Candida balanoposthitis commonly known as Candida Balanitis is a genital fungal infection in male similar to yeast infection in female caused due to C. Albicans Malassezia and dermatophytic fungi. Some other common infections confused with Candida are Chlamydia, herpes simplex and gonorrhea.
Balanitis currently being the most growing sexually transmitted disease, this infection happens to most men who are not circumcised, as well as boys aged less than 4 years. Although fungal infection is not considered to be a sexually transmitting disease, a male can sometimes get these fungi from an infected partner during intercourse. Candida balanitis is not a deadly disease unlike AIDS, but to some it can happen from time to time and then completely clear by itself when changes are made to the diet and personal hygiene.
Although genital Candida yeast infections are more experienced by women, men do also encounter overgrowths of the Candida fungi within their genitals as well. And if you or your partner have signs of Candida yeast infection, then it would be advisable to test both partners, as a yeast infection could also be contracted to a partner during intercourse.
Candida Balanitis occurs in 2.5% of boys under the age of four and 2 % of men who are not circumcised. This infection happens due to poor hygiene and is usually common in diabetic patients. When the penis glans is not cleansed properly, a thick whitish liquid is formed under the foreskin of the penis causing irritation and itchiness. A person having any of the above symptoms should consult a physician as these symptoms are similar in the case of other diseases mentioned above, but Candida Balanitis can be more painful and discomforting over time if left untreated.
For uncircumcised male the foreskin of penis covers the glans for a long time keeping it warm and dark causing yeast to grow faster in moist condition.
Treatment of Candida Balanitis:
Most people with Candida Balanitis go to their doctor to have prescribed cream or ointment or oral medicine. An oral dose of fluconazole is adequate to keep this infection at bay for a while, but one must improve their personal hygiene and make changes to their diet, if they want to have a better chance of preventing the infection returning again in the future. For an inflamed glans, penile antifungal gels and corticosteroid creams are sufficient. Oral treatments are more effective for a diabetic person.
Some other Conventional Ways for Treating Candida Balanitis:
Food items with anti-fungal properties:
- Organic coconut oil
- Cinnamon oil
- Potassium sorbate
- Natural yogurt
- Apple cider vinegar
Cleansing Candida Balanitis Treatments:
- Use of lukewarm water to clean the glans penis and pat dry with soft towel.
- Salt water bath treatments. Salt kills the yeast and restrict further growth.
- Using of ointment or cream instead of soap.
Preventing Candida Balanitis from Returning:
- A healthy diet is necessary. Having foods rich with enzymes and vitamins such as spinach and organic food can reduce the Candida cells. Avoiding food containing sugar and carbohydrates is necessary. A person having this infection should avoid drinking beer and alcohol for as long as they have the infection.
- Stress is a very important issue. A stressed mind adversely affects the genitalia of a man or woman. Stress causes loss of appetite, which adversely helps in the growth of yeast.
- And lastly positive thinking is the key to repel any such yeast infection in genitalia. Good thoughts help you focus on the job and also contribute to a healthy mind and body. This helps in restricting the growth of yeast.
In a research study to compare efficacy and safety for oral medication, 157 men with Candida Balanitis were randomly given a dose of 150 mg Fluconazole topically for 7 days. The results were very satisfying as it eradicated Candida in 78% men using Fluconazole. At the same time 157 other men were treated with Clotrimazole cream and the result came out to be 83% successful rate. (see Figure 1 below)
It was also found that 12 out of 15 men who had suffered from Candida Balanitis preferred oral medication. Mycological eradication was successful among 24 out of 36 patients and 25 out of 33 patients treated in two groups.
Thus, it must be concluded that a 150 mg oral dose is more effective than treatment done with cream. I must also mention that these medications should be taken as per your doctor’s advice to eradicate the infection properly and avoid recurrence. However, these results also suggest that 22% of patience’s that went on a course of Fluconazole, and 17% on Clotrimazole were not successful in treating their Candida Balanitis. So, it recommended that one should follow an anti-Candida diet, and try some natural remedies to stand a better chance of fully curing and preventing the Candida Balanitis from coming back again in the future. Learn more about: Natural Remedies for Candida Here!
Klebsiella Pneumonia Presenting With Candida Balanitis – The Internet Journal of Dermatology – 2010 by Y Gofman, M Hernandez, T Weaver, J Mendez
Fluconazole and Clotrimazole in patients with Candida Balanitis. – Genitourin Medicine Journal – 1996 – by A Stary, J Soeltz-Szoets, C Ziegler, G R Kinghorn, R B Roy