What Is Male Thrush?
Male Thrush goes by many names. It is also referred to as:
- Male Candidiasis
These are all different terms for the same phenomenon of mycosis, or fungal infection. This fungal infection is caused by the fungus Candida Albicans. This is a type of yeast. There are also other strains of Candida yeast fungi. Thrush can appear on different parts of the body for men and women, including their genital areas.
Male Thrush is a Penile Yeast Infection, also commonly referred to as jock itch. The Candida Albicans exists naturally on the body and skin and can develop more in certain conditions. It is usually naturally balanced by healthy, good bacteria levels.
However, when the levels of good bacteria become altered, it is more likely that a person will develop Male Thrush. It is possible to develop Penile Thrush by having sexual relations with a female who currently has a yeast infection and pass it on to the male.
What Causes Candidosis To Develop In Males?
The fungi exists on the skin and areas of the body naturally and is kept in check by the body’s immune system levels. When this balance gets upset, Candidosis can develop. Changes to the balance can be caused by stress, a weakened immune system, or even taking prescription antibiotics.
Men with diabetes, sicknesses, or an HIV positive diagnosis are especially vulnerable to developing Male Thrush. Changes in the humidity and heat levels can upset the balance in addition to irritated skin from utilizing soaps or gels containing perfume in them in the shower.
What Are The Signs Or Symptoms Of Penile Thrush?
The most common symptom that a male has Male Thrush is that there is a large amount of inflammation and infection on the head of their penis, or glans penis. It is rare but sometimes it can happen that there are no symptoms.
Some symptoms can include:
- Red, inflamed skin, patches, or spots on the head of the penis
- Soreness, irritation, and extreme itching on the glans penis
- The glans penis has swelling
- Discharge from the penis
- Moderate pain when attempting to urinate
- Discharge that is cottage cheese like under foreskin
- An uncomfortable or strange odor from the area
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Red bumps that have grown in size and severity
Skin infection is also possible with Candidosis. It’s not only limited to irritation of the glans penis. Signs of this may be a rash that has formed out of nowhere, red skin that appears scaled, small spots that are red around the rash area, or the skin becomes unusually white and soft.
How Long Does Penile Thrush Last?
How long does Penile Thrush last? Thrush can last anywhere from a few days to over a couple weeks to completely clear up. For best results, consult your doctor and follow his or her directions.
How To Treat Candidosis
Sufferers can treat Male Thrush by using antifungal creams, corticosteroid cream, or by using good hygiene to keep your skin clean and from getting too moist. Home remedies include taking drops of oil of oregano orally, applying yogurt, and using athlete’s foot cream. Not having sex and dropping yeast and sugar from the diet can also help.