Though the gut reaction of many to the idea of yeast infection in men might be to be incredulous, laugh or both, for those who have suffered through this very situation, it is no joke. Male yeast infections, while certainly not as common in men as in women given the conditions for fungal growth are more optimal in the female genitalia, nonetheless are very real. Often directly related to a prior female yeast infection, an individual male yeast infection can yield the same sense of discomfort that stands to prevent afflicted members of the population from enjoying life to the fullest extent, even if for a short time. Noting popular associations of yeast infections with "women's problems", too, yeast infection in men can be of certain embarrassment to those affected by this disease. However, with proper understanding of male yeast infections, both patients and critics alike should realize there is nothing of which to be ashamed regarding the presence of excessive fungal growth. Some general information on the phenomenon of male yeast infection:
As hinted at, the presentation of yeast infection in men and women is, on many occasions, more than purely coincidental. A common manifestation of candidiasis in women, as one may well know, is vaginal yeast infection, characterized by a general sense of irritation in the genital area, as well as abnormal discharges/secretions from the area. Through sexual intercourse, there is wont to be direct contact between the penis and the vagina, which, in all certainty, creates a bridge for infection to travel. (Already, this concept is familiar to those who have studied the mechanics behind sexually-transmitted diseases.) In due time, with sexual partners where the woman is infected, both female and male yeast infections may be the end result. Realistically, male yeast infection does not always result from intercourse when the woman has the disease, but it is still a primary avenue for passing along harmful fungi.
With this in mind, it is also important to note that yeast infection in men does not necessarily have to be a product of sexual behavior. Whenever a person's immune system has been compromised in part or in whole, a slew of secondary diseases/infections are distinctly possible. Accordingly, for men who suffer from a serious condition that negates their ability to produce white blood cells, yeast infection of some sort may be just around the corner, so to speak. Aside from genitalia, any number of sites on the body may prove suitable as breeding grounds for Candida fungi, such as the mouth, the armpits, or even in the spaces between fingers and toes. If the conditions lend themselves to fungal growth, the opportunity is indeed there.
In avoiding male yeast infection, the name of the game, as they say, is prevention. Seeing as so many male yeast infections are related to sexual intercourse, it stands to reason that if partner are aware of the fact the female participant has an infection, a condom should be used during sex for at least as long as treatment persists. The act of sex might actually be too uncomfortable for one of the people involved given the symptoms, if not both, so abstinence during this time may be an even better tack, and in fact, is generally recommended. It also is critical both men and women, if they both exhibit symptoms, get treated for their infections. Otherwise, they may end up simply passing the candidiasis back and forth, and in this case, something will surely be needed to proverbially break the cycle.