Yeast infections are commonly thought to be only a women’s health issue, but the yeast infection known as thrush — caused by the Candida albicans fungus — can affect men, too. Thrush develops in your mouth, throat, skin, and genitals.

You will want to get rid of your yeast infection as quickly as possible, and a home remedy may be a good option.

Both men and women typically have a healthy level of Candida yeast in their body. However, when the yeast builds up, it can cause a variety of symptoms.

While many men don’t experience severe or noticeable symptoms of a yeast infection of their genitalia, some might experience symptoms such as:

A yeast infection can lead to balanitis. Symptoms of balanitis include:

  • itching and redness on the penis
  • thick white substance collecting in skin folds
  • shiny, white skin
  • painful penis and foreskin

You may be more at risk of developing balanitis from a yeast infection if you are:

It’s not as common for men to be affected with yeast infections, however it does happen. Certain foods, including beer, breads, and some dairy products, can promote higher levels of yeast growth, which may result in a yeast infection.

The main cause of male yeast infection is sexual contact. Having unprotected sex with a woman who has a yeast infection may result in the infection being passed to you. While not considered a sexually transmitted infection, yeast infections can be transferred from person to person. It’s not considered an STI due to the low percentage of yeast infections being transferred this way.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has many healing properties. Studies have shown that tea tree oil provides antibacterial, antiprotozoal, antifungal, and antiviral benefits. Specifically, the antifungal properties serve to treat yeast infections when applied on and around the penis head. Tea tree oil is sold in many strengths. If you buy pure tea tree oil, dilute it in olive oil.

Yogurt

Yogurt is a natural probiotic. Adding yogurt to your diet will promote positive bacteria growth, which will combat infections such as candida or thrush. You can also apply plain yogurt directly to the area that is affected. Be sure to purchase yogurt with live bacteria.

Garlic

Garlic is known to have antifungal and antibacterial uses. A study comparing clotrimazole (a common cream for yeast infection) to a cream made of thyme and garlic found that the thyme and garlic had reduced side effects with the same healing capabilities. Adding garlic to your diet has many health benefits.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar operates as an antifungal against the Candida species of yeast. It can be applied to the area topically. The smell may bother you at first, but the vinegar smell evaporates as time passes. If it burns, mix with a little water before applying.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is promoted by natural healers as having many health-related uses such as relieving constipation, repairing hair, and moisturizing skin. A 2007 study showed that coconut oil was highly effective against Candida albicans.

While less common than vaginal yeast infections, male yeast infections can be equally as uncomfortable. If you feel that you have a yeast infection, consult with your doctor about treatment options including the natural remedies above. If your sexual partner also has symptoms, have them see their doctor and only have protected sexual intercourse until both of you have a clean bill of health.