While you may think that a yeast infection is a women’s problem and the only people that can sympathize with you are other females, think again! There’s definitely such a thing as male yeast infections and, while a lot less common than yeast infections in women, there are quite a few men out there who can sympathize with your burning, itching discomfort. They just don’t talk about it with each other, and most likely won’t talk to you about it either – stubborn pride, of course!
While we can make plenty of jokes about your husband or boyfriend being ‘in the closet’ with his male yeast infection, it really isn’t a laughing matter for someone who’s suffering in silence. More than that, it’s very important to realize is that yeast infections are transmissible from one person to another so if you’ve recently suffered from one, you may want to talk to your man about the symptoms of a male yeast infection, or better yet, leave this article where he can see it. He’ll most likely do some spot checking in private, but he’ll also probably be relieved to know that his penis won’t fall off and that a quick trip to the pharmacy can help cure his woes.
Honey, It Looks Like This
The symptoms of a male yeast infection are the same as for females. A burning sensation, itching that doesn’t ease up, a red rash around the head and tip of the penis and some discharge are common symptoms. Sometimes, small spots can be a sign. A male yeast infection can have all these symptoms or none at all. If your hubby isn’t sure as to whether he has a male yeast infection or not, he should treat himself anyways. It’s far safer for him to slap on some cream than to let it go and be sorry later on down the line. Treatment is as simple as an over-the-counter antifungal cream and after about 5 to 7 days of treatment, your man should be all clear.
Transmission of yeast infections goes both ways, so if you’ve recently treated yourself for a yeast infection and it’s all cleared up, you’d be best to make sure that your ‘other half’ checks out clean as well. A male yeast infection can be passed right back to you, and you and your mate can end up in a vicious circle of tag. Do note that while the most common reason of a male yeast infection is sexual transmission, there are other sources of the illness. Antibiotics use, diabetes and sensitivity to nonoxynol-9 are other agents that may cause male yeast infections, so try to eliminate those possibilities as well.