Yeast infection is a condition that occurs when a fungus called Candida grows on the skin or inside the body. It stays on the skin/body aided by warmth and moisture and causes the infection. Though yeast infection is commonly associated with women, even men do get it. Here is information about the types, causes, symptoms, and natural and prescription treatments of yeast infection in men.
Can men get yeast infection? Well, yes they can, and here’s all the information you need to know: There are three types of yeast infection men can get.
Different Types Of Male Yeast Infections
A. Balanitis or Penile Yeast Infection
Balanitis is inflammation of the penis’s head and foreskin. The symptoms of Balanitis can be redness of the penis or its foreskin, rashes on the penis’s head, pain and itchiness in the penis or in its foreskin, or a foul-smelling discharge.
Causes of Balanitis
Men think that that they get Balanitis after having unprotected sex with females having a yeast infection, but it’s not the only reason. Here’s what causes Balanitis:
1. Inferior hygiene practiced by uncircumcised men
2. Medical conditions such as reactive arthritis
3. Infection from a female partner
4. Using soaps that are very harsh on the skin
5. Neglecting to rinse soap after a bath
6. Uncontrolled diabetes
Balanitis that is caused by bacteria is treated with antibiotics (pills or cream). Balanitis caused in conjunction with skin diseases is treated with steroid creams. Severe cases of Balanitis may require circumcision.
B. Leaky Gut Syndrome or Intestinal Permeability
All of us have candida yeast growing in our gut. When there’s an overgrowth of candida, it allows for acidic and harmful microorganisms into the gut (that’s why it gets the name Leaky Gut). Leaky Gut, which is another type, causes bloating, food allergies and other havoc. If left untreated, it can even cause serious complications like multiple sclerosis, eczema, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, IBS, and more.
Leaky Gut Symptoms
2. Gas build-up and stomach cramps after eating
3. Alternating episodes of constipation and diarrhea
4. General irritability and headaches
5. Food allergy
6. Lack of focus
Leaky Gut Causes
1. Antibiotics, which eliminate the good bacteria that controls candida growth
2. Prescription corticosteroids
3. Hormone replacement therapy
4. Excessive consumption of refined carbohydrates or processed foods
5. Consuming alcohol or caffeine in excess
Leaky Gut Treatment
Leaky Gut Syndrome is treated by a combination of antacids, OTC medicines, supplements that infuse the friendly acidophilus bacteria, immune system-enhancing supplements (Ginseng for example) and NSAIDs. You also must change your diet and lifestyle.
C. Candidemia or Fungemia
Candidemia is the third and the deadliest type among them all. It can affect any organ in the body, including the brain, and even result in death. The bad news is that candidemia cannot be easily diagnosed because though blood tests can detect bacteria, they are not very efficient in discovering yeast as yet.
Candidemia typically happens to people whose immune systems are compromised by deadly medical conditions like AIDS and cancer or by excessive medication. People who are on IV catheters for a prolonged period are at risk as well. Patients who take broad-spectrum antibiotics frequently and newborns with birth-related problems are highly vulnerable as well.
Patients on dialysis or patients with uncontrolled diabetes or patients who have had multiple abdominal operations are at grave risk too. Chronic steroid users fall in the high-risk category.
1. All blood poisoning symptoms like high fever, rapid heartbeats, quickened breathing, chills, body aches and an enhanced white blood cell count are valid for candidemia.
2. Flu symptoms that may or may not be accompanied by pain, fatigue or mental disorders.
3. Compromised organ function
There is no home remedy for candidemia – you have to go to the hospital. The doctor will evaluate your condition based on his judgment. He will administer amphotericin B and fluconazole via an IV – these are the two medicines for the condition. He will also administer nutrients through an IV. In addition, he will administer medicine to keep your blood pressure normal.
If you want to keep candidemia at bay, adopt a healthy lifestyle, get your 8 hours of sleep, don’t stress and manage your chronic medical conditions well.
Now that you are better informed, you know what to do.