Can men get yeast infection? Is there such a thing as male yeast infection? The answer is "yes". Most definitely! Most people associate candida with women but as long as you believe in this myth you will go about untreated until the infection has spread throughout your body and controls your health and well-being.
Your body, including the skin, gut and genital areas, contains yeast and bacteria. The bacteria can be either good (beneficial) or bad. However, in a healthy individual, there is a fine balance between the yeast, beneficial bacteria and bad bacteria. There are several factors that can disturb this balance:
Just as women can get vaginal candida in which there is itchiness, swelling, painful urination and a vaginal discharge men can get genital symptoms including redness and itchiness of the penis, painful and burning sensations during urination. There may be a penile discharge. Sometimes, though, you may not realize that you have male candida because your symptoms may not be in the genital area where most people believe the symptoms should be. For example, you may get headaches, rashes anywhere on the body, athlete's foot, nail infections, urinary tract infections, chronic fatigue, constipation, irritability, feeling sluggish, mood swings, depression, decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, oral thrush, blurred vision and hair loss (symptoms that affect both men and women). You may also feel an increased urgency to urinate and find yourself urinating frequently.
Sometimes the symptoms don't occur in the genital areas so only a test by your doctor will confirm the existence of a yeast infection. The symptoms can occur in other diseases and it it is best to be sure you are treating the correct disease.
The treatment for male candida is the same as that for women apart from those that require a vaginal applicator:
In the long term, natural treatments are the best because dietary changes and herb intake, provided they are maintained, can completely eliminate the candida. With pharmaceutical antifungal treatments the candida can recur again and again.
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