So, you thought yeast infection and men are an oxymoron? Not so, according to latest medical news, which states that though developing a yeast infection was primarily a female problem, it has now been discovered that this health and hygiene issue has crossed over from affecting female private parts to the male bastion. So, all you men out there who thought they were safe from the itch down there and associated grouses, its time to get the dope on this ‘burning’ female issue, which though rare for men, is real and affects genital area!
Yeast is medically termed as Candida and thrives in warm, moist body parts, e.g. the mouth and the genitals; this is why women are prone to developing it in the vaginal area if the normal level of bacteria present in their private parts is not kept in check.
However, recognizing the risk factors associated with yeast infections and learning to identify its signs can help men avoid sharing this condition, if their girlfriend suffers from it and they co-habit or have frequent intercourse.
While having some amount of yeast on the body is normal, if more develops, it is a sign of a weak immune system; women develop yeast infections after strong doses of antibiotics followed by complaints of itching, burning sensation in their vagina besides noticing a thick, white discharge similar to cottage cheese.
It’s a myth that yeast infections are sexually transmitted as even virgins can have them; however, having unprotected sex with a woman who has the problem of an active yeast infection can cause the man to get a penile yeast infection in some circumstances. Men with diabetes are more likely to catch a yeast infection this way and can develop a painful swelling besides red dots or white patches on the tip of the penis, which can also dry the foreskin, causing it to peel and burning experienced during urination. The infection can also spread to the inner thighs, buttocks and scrotum area and thus, men are advised to immediately seek medical counselling and treatment to prevent the condition from worsening.