Anal Yeast Infection:Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention
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Think you have an anal yeast infection? Don't despair - you can treat and get rid of that rectal infection and itching once and for all.
First we'll discuss the symptoms and who is at risk of getting infections. Then onto the important info - how to treat, cure and prevent anal infections from recurring. Whether with medication or not.
So let's get on with it.
A rectal yeast infection is essentially caused by the overgrowth of Candida yeast (Candida albicans) in the gastrointestinal tract or around the anus. It can affect both men and women.
Candida yeast is quite often present in many areas around the body – the gut, the vagina, the mouth, the rectum, on the skin etc. - so it is quite normal for it also to be present in the rectum and around the anus.
The yeast loves warm, dark, moist places which provide it with a comfortable environment. However, it only causes problems when it multiplies rapidly, causing a yeast infection.
For more detail on yeast infections in general see our page on yeast infections basics.
Who is at Risk of Anal Yeast Infections?
As, I have said, both men and women can get this type of anal infection but some are more at risk than others:
Symptoms of a Rectal Yeast Infection
A yeast infection in the rectum area will need treating to get rid of it, so here are the main symptoms to look out for:
Due to the fact that these symptoms are also common to other anal conditions, if you have never had an anal yeast infection before, you should visit your doctor to make sure you have the correct diagnosis.
Anal Infections Treatment
Treating these type of yeast infections effectively can be quite difficult and take awhile because of the presence of fecal matter.
Your doctor will probably prescribe a cream, like Monostat, with active antifungal ingredients to kill off the yeast.
Probiotics can also help by building up the body's supply of “friendly” bacteria which keep the Candida yeast under control.
Taking the steps below to prevent anal infections from recurring will also help relieve some of the discomfort.
For immediate relief you can apply witch hazel to the affected area with a cotton ball. It is soothing, mild and will provide temporary relief.
Preventing Anal Yeast Infections
These rectal infections are no fun and are difficult to treat, so reduce the risk of developing another by:
You will need to inform your partner that you have an infection as they may also need treatment and you should avoid any anal sexual activity until the infection has gone. Remember, don't ignore anal itching or discomfort – take steps to get rid of an anal yeast infection and help prevent it from recurring.
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