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Candida yeast infection in men

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Penile Thrush

Candida, also known as thrush, is usually caused by a fungus called Candida albicans and can occur in men as well as women.

Candida albicans occurs naturally in the body and usually grows in warm, moist places, such as the mouth and genital area, according to the NHS. Normally, it does not cause any trouble as it is controlled by the immune system and other types of bacteria in the body. However, sometimes the fungus can grow and multiply, leading to infection.

Causes

Thrush is more likely to occur in men who have the following.

However, it is also possible, according to Candida Support, to contract the infection via the following:

Symptoms

Some common symptoms of male thrush include:

The infection can sometimes also travel down to the anal region and develop into a red, itchy and sometimes painful rash there.

Treatments

Often, thrush in men can be treated through an over-the-counter remedy. This can come in the form of a cream to relieve symptoms or a pill taken orally. If symptoms do not go away after 14 days, it is advisable to see a doctor.

Because Candida albicans grows in warm moist areas and thrives on irritated and damaged skin, it is important to:

Click here to read about Candida in women, other sexually transmitted infections Herpes, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and bladder infection Interstitial Cystitis.

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