When most people hear the term "yeast infection", they automatically assume you're referring to a vaginal yeast infection in women. This is often true, but not always. In
fact, yeast infections can develop almost anywhere on the body, and they can occur in men, women, and children.
Genital yeast infections are the most common type however, and in most cases these infections are vaginal. Men don't often realize that they can also get yeast infections on their penis however, and this is often gotten through sexual intercourse with women who have vaginal yeast infections.
A woman gets vaginal yeast infections in many ways. She could be sensitive or allergic to latex in condoms for instance, or she could have used a spermicide known as nonoxynol 9. Women also get vaginal yeast infections from sexual intercourse with infected men, from sensitivities to cologns, perfumes and dyes, or simply from the type of clothing they were.
Men however, usually get genital yeast infections from women. Unfortunately there are often no signs or symptoms of a penile yeast infection, so a man and woman will often pass the infection back and forth without knowing it.
Sometimes men do have symptoms though, and this is an extremely scary situation for them because the symptoms resemble various other, more serious sexually transmitted diseases. When a man has a penile yeast infection for instance, he may experience itching, burning, and redness on his penis. He may also find there is a bit of thick yellowish discharge as well.
Women experience vaginal yeast infections in very similar ways. They usually have itching, burning, and discharge.
Both men and women can treat genital yeast infections in similar ways. One of the most natural remedies for yeast infections is yogurt for instance. A woman can insert yogurt suppositories into her vagina, and a man can rub the yogurt all over his penis. A less messy way to get the same results from yogurt is to buy Acidophilus suppositories instead.
There are also over the counter antifungal creams that can be used by both men and women. These aren't marketed towards men, but they still work for them as well. The problem with these creams however, is that using them can cause them to not work in the future. Just like bacteria are immune to standard prescription antibiotics, they also quickly become immune to the use of synthetic antifungal medications too. This is true with both over the counter and prescription versions of these medicines.
A more natural and powerful cure for genital yeast infections is plain old fashioned garlic. Garlic is a very powerful antifungal herb which can be used for almost any type of fungus related infection or growth. Garlic can be used by women in a vaginal douche, men can rub garlic oil or juice on their penis, or garlic supplements can be taken by mouth. All of these methods quickly kill the fungus infection without the common side effects experienced with prescription medications.
Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.
Note: Some statements in this
article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational
purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.