How to treat men with anal yeast infection, you may ask? Well, at the very least, treat them nicely—yeast infections of any kind aren’t exactly a picnic. Yes indeed, men can get yeast infections…and not just the oral and genital kind either. An anal yeast infection can strike both men and women, so it will benefit both parties to read the material here and become aware of how to thwart transmission and infection. And there are a few treatment options—prescription, over-the-counter and homeopathic.
- Prescriptions.You can pay your GP a visit and he or she may be able to prescribe you something for men with an anal yeast infection. This may include creams, rinses, pills, suppositories, or—of all things—antibiotics.
- OTC stuff. Yeast occurs in both genders and in more than one place. Athlete’s foot, for example, is a type of yeast infection. Therefore, regardless of what kind of reproductive plumbing you have, any old anti-fungal cream from the pharmacy will be great. Monistat and athlete’s foot cream will work just fine.
- Home remedies. Yogurt with live cultures is the best and most effective way to treat a yeast infection from home. Acidophilus cultures promote the growth of good bacteria and help stave off the yeast, and you can treat a candida overgrowth either by eating yogurt or applying it to the infected area. The latter is the more effective method of the two, but it’s understandable if you don’t want to give yourself a yogurt enema.
A yeast infection is the result of an overgrowth of the fungus called candida in places that are known to contain moisture (the mouth, anus, and genitals). When there’s too much moisture in the area, this can sometimes allow the candida fungus to multiply, creating an uneven balance between the good and bad bacteria in your body. The result is unbearable anal itching, blisters, painful bathroom habits, more itching, peeling skin around the anus, and even more itching. Basically, you’ll know when there’s a problem.
So how does a person get an anal yeast infection? The usual suspect is antibiotics. These lovely medications kill the bad and the good bacteria in the body and are notorious for causing yeast infections in both genders. Wearing ill-fitting clothing is another major cause of yeast infections south of the border in both men and women; if you’re wearing extra-snug undies or sport tights and you get monkey butt, all that moisture is a giant invitation for candida to come over and party. Lastly, a man who engages in anal intercourse with another man that has a yeast infection can result in—shock of shocks—an anal yeast crisis. The use of scented or flavored lubricants can also encourage an overload of yeast, especially if said lube contains sugar; yeast absolutely loves sugar.
Men with an anal yeast infection might be hesitant to seek treatment because they may worry their doctor might assume they’ve been physical with another man. And for some guys, that might be the truth and they don’t want to be "found out" or they’re just plain uncomfortable…but trust me guys, your doctor isn’t going to care how you got a yeast infection. They want to help you and then send you a nice bill, that’s all.
A yeast infection may just seem annoying, but as they are bacterial infections, they should be taken seriously. Believe it or not, a yeast infection left untreated long enough can be fatal. Candida infections are measured in stages, and the fifth stage is a "game over," but not before your organs shut down, you break out in hives and your immune system conks out. This is an incredibly rare complication of candidiasis, but women and men with an anal yeast infection shouldn’t take their chances if holistic approaches fail.