Candida Balanitis is a form of fungal infection found in the groin and penile area of men, also known as Thrush in men. The symptoms can be painful and include: pain with urination, foul odor, pain from sex, redness, soreness, inflammation on head of penis, and/or chunky discharge under the foreskin. Mainly this type of skin infection develops in warm, moist areas of the body, especially where separate skin folds touch each other or come together. Examples of these areas are: skin between your fingers, groin/genital area, the armpits, and the perineum (the skin in between the anus and the genitals). Due to the rolls of skin, obese people and uncircumcised men are at high risk for developing this skin infection.
The body already has Candida (Yeast) being stored inside of it at a very low population. However, if the natural state of balance is disturbed in the body, Candida can multiply and take over other systems of the body causing Candidiasis to occur. Candidiasis, Thrush in men, can be caused by several things including: Oral contraceptives (Birth Control), alcohol, drugs, stress and even eating excessive amounts of sugar. Cleaning up your diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can free your body of the harmful Yeast.
People with weak immune systems, which are prone to illness or are already sick by disease or infection should be aware, for they are at higher risk for complications. Once the fungus starts moving and spreading it can maneuver its way into the bloodstream, which in time would spread to and damage many different organs.
Some comforting things you can do at home, if you are experiencing Thrush in men are:
Keep good personal hygiene
Wear loose fitting pants and undergarments
Only wash your genital region with water
Avoid sexual intercourse, symptoms may get worse and can spread to your partner
Cut out foods that are high in sugar and yeast
Yogurt can help reduce the burning and itching sensation, but is not a cure-all
You may need to see a doctor if you think you might have Candidiasis, Thrush in men. The infection can be simply diagnosed by the doctor taking a swab test. If a doctor is seen, your sexual partner may also need to be present for treatment so the fungal infection does not spread. If both partners are not treated, the fungal infection may keep passing between the two people making it very difficult to eliminate.