Most people think that fungal and yeast infections are a woman’s thing and men can get away from an attack of these microorganisms. Turns out this is not true. Candida yeast lives in the moist areas of the body irrespective of the gender. In general, they don’t cause any trouble but an overgrowth of the same can lead to infections in any part of the body and the most infection-prone area is the genitals. In men, a fungal or yeast infection in the penile area is common. Here are few reasons for same:
A weak immune system: There could be any number of reasons for this – feeding your body with junk, suffering from diabetes which affects immunity to a large extent, being on immunosuppressant, etc. A weak immune system fails to prevent the growth of fungus or yeast in the affected areas – or the penis – and so the infection starts to spread and of course makes it quite uncomfortable to deal.
Having sex with partners affected by the infection: Yes, women are prone to getting these infections, thanks to the vaginal flora that gets affected by the slightest change in hormonal balance. Having sexual intercourse with an affected partner increases one’s chance of getting the same infection manifold.
Antibiotics usage: They are prescribed to kill certain microorganisms (usually bacteria) to treat infections, while on their job they can alter the balance of good-bad bacteria in the gut or the genital area giving yeast and fungi a chance to grow and flourish.
Alcohol abuse: Substance abuse does a man no good. Even if you are an occasional drinker or restrict your alcohol intake to just beer, it can still disturb the bacterial flora in the genitals and give rise to either a fungal or yeast infection.
High sugar diet: These kinds of diet raise the blood sugar levels in the body. Increase in blood sugar is known to promote yeast growth in the genital areas giving rise to an infection.
Damaged skin: A damaged foreskin could make the area prone to various kinds of infections and accidents too. However, when the glans penis is lacking adequate protection due to damages to the foreskin, it increases the chances acquiring an infection.