Candida is the most common form of yeast infection and is usually found in the mouth, genitals and intestinal tract. It may also affect skin and mucous membranes, and although this type of infection is rarely serious, a candida infection can spread and infect other parts of the body (such as the brain and heart) if a person’s immune systems has stopped functioning properly. Doctors have dubbed this issue as Candida Overgrowth Syndrome (COS), and it can affect everyone – even those who have never experience a yeast infection before.
Candida, however, has been thought as mainly a woman’s problem; yet, candida in men is becoming more prevalent nowadays. Men, though, may never realize it because they’re built differently than women. Whereas women can get a vaginal yeast infection, men (obviously) don’t.
How Can Men Tell?
Usually, men get intestinal infections. Uncircumcised men, however, can suffer from penile yeast infections; which can be quite common among men. If you suffer a penile yeast infection, it is, therefore, vital you head to the doctors, no matter how embarrassed you may feel. Not only will this protect you from a more severe infection, but it will also stop you from spreading it as men (like women) can become carriers of skin yeast.
Symptoms men should look out for are red rashes or shiny white patches on their penis. The skin on and around the penis can be moist while exhibiting a thick, white substance under the foreskin. You may also experience itching or a burning sensation on the problem area.
These symptoms are similar to those of STDs, and so, you should always have a check-up if any of these issues arise. Both Candida and STDs can be diagnosed in a single appointment, meaning you can treat it almost immediately.
In most cases, topical antifungal ointments will clear up an infection. If your yeast infection is less than serious, then these ointments and creams can be obtained without a prescription. However, if your symptoms are reoccurring, you may need stronger, prescription medication and a change in lifestyle such as food and drink.
Foods to Avoid
Depending on the seriousness of your candida, you should either simply reduce or eliminate the following foods: aged cheeses, chocolate, fermented foods, gluten, sweetened yogurt, white rice, meat (from animals fed antibiotics and hormones), and vegetables such as beetroot, carrots, and potato skins. Usually, anything full of sugar, preservatives and refined carbs should be completely avoided.
Drinks to Avoid
Similar to food, sugary drinks such as sports drinks and adding sugar (or sweeteners) to coffee and tea, can cause a candida flair up. Alcohol, especially beer, which is high in gluten, should also be eliminated.
Foods to Eat
Green, leafy vegetables, foods full of protein (eggs, fish, etc.), live yogurt cultures, nuts and seeds, non-glutenous grains, pumpkin skins, fresh avocado, lentils, and certain fruits such as blackberries, melon, and blueberries, can help limit the risk of candida.
Drinks to Drink
Unsweetened tea, almond milk and plenty of water are all highly advisable; with the latter being incredibly important. Water is a great means of flushing out your body’s system and ridding your body from any lingering toxins. Make sure your water is completely fresh; you can take courses such as Jim’s ‘5 Steps to Healthy Water’ e-course. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
By keeping your system flushed, and incorporating these foods, your immune system will certainly strengthen and limit the risks associated with a severe case of candida. Remember, yeast infections are not limited to women, and, in fact, research suggests that men are more prone to yeast infections than their female counterparts.