Also called as candida, yeast infection is a fungal infection that occurs in the genital regions or other moist areas of the body. And although the condition is fairly common in women, instances of men contracting the infection are also known.
How Does Yeast Infection Occur In Men?
There are two primary ways in which men can contract a yeast infection. Prolonged use of antibiotics can in certain cases trigger the infection while in other cases; sexual contact with an infected female can cause the infection to spread to the male partner.
Symptoms Of Yeast Infection In Men
Yeast infection is a bit difficult to diagnose in men when compared to women and in most cases, is mistaken for other conditions. Nevertheless, some of the more common symptoms of yeast infection in men would include bad breath, foul body odor, constipation, bloating, intestinal gas, diarrhea, indigestion, mood swings, fatigue, concentration issues, itchy/flaky skin, jock itch, prostate issues, athletes’ feet and sexual dysfunction etc.
How To Prevent Yeast Infection
Much of the treatment for yeast infection lies in understanding how to prevent the issue in the first place. In addition to keeping you safe from the condition, this could prevent recurring infections at a later stage as well.
Turn Down Sex
If you feel your partner may have yeast infection, refrain from having sex with him/her. The same rule applies if you have the infection and she doesn’t. In most cases, both partners would unknowingly contract the infection and so would need to be treated for the condition simultaneously. So in case either of you or both of you have yeast infection, stop having sex with each other or anybody else for that matter until you have the issue treated.
Keep Moist Areas Dry
Yeast infection is more prone to occur in areas that are sweaty and moist. These areas act as potential breeding grounds for bacteria that thrive under the moist conditions. So make sure to keep your genitals, underarms and all other moist areas of the body dry. Use antiperspirant deodorants or powders to keep these areas moist (and bacteria) free for longer periods.
How To Treat A Yeast Infection
Cleanse The Colon
If you suspect you have a yeast infection, do a colon cleanse at once. A colon cleanse would help your body get rid of any toxins (including the yeast itself) that could be causing the infection. A colon cleanse would also reduce any acidity (active breeding ground for yeast) present in the body, thereby curbing the spread of infection.
Make it a point to refrain from eating foods that contain yeast while cleansing your colon. Typical foods you need to stay away from include eggs, wheat, grains, soy, fructose and dairy products etc.
Herbal And Anti Fungal Remedies
A recurring yeast infection can be effectively take care of using herbal, anti fungal remedies. The best example in this case would be cold, organic coconut oil or extra virgin coconut oil which help to curb the infection and take care of the redness, odor and flaky skin that accompany the condition. The remedy is available in the form of pills or tonics and can be taken orally as well.
Organic oregano oil which contains high amounts of carvacrol can effectively treat yeast infection in men. In addition to killing the bacteria that cause the infection, Oregano oil would successfully prevent any recurrences.Other herbal, anti fungal remedies that can effectively take care of recurring yeast infections in men include cinnamon oil, tea tree oil and GenetianViolet.
Make Use Of Garlic
Garlic is considered to be one of the best natural medications for many illnesses and infections, including candida. There are many ways in which you can use garlic to treat a yeast infection. You can eat it raw as soon as you notice the initial signs of an impending infection.
If you don’t like the taste of raw garlic or worry about how it would affect your breath, you can opt for garlic pills. Alternatively, you can grind garlic to form a paste, strain it and apply the resultant juice over the infected regions for relief. Adding a few drops of organic coconut, tea tree or cinnamon oil would also provide instant relief from the redness and itchiness in addition to curbing the infection.
Take a bath in hot water with a few drops of vinegar added to the bath. Make sure that the infected areas are completely immersed in water. Remain in the bath for about 15 minutes before rinsing your body with cold water.
Heat would kill the bacteria causing the infection while the vinegar would neutralize acidity and restore the pH balance of the body, thereby curbing the infection and preventing recurrences.
Add Yogurt To Your Diet
While you need to cut down on foods that contain yeast during this period, you can opt to include certain foods that can fight off the infection. For instance, yogurt is a good option for men trying to treat yeast infections naturally.
Yogurt contains lactobacillus acidophilus, a product that helps to stimulate the healthy bacteria in the body to fight off the infection causing bacteria. As an effective alternative to yogurt, you can opt for acidophilus pills that act the same way as the lactobacillus acidophilus present in yogurt and yogurt products do.
Medications To Treat Yeast Infection In Men
Yeast infections in men can be effectively taken care of by prescription drugs like Nizoral and Diflucan. Both these drugs need to be taken under the careful guidance of a qualified health car professional only.
Certain over the counter products are also available for treating yeast infection in men. Medications like monistat healing cream, fluconazole, canesten cream and clotrimazole can help ward off the infection and prevent recurrences in men.
If you can’t seem to get hold of any of these medications, you can always opt for products that are used to treat yeast infection in women. If however, these products do not have any effect on the infection whatsoever, you would need to consult a doctor for further treatment. A professional’s advise is also recommended if the infection worsens and the pain, itchiness, redness recur frequently.