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It is not as common for men to get yeast infections as women. However, since the condition is far more common among women and it is easy to pass a yeast infection to a male sexual partner, it is possible for men to get struck down with a penile yeast infection. A yeast infection, no matter who has it, is caused by an overabundance of candida in the body. Some of the symptoms include soreness, irritation, redness and even little blisters on the head of the penis, as well as a cottage cheese-like discharge. Here is how to cure a penile yeast infection.
Buy a tube of vaginal yeast-killing cream such as Monistat and coat your penis with the cream. This will help to reduce the itching and will also work toward healing any redness, dryness or discomfort.
Take a bath in lukewarm water with two tablespoons of white vinegar added, twice a day or more often as needed to be comfortable. The acid in the vinegar will help to kill the overabundance of yeast that are living on your penis and causing all the nasty symptoms. This is a great standby if you run out of cream, or only want to use the cream at night.
Sleep without any underwear. If you keep the area dry and clean and out in the open, this will make it difficult for the yeast to continue to thrive as they like warm, moist areas.
Avoid washing with scented or anti-bacterial soaps until you have your penile yeast infection under control. These can make the itching really bad.
Eat a diet high in probiotics such as yogurt and cottage cheese. Both of these have friendly bacteria in them that will get into your digestive system and help to reduce the number of yeast, thus helping your symptoms.
Go to the doctor and get a prescription for Diflucan or Nizoral. However, taking either of these medications should only be done as a last resort since there are health issues associated with both drugs as outlined in the Warnings section.
Be aware that Diflucan has a high incidence of people being allergic to it, and Nizoral reduces your body's ability to make hormones like testosterone.
It is easy to confuse genital herpes with a penile yeast infection, so if you've never had a penile yeast infection before, it's a good idea to go to the doctor and get a correct diagnosis before you begin any sort of treatment regime.