What Is a Good Treatment for Yeast Infection in Men?


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Everyday Health suggests treating penile yeast infections with antifungal medications called azoles. They are available over-the-counter or by prescription. Men can also take Diflucon orally to treat yeast infections. If a yeast infection does not respond to these medications, consult a health care professional to see if it is caused by a strain resistant to azoles.

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Although the most common method of transmission is by having sex with a woman who has a yeast infection, penile yeast infections are not classified as STIs. Men who take antibiotics, have diabetes or are uncircumcised with poor hygiene are at greater risk for developing yeast infections. Men whose immune systems are suppressed are also at risk.

Everyday Health warns that the risk of penile yeast infections is increased when washing with perfumed shower gels or soaps and not drying properly afterwards. The fragrances irritate the skin and the moisture creates the perfect environment for bacteria to grow.

Penile yeast infection symptoms are redness, swelling, burning sensations, small rash-like bumps that may contain pus and pain during urination or sex. There may also be unpleasant odor and discharge, especially under the foreskin, which can be difficult to pull back.

A 2010 study was unable to determine the exact percentage of men who develop yeast infections, but it is thought to be relatively rare.

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