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How to Treat a Penile Yeast Infection

August 12, 2019

How to Treat a Penile Yeast Infection
While it is more common for women to get yeast infections, it is also possible for men to
contract a genital yeast infection, usually after having unprotected sex with a partner
who is already infected. The infection usually appears on the skin
outside the penis. Penile yeast infections affect men who are
uncircumcised more than those who are circumcised. This is because a circumcised penis exposes
the glans to air, keeping it dry and cool, while yeast requires heat and moisture to
grow and survive. Part 1 Treating the Infection 1
Take nizoral. This drug is an antifungal medication that
can be used to fight yeast infections by killing the yeast cells in the urethra. The starting dose for this drug is one tablet
(200 mg) daily. If this doesn’t clear the infection, the dose
can be increased to two tablets (400 mg) daily. This medication should not be used alongside
drugs like dofetilide, eplerenone, midazol (midazolam), and triazolam. Side effects may include back, stomach, and
leg pains, blurred vision, chest pains, chills, joint pains, fever, faster heart beat, dizziness,
among others. 2
Apply clotrimazole cream. This is a topical antifungal cream used in
treating fungal infections. It is used to treat skin infections such as
yeast infections, jock itch, ringworm, and athlete’s foot. A man with penile yeast infection whose skin
has hardened can apply one applicator-full of 1% clotrimazole cream on the affected skin
of the penis, preferably at bedtime. This should be done once daily for seven consecutive
days. Side effects may include itching, general
skin irritation, peeling, blistering, edema, and erythema. 3
Try using organic coconut oil. This is a medically proven antifungal that
works on hardened skin by destroying both the nucleus and the plasma of the yeast cell,
thereby killing it. You can apply the oil directly onto the affected
area. It is also a great personal lubricant for
sex, while helping to prevent yeast infections from being transferred from partner to partner. Additionally, the man with the penile yeast
infection can consume a teaspoonful of the oil before every meal until the infection
subsides. 4
Use organic Mediterranean oregano oil. This is an effective antifungal for penile
yeast infection, especially when the skin has hardened. The oil is applied directly to the infected
penile skin to penetrate the hardened skin and kill the yeast cells. Be aware that organic Mediterranean oregano
oil should be diluted with either coconut or olive oil in a ratio of 2:1 to prevent
it from burning the skin. 5
Make a paste of potassium sorbate. This is a substance used to stop yeast growth
when making beer and can be applied when the skin has hardened due to yeast infection. In treating penile yeast infection, potassium
sorbate is very helpful in stopping and preventing yeast from growing on the penis. Just use a little water to make a paste, then
apply the paste directly onto the infected skin of the penis. 6
Mix a lemon juice treatment. Lemon juice is packed with vitamin C which
helps to restore the skin’s pH. This is key in the treatment of penile yeast
infections because it creates an unfriendly environment for yeast cells to thrive. A man with penile yeast infection can make
a treatment solution by mixing 2 tablespoonfuls of lemon juice with 1 quart of warm water. The affected area of the penis is then soaked
in the solution. This should be done three times daily until
the penis is healed. 7
Drink cranberry juice. Cranberry juice is a great penile yeast infection
remedy when the skin has hardened because of the infection. It works by preventing the yeast infection
from turning into a bladder infection. Additionally, it boosts the body’s levels
of good acidophilus bacteria. A man with a penile yeast infection should
consume cranberry juice twice daily until the symptoms fade away. 8
Keep the skin dry. A moist environment encourages the growth
of yeast, therefore, men should ensure that their genital area is kept as dry and cool
as possible by wiping with clean, dry towel after taking a bath. It is also recommended that you remove excess
hair because this dampens the genital area, creating a sweaty and humid condition perfect
for a thriving yeast colony. Part 2 Understanding Penile Yeast Infections 1
Recognize the symptoms of a penile yeast infection. The major symptoms of a penile yeast infection
are as follows: Soreness and irritation: A man with a penile
yeast infection will experience a reddish-colored rash on the head of the penis. There may be an itching and burning sensation
on the tip of the penis, which can be very irritating. When passing urine, the burning sensation
may be more intense. Discharge: A man with a penile yeast infection
may notice a white substance coming from the penis, similar to the discharge from a vaginal
infection. The discharge may have an unpleasant odor. Discomfort during intercourse: A man with
a penile yeast infection may experience discomfort during sexual intercourse, due to the soreness,
irritation, and inflammation of the penis. 2
Understand the causes and risk factors. The most common causes and risk factors for
penile yeast infection include: Sexual transmission: Just like sexually transmitted
infections, a yeast infection can be transmitted through sexual contact. A man can contract penile yeast infection
by having unprotected intercourse with a yeast-infected woman. Antibiotics: Although it is less common than
sexual transmission, a man can get penile yeast infection through prolonged use of antibiotics. Diabetes: Yeast thrives well in glucose, therefore
men with diabetes are more susceptible to yeast infections, due to their elevated blood
sugars. Foods: A typical American diet increases the
chances of a man developing penile yeast infection. Wheat, barley, oats, peanuts, red apples,
and corn encourage yeast growth in the body because of their high glucose content, which
is food for yeast. Nonoxynol-9: This is a sperm-killing drug
contained in condom lubricants. This substance has been linked to causing
yeast infections in men.

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