Yeast infection on penis is often called a “family” disease, since it’s often supported by either sexual partner in a couple. Even experiencing no symptoms whatsoever, a man can be an aymptomatic carrier of a Candida fungus. Not so serious as a disease, candidiasis although may cause undesirable complications in men, such as spreading of yeast infection up the urethra. As a result, a man sometimes develops cystitis, prostatitis or even infertility issues. Therefore, even if you view thrush as a minor problem, treatment is needed. This article will be useful for all men, since yeast genital infections remain a very common disease in both males and females. We’ll share 10 important facts about male thrush, review typical male yeast infections, their symptoms and more causes of red dots on penis.
Penile Yeast Infection: How Does Candidiasis Start?
A medical term, referred to yeast infection in men, is “candidiasis”. It suggests yeast infections on penis of any Candida (fungus) variety, taking into account that the most widespread one is Candida Albicans. Candida fungi are present in normal microflora of your mouth cavity and intestine. In women they are available in vagina. However, if you have them, it doesn’t mean you are infected. Candidiasis occurs when Candida yeast begins to propagate massively. That often happens in case of weakened immunity, for instance, after antibiotics usage.
Yeast infection on penis reveals as a combination of red rashes with white coating on the head of the penis. Often this coating resembles cottage cheese in consistency. At the same time, male thrush may lie dormant, i.e. reveal no symptoms at all. In this case during unprotected sex infected men often transmit yeast infection to their sexual partners, in who yeast is thriving, causing many inconveniences, since vaginal thrush belongs to very typical female infections.
Male Thrush: Facts To Know
- Thrush symptoms in men often occur right after sexual intercourse and quickly disappear without any treatment.
- The most typical symptom of male yeast infection is a light film-like coating on the penis head and foreskin, which is nothing else than accumulation of fungi in the topmost mucous epithelium layer. This coating gets easily removed during sex, leaving the mucous membrane without its protective layer and causing painful sensations.
- Male thrush doesn’t belong to sexually transmitted infections. They are often mentioned together because of similar clinic picture.
- Although men tend to get yeast infection from their sexual partners, it frequently has other sources of origin (poor hygiene, underlying diseases, antibiotics, too much sugar in diet, etc.)
- If your sexual partner has thrush as well, she needs treatment too. Otherwise, you will keep infecting each other. Besides, it’s recommended not to have sex until the symptoms disappear.
- When not properly treated, thrush has a tendency to recurrence. If you have more than 4 episodes of thrush during a year, you are dealing with a recurrent penis yeast infection.
- Untreated thrush may trigger urethra or bladder inflammation, spreading to mucous membranes and other skin areas.
- Pay attention that infected penis with rash and itching doesn’t necessarily point at candidiasis. You may also need to check for sexually transmitted infections, as other pathogenic microorganisms can also cause similar symptoms.
- Usually penis yeast infection is eliminated with topical treatments: special creams and ointments, applied twice a day during a week or so. In severe neglected cases, ointments won’t save you, because infection penetrates inside the organism. Over-the-counter anti-fungal medications though do a good job.
- Often candidiasis is found in men, whose wives are pregnant. During pregnancy a female vagina provides more favorable conditions for active propagation of Candida. Consequently, more yeast is transmitted to a men during sex.
Penile Thrush Infection: Candidiasis & Balanoposthitis
- Candidiasis in men (male thrush). Thrush in men usually reveals as burning during urination, red dots with white coating at the penis head, sometimes ulcers, itchy penis and scaly skin. Painful sensations may bother you during a sexual intercourse. Sometimes men worry that the skin on penis changes its color, on the areas, affected by thrush, to be more precise. Discoloration will pass and so will other symptoms as soon as you complete your therapy.
- Balanoposthitis. Not only Candida fungus, but also staphylococci or streptococci can cause balanoposthitis. Sometimes the disease progresses as an accompanying condition of diabetes or urethritis. A patient complains of red dots or spots on penis, acute burning, pain during sexual intercourse and urination. Balanoposthitis is treated with disinfecting treatments, such as manganese solution, natural remedies, aloe juice, for instance, strict intimate hygiene, anti-fungal medications and over-the-counter creams with clotrimazol and others.
Red Dots On Penis: Causes
Skin on the penis head is very tender and vulnerable, that’s why its exposure to irritants may cause a responsive reaction – rash. Infection belongs to the most frequent causes of red spots, bothering men. During puberty guys may get tiny pink rashes along the edges of the penis head. With closer examination, you’ll notice that they are not rashes but pearly penile papules, maturing in this age. If your puberty is far behind, it’s likely to be an allergy or infection.
Red dots on penis, its head in particular, is a symptom of many conditions. An experienced andrologist/urologist will determine their nature during the first examination. More complicated cases though require additional testing. Rash on penis may occur due to both infectious and non-infectious causes:
- Male thrush. Most often a man gets infected from an infected sexual partner. However, usage of antibiotics and weak immune system can induce thrush onset as well.
- Balanoposthitis. Its symptoms include red dots, spots and even red ulcers in some cases. A causative agent (bacteria, yeast, viruses or parasites) gets on penis from an external source and propagates in case of poor intimate hygiene.
- Allergic reaction. Men, who actively use lubricants, creams, latex products may develop allergies to chemical substances in the mentioned solutions.
- Poor intimate hygiene and synthetic underwear. They cause irritation and accumulation of smegma.
- Irrational diet and metabolism disorders. These may also trigger occurrence of suspicious red dots.
If you have any doubts, better settle them with a doctor, who you trust.
Yeast Infection On Penis: What Can You Do To Ease The Symptoms?
Thrush symptoms are often very annoying. Treatment must begin from a visit to a doctor. Even if you have an experience of thrush treatment, you need to confirm the diagnosis, since other STDs are often mistaken for candidiasis. Before you get your treatment recommendations you may ease your symptoms. This is how it’s done:
- Avoid any activities which make you sweat heavily. Sweat irritates the infected penis.
- Clean your penis regularly. When washing, shy away from perfumed soaps and gels, increasing irritation.
- Correct your diet. Exclude hot, spicy foods and vinegar. They intensify itching and burning sensation. Bread, sweets, foods and drinks with yeast provide perfect environment for propagation of Candida fungi. Fruit and vegetables, milk products and grains are good choices.
- Natural yogurt without sugar free of any additives soothes the infected area.
The bottom line. If you’ve encountered male yeast infection, chances are high it has been transmitted sexually. Besides, keep in mind that when your organism is absolutely healthy, even if you get infected with Candida during a sexual intercourse, friendly microorganisms will eliminate yeast in time. Therefore, take thrush for a warning, indicating that your immune system is weakened.