Understanding Male Yeast Infections
Yeast infections seems to be thought of as primarily as a “women’s complaint”. A male patient who came into our clinic for treatment with his yeast infection had consulted a medical doctor, only to be told that “only women get yeast infections”. Male yeast infections are in fact quite widelspread and commonly misunderstood. There are natural treatment options for men who experience yeast infections, effective solutions exist without having to resort to pharmaceutical drugs such as antibiotics which only produce unwanted side effects.
In my experience, it is easier for women to discover that they have a yeast infection, much more easily in fact than men. But why is this? It is because women are happier to visit their doctor when their health starts to deteriorate much more quickly than a male will. Many guys seem to think they are literally bullet proof and continue on feeling lousy until they experience major health problems.
Many men unfortunately will go through their lives with gas, burping, diarrhoea or constipation, itchy feet or groin, and a host of other symptoms and think nothing of it. This makes a candida or fungal infection most difficult to detect and treat since men will often put up with more annoying symptoms than many women would generally be inclined to do. Once a woman develops a vaginal discharge, she knows generally that things are probably amiss and visits her doctor. Many men on the other hand may have absolutely no idea they may have a male yeast infection until it creates a health concern potentially in several other areas of their body, like their digestive system, their immune system and a yeast infection can even affect the nervous system.
In most cases, it will be the male’s partner who alerts him to the fact that something is “not quite right” in his private department, because the chances are that she has an infection too. Her doctor, if he does correctly diagnose a yeast infection, will want to treat them both to stop the cross-infection from occurring.
Men experience yeast infections in different ways
Yeast infections are sometimes seen by both men and women as sexually transmitted diseases, when in fact a yeast infection more commonly will occupy the digestive tract in a male and cause major issues there. This is because the delicate balance of good and bacteria becomes disturbed and imbalanced. From personal experience in dealing with many men who have a yeast infection, the cause is generally alcohol, stress, drugs like antibiotics and diets high in refined carbohydrates (sugars, alcohols, breads).
Guys ten to snack more indiscriminately than women, have larger portion sizes and are less fussy about the quality (and quantity) of what they eat. This can easily lead to an overgrowth of candida in the digestive tract, or the candida problem can start because the male was infected by a female who has an existing vaginal yeast infection.