Penis Yeast Infection Treatment
Penis Yeast Infection Treatment
Yes, it is true! Men can get yeast infections and the penis can be infected. This disease is no laughing matter because it can be very painful. Reports indicate that men with a yeast infection often experience such pain that they wish a certain organ would fall off.
So what is a penis yeast infection and how can a man get one down there anyway? Well, it is an infection caused by a yeast-like fungus called Candida or candidiasis. Unfortunately, it is actually much more common than many men realize.
This is the same as a yeast infection in a woman’s vagina. It is caused by the fungus. Despite what people think, most men do not get yeast infections by having sex with an infected woman. Sexual transmission can spread the disease, but there are a number of other causes that are much common.
Penis Yeast Infections Explained
The normal symptoms of this condition are that the tip of the penis becomes sore or itchy. It can also turn red and some pus might appear. The penis can also become flaky and in some cases red spots or a red rash might appear on it. Painful urination is another common symptom. Similar symptoms may occur in the scrotum and the upper thighs.
Penis infections are often more common in uncircumcised men. They are also more common in men with poor personal hygiene. Other causes of the infection can be:
- Low immunity or a weakened immune system. Many men with poor diets and nutritional deficiencies could suffer from this condition. Thyroid problems, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome and other problems can make a man more susceptible.
- Antibiotics or their overuse. Overuse of some antibiotics can kill beneficial bacteria that keep the bad yeast away. This can make you more likely to catch a yeast infection.
- Constant masturbation. Yes, mom and that old wives’ tale were right. Masturbating constantly can cause yeast infections or make them worse.
- Poor personal hygiene in particular failing to bath regularly.
- Not washing your clothing especially your underwear regularly in hot water – Clothing is one of the most common causes of yeast infections. It is also among the easiest to prevent. Believe it or not, washing your clothing in water that is 150 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer can kill the fungus that causes yeast infections. Adding bleach to white clothing especially underwear can kill the fungus that causes candida as well.
- Make sure that you clean your sheets once a week as well as your clothes. Always use hot water when you wash your sheets in order to make sure the infection is killed.
- Clean the house especially the bathroom thoroughly with a good disinfectant such as bleach because the candida fungus can spread through contaminated bathroom fixtures.
- Condoms that contain the lubricant nonoxynal-9 could also cause yeast infections. The link between this substance and the infections is poorly understood at this time.
- Diabetes has also been known to cause these infections possibly because it is related to a weakened immune system. Diabetics should be on the look out for such infections.
Preventing Penis Yeast Infections
Since many yeast infections are caused by a weakened immune system, the first step in preventing and treating them is to strengthen your immune system. You can do this by improving your nutrition and diet. Many men including some who think that they are healthy have weakened immune systems.
The biggest cause of weakened immune systems is poor nutrition. Unfortunately, the current Canadian/American diet simply does not provide the nutrients that the immune system needs to function properly. In particular, it lacks many of the basic vitamins the immune system needs.
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B
- Vitamin B-5
Eating foods rich in these particular plant proteins will give you enough of the nutrients that you need. Some experts recommend eating fermented cod liver which is very rich in some of these nutrients. Others recommend eating a large number of peanuts or beans which are high in protein.
High energy diets such as Yuri Elkaim’s Eating for Energy can also help. Yuri is a man; in fact, he’s a former professional soccer player who played in big time in Europe. Yuri’s retired from professional soccer, but he still finds time to coach varsity soccer at his alma mater, the University of Toronto. He’s a holistic nutritionist who designed a raw food diet designed for real people. Since Yuri is a guy who hates to cook, his diet is perfect for other guys that need to improve their health.
High levels of sugar in your diet can cause such infections or make them worse. Limiting sugar consumption and alcohol consumption can help. Alcohol is made of sugar, so drinking a lot can make it worse. Something else that can make it worse are soft drinks and “energy drinks” that can be loaded with sugar. Also, be careful with candy or fruit.
Another cause of high amounts of sugar in your system is eating processed grains which are found in baked goods and products like pasta. Processed grains can turn to sugar in your system which makes the situation worse. Sometimes stopping the eating of processed grains will lower the sugar levels which can limit yeast infections.
Switching to a raw food diet without processed foods will definitely lower the sugar in your diet. In turn, that can lower the amount of sugar in your urine which will make it less likely for you to get a yeast infection.
Many men have yeast infections return again and again because they don’t lower their sugar intake. That in turn makes the problem far worse and leads to other problems that can make the situation worse.
Diet should definitely be supplemented with exercise. Lack of exercise can also damage or impair the immune system. In particular, it can cause low levels of human growth hormone which are vital to the proper functioning of the immune system. Lack of exercise also contributes to low energy which can make the situation worse.
Other prevention methods include good personal hygiene including taking hot baths and scrubbing the entire body completely. Using an antibiotic soap can prevent the yeast infection in the first place or keep it from spreading.
Make sure you get enough sleep and refrain from sexual activity while you have the infection. Obviously, you do not want to spread it to others.
Treatments for a Yeast Infection on the Penis
The best way to treat yeast infections is with antibiotic ointments including natural ointments. Powerful natural antibiotics like oil of oregano and tea tree oil can cure it. You can order these online or find them in natural supermarkets.
Simply mix the oil with some vinegar and apply it to the infected area. Mixing the oil with vinegar can make it more effective. Some over-the-counter medicated creams will also work. Over-the-counter medicated salves can sometimes work. Evidence available online indicates that these often work much better when mixed with vinegar.
Interestingly enough, vinegar seems to make treatments more effective so putting some on a cloth and dabbing it on the infected areas can be a good way to get rid of the disease. Apple cider vinegar works best, but other kinds can help get rid of a yeast infection.
Beyond vinegar, nutraceuticals or foods that also serve as medicines can help as well. These include garlic and medicinal mushrooms including shiitake and reishi mushrooms. Eating a diet rich in nutraceuticals can help.
Another good treatment is to mix garlic into oil of oregano or tea tree oil to create a powerful natural biotic. Mixing this with vinegar can give yourself a treatment that should get rid of the fungal infection.
If you have a fungal infection, you’ll probably need to repeat the treatment daily for several days or weeks. Something else you will need to do is to wash the area thoroughly.
You should wash the infected area thoroughly every day because the infection can spread very quickly. This can lead to other serious health problems.
Something men should definitely think about is taking a bath, particularly a hot bath, because this can help the area get cleaner faster. It can also relax the organ if it becomes very sore. Use a good antibiotic soap when you bath and seriously consider applying the ointment right after bathing.
Eating a lot of nutraceuticals can help as well. Part of the reason you should increase your consumption of nutraceuticals, particularly proven yeast infection fighters such as garlic, is that the infection can spread inside. This can lead to serious problems including chronic fatigue syndrome and an infected colon.
Something to keep in mind is that penis infection is often a symptom of penis infections elsewhere in the body. The best way to get rid of these is the natural way which involves better nutrition and natural infection fighters.
Eat large amounts of garlic, cayenne pepper, paprika, medicinal mushrooms and other natural fungus killers. Try eating these with every meal because they can really help kill the infection.
If homemade cures don’t work, a number of yeast killing products are available online. Try ordering these including some of the ones designed for vaginal yeast infections. Treatments for vaginal infections can be highly effective against penis yeast infections because the same fungus causes both.
When to Seek Professional Help
Regular doctors are often not of much help when dealing with a yeast infection. In fact, they often make the situation worse by prescribing antibiotics which can strengthen the infection. That means you should definitely seek out a naturopath or homeopath. These doctors specialize in holistic medicine and natural cures. They often have treatments including natural herbs and supplements.
Part of the reason why these professionals are often more successful is that they treat the whole body rather just the infected area. In many cases, they can pinpoint the real cause of an infection such as poor nutrition. They can also recommend alternative treatments such as herbs and improved nutrition.
Seek out treatment quickly because the infection can spread faster than you might think. It can also cause more problems than you think including chronic fatigue syndrome. Many men that have penis yeast infections may have internal infections that can lead to serious health problems. Getting treated early can help you avoid serious problems later on.