While most male yeast infections cause little or no symptoms, the condition can be alarming when symptoms do occur. Fortunately, most male yeast infections can be treated quickly at home in only a few days. Men who are diabetic or who have HIV or an impaired immune system are most susceptible to yeast infections, but they can occur in any man at any age.
Visit your doctor for a full evaluation if you may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease. Some symptoms of male yeast infections, such as itching, burning, rash and pain during urination, can result from bacterial infections that require treatment with antibiotics.
Clean and dry your penis thoroughly several times each day. Retract your foreskin to remove any trapped particles that may cause irritation. Allow your genitals to dry completely before redressing because yeast thrive in moist, dark environments.
Use an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream on the affected area for at least one week, or as directed by your doctor. Products such as Monistat are effective for both men and women and are available for purchase in most grocery stores and pharmacies.
Let your doctor know if you are currently taking antibiotics to treat a different infection. According to the Mayo Clinic, antibiotic use can cause or worsen yeast infections. You may need to change medications.
Try a prescription oral anti-fungal medication to treat your yeast infection. Medications such as Diflucan and Nizoral can usually clear up symptoms with a single oral dose. However, these medications may cause liver damage in some people and your doctor may require a liver function test before prescribing this medication.
Do not have sex with your partner until your treatment is complete and your symptoms are gone. Yeast infections can be transmitted sexually, and anti-fungal creams can damage condoms and make them ineffective at preventing reinfection, STDs and pregnancy.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after several days of treatment and schedule a prompt appointment if you notice a penile discharge or blisters or if you develop a fever.
Things you need
- Over-the-counter anti-fungal ointment