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DuhCow
01-17-2006, 02:23 AM
can men theoretically develop yeast infections on their own and/or catch them from their sexual partners? where would they get them? [under the foreskin? under the sack? in the rectum?] :confused:

engineer_comp_geek
01-17-2006, 02:39 AM
Been there, done that. Yes it is possible. And not very pleasant, I might add.

Got mine from Mrs Geek. It's rare, but it happens.

More info: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/male-yeast-infection/HO00172

Amazon Floozy Goddess
01-17-2006, 11:37 AM
Yep, they can. It would manifest in the urethra. Symptoms would include itchiness and redness around the glans, burning sensation during urination, and a thick whitish discharge.

Excalibre
01-17-2006, 01:16 PM
Personal experience here, so TMI and whatnot.

When I was maybe twelve or so, I was on antibiotics (for an infection a cat gave me) and I got a yeast infection on my penis. I'm uncircumcised; I can only assume that the glans on an uncircumcised penis has its own little ecosystem like a vagina does. (Women often get yeast infections when they're on antibiotics.) It was mostly just red and inflamed and quite painful; I used over the counter yeast infection cream to treat it.

TheBoneyKingofNowhere
01-17-2006, 01:32 PM
It's called smegma, is it not? Or perhaps the high school joke reference database in my brain is short-circuiting.

Anaamika
01-17-2006, 01:43 PM
It's called smegma, is it not? Or perhaps the high school joke reference database in my brain is short-circuiting.
I thought about saying it, but refrained from it, in the hopes someone else would. :) Yes, that is what I heard, too.

yanceylebeef
01-17-2006, 01:48 PM
Amazon Floozy Goddess hit the nail right on the uh..head, as it were. I had one in High School, and it scared the hell out of me. Now I wear a condom all the time. Got one on now as a matter of fact.

gigi
01-17-2006, 01:53 PM
It's called smegma, is it not? Or perhaps the high school joke reference database in my brain is short-circuiting.
No, smegma is more about sebaceous secretions that could happen anytime (for lubrication). The yeast infection discharge is not the same.

yBeayf
01-17-2006, 06:09 PM
No, smegma is more about sebaceous secretions that could happen anytime (for lubrication).
And, FTR, smegma is good for you. It keeps all the skin and mucus membranes there moist and happy, and also has bactericidal effects.

Excalibre
01-17-2006, 06:10 PM
And, FTR, smegma is good for you. It keeps all the skin and mucus membranes there moist and happy, and also has bactericidal effects.
Eww.

yBeayf
01-17-2006, 06:23 PM
Eww.
Better than having the glans and foreskin dry, chapped, and constantly beset by opportunistic infections.

Qadgop the Mercotan
01-17-2006, 07:30 PM
It's not rare, it's pretty common. Candidal balanitis is something I treat about 4 or 5 times a month in my patient population. And generally it doesn't involve the urethra (much), just a sore glans, along with redness and irritation just proximal to the glans.

Diabetic men get it more often than non-diabetic men.

Note that not all balanitis is caused by yeast (candida). Trichomonas can cause it, as can syphilis, gardnerella, HPV, strep, chemical irritants, and even heart failure.

Excalibre
01-17-2006, 07:55 PM
It's not rare, it's pretty common. Candidal balanitis is something I treat about 4 or 5 times a month in my patient population. And generally it doesn't involve the urethra (much), just a sore glans, along with redness and irritation just proximal to the glans.

Diabetic men get it more often than non-diabetic men.

Note that not all balanitis is caused by yeast (candida). Trichomonas can cause it, as can syphilis, gardnerella, HPV, strep, chemical irritants, and even heart failure.
So is it more common in uncircumcised men?

Qadgop the Mercotan
01-17-2006, 08:40 PM
So is it more common in uncircumcised men?
I've seen it more in uncircumcised guys, but any guy who'll do a 'turtle' when flaccid, circumcised or no, would be at higher risk. Warm, dark, moist areas are the most ripe ones for such infections as candidal balanitis.

Philster
01-17-2006, 08:45 PM
Be careful when using antibiotics. They are indircriminate killers and kill off freindly and foe bacteria. Everything from yeast infections to digestive disorders can arise because friendly essential bacteria are affected by antibiotics as well.

Qadgop the Mercotan
01-17-2006, 09:14 PM
Be careful when using antibiotics. What do you mean? How should one be careful?

Antibiotics have many different potential interactions and side-effects, and some things that are commonly attributed to antibiotics aren't really associated with most of them either. What are you recommending?

Antigen
01-17-2006, 09:16 PM
smegma is good for you
I just don't know what to do with that. I'd take it for a sig line, but I'm too chicken.

Saint Cad
01-17-2006, 11:22 PM
Personal experience here, so TMI and whatnot.

When I was maybe twelve or so, I was on antibiotics (for an infection a cat gave me) and I got a yeast infection on my penis.

In the name of all that is holy, tell me you did not get the yeast infection from the cat too.

dogbutler
01-17-2006, 11:31 PM
In the name of all that is holy, tell me you did not get the yeast infection from the cat too.
Maybe (http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a2_195a.html)

Excalibre
01-17-2006, 11:51 PM
In the name of all that is holy, tell me you did not get the yeast infection from the cat too.
:eek: What? No. I got it from being on antibiotics, or at least that's my assumption. Makes sense that Candidal balanitis (vocab word for the day, courtesy of our beloved Qadgop) might come from antibiotic use, just as women get Candida in their hoohoo-dillies from antibiotics.

The cat just gave me a big scratch on my arm. It was my grandmother's cat; the thing was a psycho (the cat; my grandmother is just fine, thanks.)

Amazon Floozy Goddess
01-17-2006, 11:57 PM
And, FTR, smegma is good for you. It keeps all the skin and mucus membranes there moist and happy, and also has bactericidal effects.

"Smegma™ - Helping and disgusting people for over 50 years"

Amazon Floozy Goddess
01-17-2006, 11:59 PM
BTW, eating yogurt with active culture may help ward of yeast infections if you are prone to them.

yBeayf
01-18-2006, 12:17 AM
Or you could just stick your wang in a tub of Yoplait.

Valgard
01-18-2006, 01:56 AM
Or you could just stick your wang in a tub of Yoplait.

Heck of a way to stir your yogurt.

"Yoplait - Now available in Smeg-On-The-Bottom flavor!"

surlyprince
01-18-2006, 03:10 AM
Yes men can get yeast infections. Anywhere warm and moist. I would not recommend.

A word to the wise, ALWAYS use a fresh towel after a shower.

Doctor Jackson
01-18-2006, 09:35 AM
Yes men can get yeast infections.

Just another slipppery rung on the corporate ladder, I suppose.

Amazon Floozy Goddess
01-18-2006, 09:47 AM
Yes men can get yeast infections. Anywhere warm and moist. I would not recommend.

A word to the wise, ALWAYS use a fresh towel after a shower.
Guess we know why you're surly. :D

Philster
01-18-2006, 09:58 AM
What do you mean? How should one be careful?

Antibiotics have many different potential interactions and side-effects, and some things that are commonly attributed to antibiotics aren't really associated with most of them either. What are you recommending?

Apologies - I know my post was lame fro GQ on thr SDMB. My post was incomplete, and was suppossed to have a link about overuse of antibiotics and the typical side effects. Said link is now sitting in my fave folder at home, not here at the office.

There is a healthy debate to be had about when to use antibiotics and for how long. Maybe I am begging the question by jumping in and assuming we are in agreement that antibiotic use is associated with yeast infections. The link was to add a list of possible other ailments.

My bad - carry on.

Anaamika
01-18-2006, 10:13 AM
Yes men can get yeast infections. Anywhere warm and moist. I would not recommend.

A word to the wise, ALWAYS use a fresh towel after a shower.
Seriously, you throw your towel in the laundry every day? So - I'm assuming you shower daily - you go through seven towels a week?

The Great Sun Jester
01-18-2006, 11:55 AM
Seriously, you throw your towel in the laundry every day? So - I'm assuming you shower daily - you go through seven towels a week?
Uh...yeah? Nice and clean and dry becomes nice and clean and moist and warm and sits in the dark for the rest of the day. That's not tumeric growing on your towel, baby!

And FTR, not everyone uses a towel. Some of us prefer to "air dry."

crazyjoe
01-18-2006, 12:14 PM
Yeah, I used to do that, too...use 7 towels a week.

Then I got married. The laundry duties fell to my wife (and please, no jokes...we split chores, but she gets laundry because I hate it and I get grocery shopping because she hates it).

Washing 14 towels a week was really not her thing. So we let the towels hang dry. In the bathroom. They're fine by the next morning, and we've never had a problem from them. Or at least I haven't.

This wasn't the way I was raised. Lord knows how my mother managed to stand washing 28 towels a week (4 people x 7 showers per week) while my brother and I were young...but I'll certainyl not demand (or even suggest) it to my wife.

festiva76
01-18-2006, 12:35 PM
IMHO, a towel can be used for 3-4 days, on average, before an odor developes. I do the laundry duty in our household, and towels take up alot of space in the washer. You do what you have to do.

Excalibre
01-18-2006, 01:24 PM
IMHO, a towel can be used for 3-4 days, on average, before an odor developes. I do the laundry duty in our household, and towels take up alot of space in the washer. You do what you have to do.
I keep using a towel till it seems noticeably dirty. That's a lot longer than 3-4 days. But I do make sure they dry well by hanging them outside the bathroom (which is obviously one of the damper parts of the house) - maybe that odor is mildew from the towels staying too moist.

Laundering towels is a bitch because you can't fit that many in a load. So I don't wash mine any more than necessary.

Cervaise
01-18-2006, 02:37 PM
That's a lot longer than 3-4 days.If you wait even longer, you don't have to hang them, you can dry them by standing them up in the corner.

festiva76
01-18-2006, 04:10 PM
But I do make sure they dry well by hanging them outside the bathroom (which is obviously one of the damper parts of the house) - maybe that odor is mildew from the towels staying too moist.

I just make sure my towels are spread out as good as possible when they're hung on the towel rack. I guess it does get mildewy (sp.) quickly being right beside the shower. Of course, it's the wife that takes the steaming hot showers. I prefer mine just barely warm. I'm sure she causes most of the mildew issue.

Excalibre
01-18-2006, 04:51 PM
If you wait even longer, you don't have to hang them, you can dry them by standing them up in the corner.
:) Never been an issue for me.


I just make sure my towels are spread out as good as possible when they're hung on the towel rack. I guess it does get mildewy (sp.) quickly being right beside the shower. Of course, it's the wife that takes the steaming hot showers. I prefer mine just barely warm. I'm sure she causes most of the mildew issue.
Ahh, women. Can't live with 'em.

festiva76
01-19-2006, 01:17 PM
Ahh, women. Can't live with 'em.

Yeah, but it's sometimes nice, despite the anal cleaning issues she seems to have, she <i>is</i> the mother of my beautiful daughter, so I can't really complain. Let's consider this thread officially closed, shall we, before us guys get into some trouble with out SO's. Thanks, guys, for a good laugh.