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Can you get Anal Yeast Infections?

Men don't look away this is for everyone. Yeast infections are very common in men and women. The average yeast infection in women is due to too much moisture in the vaginal area causing yeast to multiply out of control.

The acidity levels in the vagina even when returned to normal, cannot always combat a yeast infection. Men can get yeast infections from spermicidal lubricant on condoms. Sexual contact with a man or woman who has a yeast infection is the most common cause. Yeast infections can be transmitted sexually.

How people get an anal yeast infection

Anal Yeast

The anal area is just as vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections as the rest of the body. Just as a condom containing spermicidal lubricant can give a woman a yeast infection, anal sex on a man can give him an anal yeast infection. This can happen in women as well and is not something that only happens to homosexual couples, anyone who engages in protected or unprotected intercourse is at risk. Yeast infections are also passed through anal intercourse if a male or female has a yeast infection and is not using protection. Just as there is yeast in the vagina and penis, it can also be present in the anus. Showering after intercourse may reduce the risk of a person becoming infected with an anal yeast infection.

What are the Symptoms?

Anal itching is the first symptom of an anal yeast infection, this may not be as apparent because sweat down in the anal area can also cause itching. Redness due to inflammation may also be apparent. A person who has an anal yeast infection may notice purple patches of small blisters.
The anus may feel slightly rough as the skin may be peeling or scaly. Anal yeast infections are commonly seen in those who have a lot of moisture in the anal area, some anal lubricants can almost provide yeast with food if there is any scent or sugar based product in them.

Sperm if ejaculated into the anal canal, may cause a yeast infection in the anus, as sperm is known to have some type of yeast property in it. Some women get a vaginal yeast infection from sperm.

Who is at risk for contracting an anal yeast infection?

Those who engage in anal sex using lubricants, no condoms or condoms with spermicidal lubricant on them are more likely to get a yeast infection of the anus. Those who have many partners are likely to contract an anal yeast infection as they are considered a sexually transmitted infection. The most common way to get a yeast infection is through intercourse. As long as the genitals and anal area are washed with soap and water after foreplay or intercourse the possibility of catching an anal yeast infection from someone is lowered.

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