent yeast infections or undiagnosed cancers of the penis. If this is your first suspected yeast infection, you should see your healthcare provider before self-diagnosing and self-treating. If the problem is directly related to a tight foreskin, a circumcision may be recommended. 

Why You Should Refrain From Sex

Although it’s more common for a man to contract a yeast infection from a woman through intercourse, it is possible for a man to give a woman his yeast infection. To avoid spreading it to your partner, avoid sex and make note of any symptoms they may be experiencing as well. It’s likely that both you and your partner may need to receive treatment to avoid passing it back and forth.

A Word From Verywell

Yeast infections are quite common even among men, and if treated early on, they do not pose any serious health risks. Over-the-counter medications and changes in hygiene practices may be able to help you get rid of your yeast infection quickly, but if they don't work and your infection persists, contact your healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment. They may be able to prescribe a stronger medication that can help you get rid of your yeast infection.

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