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Male Yeast Infection: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments & Testimonials

Updated 4/06/2021

Written by Dr. Shalaka Samant, PhD and Dan Jackowiak Nc, HHP


Dr. Shalaka Samant, PhD says... The information presented in this article about male yeast infection, its causes, symptoms and treatments is medically correct.


Male yeast infection is much more common than you would think and can cause many different health problems.

Most men will go through life never knowing that they have a yeast infection because there is a preconceived notion that men do not get them. Women will get a vaginal infection and this is the clue that something’s wrong in their body. Whereas men will have absolutely no idea they may have a male yeast infection until it creates other problems with their health.

Usually, men are informed by their significant other that she has a yeast infection, so the chances are he has it too. As a matter of fact, the woman of the house gives it to everyone in the house at some point. Most doctors will prescribe an anti-fungal for the woman's vaginal yeast infection and suggest that the man take it also so he does not give it back to her. Other doctors will tell you that men don't get yeast infections.


Dr. Shalaka Samant, PhD says...

Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungus which commonly colonizes human mucosal surfaces. However, systemic or local changes within the host may promote a proliferation of Candida with an ensuing risk of host tissue invasion. Common culprits for this imbalance are broad-spectrum antibiotic use, frequent sexual intercourse, irritating soaps or deodorants, wearing tight-fitting undergarments, or any exposure to a hot and humid environment. Although typically associated with females, it is not uncommon for yeast infections to occur in males. These candida infections may range from non-life threatening superficial mucocutaneous disorders to invasive disseminated disease involving multiple organs.


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Other than getting skin yeast on his penis, men are at significant risk to develop further health problems from yeast. During sex, the male’s urethra is exposed and vulnerable to a urinary tract infection from an infected female. According to Infectious Disease doctors Carol A. Kauffman, John F. Fisher, Jack D. Sobel, and Cheryl A. Newman, in some cases yeast can travel up the urethral canal and settle in the prostate, bladder and kidneys but this is pretty rare.


Dr. Shalaka Samant, PhD says...

Although rare, Candida can also lead to urinary tract infections (UTIs) in men. Candiduria (presence of Candida sp. in urine) is an increasingly common finding in hospitalized patients, and patients with diabetes mellitus are at a higher risk of developing fungal UTIs (1). However, clinical symptoms and signs are not useful in distinguishing bacterial from fungal UTIs. Thus, other diagnostic laboratory and imaging studies need to be pursued in the evaluation of proven candiduria.

1. Candidal overgrowth in diabetic patients: potential predisposing factors. Mycoses. 2005 May;48(3):192-6.


Men can also get a oral yeast infection from oral sex with infected females. As a matter of fact, experts suggest that up to 50% of adults have yeast in their mouths. If this is the case with you, during oral sex you can give a woman a vaginal yeast infection.


Dr. Shalaka Samant, PhD says...

C. albicans is the principal yeast isolated from the mouth and is frequently present in the oral cavity of healthy adults, both male and female, as a part of the normal flora. However, Candida overgrowth and conversion to the pseudomycelial form coupled with invasion of the oral mucosa results in Candidiasis. Pre-existing or associated variations in the host immune system usually determine whether it remains as a commensal or transmutes into a pathogen. For instance, oral candidiasis becomes clinically apparent in HIV positive patients (2) and cancer patients (3). In fact, with the increase in number of AIDS cases, there is a resurgence of less common forms of oral candida infections. This oral pathogenic growth can potentially even serve as a reservoir for spreading in the immunocompromised patients to become oesophageal candidiasis. Oral candida infections are also often precipitated by co-morbidities like diabetes mellitus.

2.  Jan Torssander, Linda Morfeldt-Månson, Gunnel Biberfeld, Anders Karlsson, Per-Olof Putkonen & Jerzy Wasserman (1987) Oral Candida albicans in HIV Infection, Scandinavian Journal of Infectious Diseases, 19:3, 291-295, DOI: 10.3109/00365548709018473
3. Oral candidiasis: pathogenesis, clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment strategies. J Calif Dent Assoc. 2013 Apr;41(4):263-8.


Male Yeast Infection Can Also Infect the Intestines

Many of the causes of male yeast infection are the same for any other yeast infection including sex. Most often the good bacteria to yeast ratio in your digestive system becomes unbalanced, allowing the yeast fungi to thrive and spread to other parts of the body.

The most common cause of yeast infections in adult and youth males are antibiotics, lowered good bacteria levels that are killed by alcohol, sex with infected partners, and typically the woman in the house eventually gives it to everyone.

A diet high in wheat products, corn products, and high sugar foods feeds it which allows it to spread. Corn, soy and wheat are also contaminated by Roundup and Roundup kills good bacteria. It takes years for Roundup to have an effect but eventually it will.

In the case of antibiotics we can take a look at Penicillin, discovered in 1928 by Dr. Fleming as he was running an experiment with mold from bread. He took some of this mold and added it to his dish of live bacteria. What he noticed was that the mold completely cleared out the bacteria. The fungus killed the bacteria just as it does in your digestive system when you take antibiotics. As this article points out, depending on the antibiotic used and the resulting decline in bacteria numbers and diversity, it can take up to a year for these levels to recover. 

Antibiotics aren't the only drug that can cause intestinal yeast infections in males. A recent study presented at The United European Gastroenterology conference took a close look at over 2,000 stool samples from both healthy people and folks with irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel syndrome.

Those stool samples showed just how devastating drugs can be to your microbiome.

Researchers logged which drugs people were taking. They found that 18 out of 41 common classes of drugs significantly affected the microbiome.(Source)

Notice that it is classes of drugs... not individual drugs!

The drugs with the biggest impact were:

  • Proton pump inhibitors
  • Laxatives
  • Antibiotics
  • Steroids
  • Anti-depressants
  • And the diabetes drug metformin.

This interruption of gut bacteria doesn't just impact folks with IBS. Studies show a messed-up microbiome can lead to weight-gain, heart attacks, poor blood sugar control, cancer and quite possibly intestinal yeast over growth.

Although alcohol has been shown to not affect population levels of candida yeast, as published in the Journal Microbiome in 2018, it does affect good bacteria levels in a negative way. Drinking alcohol excessively will lower good bacteria levels, just like antibiotics. Beer also contains the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a yeast which has been known to infect people.

You eat sugar-laden foods, which feed the infection allowing it to grow. This goes on until the fungus takes a good hold in your digestive system and becomes chronic.

The bottom line is you have to let your immune system get worn down by the constant abuse of your body and that is when you begin to experience some of the symptoms.


Dr. Shalaka Samant, PhD says...

Yeast infections can also affect other organs in men. For instance, C. tropicalis has been known to cause lesions in the prostate. Another common infection caused by yeast in men is colonic candidiasis (4). Candida can also cause nail infections, skin abscesses, and cerebral abscesses in men and women. Candida can also escape from all these niches and start growing in the host’s bloodstream leading to systemic candidiasis (5). Systemic candidiasis is a less frequent occurrence but carries a mortality rate of 71–79%.


4. Fungal infection of the colon. Clin Exp Gastroenterol. 2014; 7: 415–426. Published online 2014 Oct 21. doi: 10.2147/CEG.S67776.
5. Inflammation and gastrointestinal Candida colonization. Curr Opin Microbiol. 2011 Aug; 14(4): 386–391.

Common Male Yeast Infection Symptoms

The more common symptoms of male yeast infection are constipation, bloating, indigestion, frequent intestinal gas, sexual dysfunction, irritability and mood swings, fatigue or lack of energy, memory loss, jock itch, dry itchy flaky skin, athletes feet, nail fungus, your urinary tract in your penis itches, and occasionally prostate problems.

You may also develop a craving for sweets, pastas, chips, etc because of the sugar they contain. Sugars and simple carbs are yeasts preferred food source and it will demand to be fed. Unknowingly you will more than likely feed it, until you realize you have it and do something about it.

Men and boys most often experience digestive problems and all the related problems as the number one symptom. However, according to James M. Steckelberg, M.D. with the  Mayo Clinic, penile skin yeast infections are a big problem especially in uncircumcised males.


Treating the Different Types of Male Yeast Infections

We have devoted an entire page to penis yeast infections or other genital skin infections and how to treat them.

Systemic and intestinal yeast infections are treated in much the same way as all other fungal infections. This webpage will show you how to treat them.


Dr. Shalaka Samant, PhD says...

The treatment after confirmation of the diagnosis should include recognizing and eliminating the underlying causes such as ill-fitting oral appliances, history of medications (antibiotics, corticosteroids, etc.), immunological and endocrine disorders, nutritional deficiency states, and prolonged hospitalization. Treatment with appropriate topical antifungal agents such as amphotericin, nystatin, or miconazole usually resolves the symptoms of superficial infection. A major hurdle for treatment are the inherently drug-resistant non - Candida albicans Candida organisms that are being increasingly implicated in yeast infections (6).

6. Pathogenesis and treatment of oral candidosis. J Oral Microbiol. 2011 Jan 28;3. doi: 10.3402/jom.v3i0.5771.


Have Any Questions About Male Yeast Infections?

Do you have any questions about male yeast infections or yeast infections in general? Ask your question here or contact us using the contact page of this website. It is also always a good idea to talk to your doctor as well.



Male Yeast Infection Testimonials

Greetings Dan,

Thank you so much for the valuable information, nutritional advice, and wisdom you impart to those of us fortunate to have found your website.

I am a 53 year old male (was seemingly) in good health and shape who has experienced and discovered an internal yeast infection due to a diet that included too much sugar, wheat, and enough low value carbohydrates. Who knows how long it was evolving, but when the yeast infection became clear, it was because I felt so uncomfortable in my digestive system, loose stool. itchy eyes, irritable, etc.

I am heeding your advice and directives. Most of all I am grateful for the professional and personal way you have created the newsletter, and acknowledge that it is clearly borne out of a genuine desire to help and teach others. This is a true sacrifice for humanity. May your own life be served and blessed in kind.

Sincerely & With Gratitude,
Paul

*****


Dan,

Your website is a godsend, thanks for sharing this type of information!!!
 
Sincerely,
Ken

*****


Dan

I have been fighting candida and leaky gut for years. I am so thankful for your website and information. I feel better than I have in years, finally turning the corner, great products, great information.

Thanks,
Jim

*****


Hi Dan,

I have found that Biofase is definitely helping with my digestion. I hardly have any bloating, gas, belching after meals which is great because before starting your systemic yeast protocol this was a huge problem. I will continue with Biofase and Profase as long as necessary in order to get my yeast issues under control. I believe that I may need to take a probiotic for maintenance once everything is back in balance and I have no doubt that Profase is one of the best on the market. Biofase is the first enzyme that I have ever taken so I can't really compare it to others out there however its effects are paramount in tackling my yeast overgrowth.

I sincerely thank you for making these products available and for keeping the price reasonable. Tackling my yeast overgrowth has proven to be a costly expenditure so this I'm sure is a big help to many others as well.

Cheers,
Jeremy

*****


Dan;  

I want to thank you so much for your great website and all the help getting rid of my decades old battle with candida. It is a tough bug to get under control. But one's health is worth more than gold.

I now take Biofase almost every morning for continuing control of candida, so it won't come back, and enzyme therapy for joints and cleansing.

Your website and your recommendations for supplements helped me so much in the fight against my overgrowth of candida. I'm so happy to have this knowledge to keep candida away and be in control of my health.

Thank you so much for all you do.

Tom

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Hi Dan,

I ran out of Biofase and did not reorder because it seemed my constipation issues had resolved. Over a span of 2 months I have become less and less regular and am now back to constipation- ugh. I though perhaps my yeast was under control, but apparently not. I think I need to stay on the biofase a little longer to stay regular while I chelate heavy metals. I just reordered.

Jeff

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Hi Dan,

This is an update. I have just finished my first bottle of Biofase (180 caps) and have reordered. I tend to be sensitive to supplements and have had no issues with Biofase. I am taking it for chronic yeast, and my symptoms have been improving so I will continue. It continues to help a lot to keep me regular, and this benefit alone is worth it.

Thanks,

Jeff

*****


Thanks, Dan, for the progress that I've been able to make since beginning your Biofase enzymes five weeks ago. At that time, I had an extremely painful bladder infection as part of the Candida infection which has blighted almost all my adult life (I'm 40). You were also very kind in replying promptly to a couple questions I had about the treatment.

I am happy to report that my energy, appetite and concentration have improved overall (for example, resuming regular exercise and stepping up my songwriting work). As the other testimonials will agree, this is not a 'magic bullet'; and anyone following this protocol should adhere closely to your dietary advice too, along with listening to his/her body with regard to food intolerances and reactions. Being very limited food-wise, that's tough - but any 'dips' I've noticed while taking Biofase have been briefer and easier to manage.
With my appreciation, and best wishes for your continued success!

Carl

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Hi Dan,

I have just finished my first bottle of Biofase (90 caps). I have found that it dramatically helps my elimination. I have had slow elimination for over a decade and the Biofase seems to increase peristalsis and is really turning things around for me. My elimination is definitely better at 6 biofase per day. I have started slow because I am sensitive to most supplements. I will add Profase soon.

Thanks,

Jeff

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Hi Dan

First to let you know that your protocol truly works and believe me I have tried them all with little or no success at all. I have been suffering with systemic yeasts for around 5 years and it was all due to high amounts of antibiotics in childhood. Then 3 years ago some medical problems occurred like horrible acne, athletic foot, panic attacks, extreme tiredness during the day and the most annoying of them all some sort of depression without any severe cause. The doctors could not explain what was wrong. 2 years ago i began to research what could be the cause to these medical problems, and I discovered that i had all the symptoms for system candidiasis. Then my long journey to health started.

For the next 2 and a half years I tried all sorts of diets and some mild herbs but nothing seemed to help me get better. 6 months ago i randomly found your website and start to read a little about it. Everything on your website was amazing and i said to myself, why not give it a try, anyway if i tried all sorts of things why should i quit now.

Your site was probably the best thing that has happened to me in 2 years with my battle with candida. I started just like you wrote on the website: 2 months of Ultimate cleansing continued with Zeolite pure powder. Now i must admit that ultimate cleansing was not such a big thing and i could not see any big difference. It was only when i added your BIOFASE AND PROFASE things started to improve big time.

I must say that this combination is by far the best thing for yeast infection that i have come across in all these years. All websites just sell herbs and medication but without any knowledge about biofilms. i will continue taking biofase and profase because i must say i had severe case of candida and because of you I am just so close to getting rid of it for good. I must say that your pick of herbs is also the best and they work magic with yeasts. Keep up the good work Dan and may the Biofase and Profase be with you :)

With regards,
Anton


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