Also called as Candidiasis, yeast infection is usually caused by the Candida Albicans fungus although the condition can also be caused by other forms of Candida as well. In sharp contrast to the popular notion that yeast infections attack only women, even men are prone to yeast infections. In men, yeast infections are known to occur in and around the genital areas, armpits, skin folds, nailbeds and even the tongue.
In most cases, the infection would cause mild symptoms like odor, itching and irritability. Severe cases of yeast infection though can lead to more serious symptoms like extreme pain, inflammation, painful urination and even urinary incontinence.
Different Treatment Options For Yeast Infections
The sooner a yeast infection is treated the better! Yeast infections are known to be recurrent and can be an embarrassing problem to deal with. It is considered best to tackle the issue as and when the initial symptoms start occurring. Given below are some of the best known treatment options for yeast infections in men.
Standard Medications For Yeast Infections
There are several standard medications available in the market for yeast infections. Usually available in the form of pills, lotions, creams or lozenges, some of these medications can be availed over the counter at drugstores while others would need a doctor’s prescription. Accordingly, some of the more well known medications available for yeast infections include:
Topical creams like Clotrimazole and Miconazole are often recommended for yeast infections. They can be obtained over the counter in drug stores and are considered very effective in treating mild-severe cases of yeast infections.It is considered imperative to follow the instructions in the leaflet religiously. Individuals opting for the medication are also asked to complete the entire course instead of stopping midway (as soon as the symptoms start disappearing).
Doing so would cause the infection to recur. Applying the cream above the affected area before the onset of an infection can hinder the growth of the Candida Albicans fungi to a great extent, thereby stopping the infection before it could become serious.
These medications are available with a doctor’s prescription and are usually recommended for the treatment of external yeast infections like thrush. The medications are also prescribed for systematic infections that are more serious. Common examples of polyene anti-fungals used for yeast infections include amphotericin B and nystatin etc.
The elements in these drugs attach themselves to the wall of the yeast cells. With time, they create holes in the wall, thereby causing the fungi to leak out of the growth and die.
These drugs aim at blocking an element called ergosterol which is considered necessary for the yeast wall to survive. When ergosterol is blocked, the wall starts to leak and would eventually die.
The body would then get rid of the dead fungi naturally. Common examples of anti-fungal drugs used to treat yeast infections include miconazole, clortimazole, butoconazole, tioconazole and fluconazole etc.
Herbal Treatment Options For Yeast Infections
Recurrent yeast infections can also be treated with a variety of herbal remedies that are as effective as standard medications. Unlike medications, herbal remedies do not cause any harmful side effects to the body as well. The only downside to using them is that it would take some time to treat the infection. The chances of the infection recurring after some time are also high.
Given below are some of the most common natural remedies for yeast infections in men and women alike.
Garlic contains potent anti-fungal properties that help deal with all kinds of yeast infections. They can either be used topically or taken internally as in the form of capsules or liquids. Rubbing some garlic paste over the infected area can bring down the symptoms of the infection to a great extent in addition to killing the fungi causing the condition.
Swallowing a clove of garlic with water can also help treat yeast infections from within the body. Adding a few cloves of garlic to the dishes while cooking can also keep recurrent yeast infections at bay. Garlic supplements can also be taken orally on a regular basis to treat yeast infections and prevent recurrences.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is also considered as a very effective natural remedy for yeast infections. It can be used externally and internally as well. It is considered imperative to use natural, unprocessed vinegar that would kill the yeast fungi instead of feeding it. Topical applications involve applying some diluted apple cider vinegar directly over the infected area or taking bath in a mixture of warm water and diluted apple cider vinegar.
Oil Of Oregano
Usually recommended for internal use, Oil of Oregano contains potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that would help in treating recurrent yeast infections to a great extent.
Taken as an oral supplement daily, the herb can kill the yeast fungi from within the body quickly and effectively. A product with high carvacrol levels is recommended as this would be the main ingredient in fighting off the infection.
Natural Remedies For The Treatment Of Yeast Infections
Recurrent yeast infections can also be treated with certain natural remedies and preventive measures. Here are a few good examples.
Water is known as a miracle cure for any kind of illness or infection, including recurrent yeast infections.
In addition to preventing the growth of the fungi that causes the yeast infection, drinking plenty of water every day can eradicate unwanted impurities and toxins (which could significantly contribute to a yeast infection) from the body, thereby creating an unfavorable environment for the yeast fungi to grow.
Plain yogurt happens to be another very effective natural remedy for yeast infections. Loaded with plenty of healthy bacteria, plain, unsweetened yogurt can help fight off yeast infections both from within the body and from outside.The good bacteria present in plain yogurt helps the stomach to digest food faster, thereby preventing congestions that could potentially lead to yeast infections.
Having some plain yogurt before and after meals can therefore, keep recurrent yeast infections at bay. Applying some yogurt over the infected area can also prove beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of the infection. It is considered wise to wipe off the yogurt after a stipulated time period as prolonged exposure to air could cause it to aggravate irritation in the infected area.
Washing and drying the infected area regularly would prevent yeast infections from spreading. The yeast fungi thrive in moist areas. Therefore, keeping the body dry at all times is considered very essential in order to treat yeast infections.
Avoiding harsh soaps and cleansers to clean the infected area is considered wise as the ingredients in these products could aggravate the infection. It is also considered imperative to wipe the genital area from front to back after bathing or washing as the yeast fungi would otherwise find it easier to travel from the anus to the genital region.
Tight or ill fitting clothes can cause excessive sweating which in turn can cause the fungi to multiply and spread. Opting for cotton clothes over synthetic fabrics like nylon can keep the infected areas airy and dry. Changing wet clothes immediately (especially wet underwear) is considered very imperative in treating yeast infections and preventing recurrences.