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An explanation of what yeast infection,candida, Candidiasis, is and what symptoms are associated with it plus, what happens if left untreated and how to treat it.

An explanation of what yeast infection,candida, Candidiasis, is and what symptoms are associated with it plus, what happens if left untreated and how to treat it.

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    • ==== ====For Great tips on how to be Free Forever from Yeast Infections Check this outhttp://tinyurl.com/72x8c7x==== ====Understanding Male Yeast InfectionsYeast infections seems to be thought of as primarily as a "womens complaint". A male patientwho came into our clinic for treatment with his yeast infection had consulted a medical doctor, onlyto be told that "only women get yeast infections". Nothing could be further from the truth, maleyeast infections are widely and commonly misunderstood.In my experience, it is easier for women to discover they have a yeast infection, much more easilythan men. Why? Because women are more happy to visit their doctor when their health starts todeteriorate much more quickly than a male will. many guys seem to think they are "bullet proof"and continue on feeling lousy until they experience major health problems. Like the 38yr old manwho saw me a few years ago complaining of bleeding from the bowel. This symptom occured forover one year before he consulted me, and I immediately called a gastroenterologist I know andmade an appointment, who soon after diagnosed bowel cancer in this man. Why did this man notsee a doctor earlier? The reply was "I didnt feel any pain and didnt think that it was an issue".Many guys will go through their lives with flatus, gas, burping, diarrhoea or constipation, itchy skin,and a host of other symptoms and think nothing of it. This makes a candida or fungal infectionextremely difficult to detect since men are built different than women. Once a woman develops avaginal discharge, she knows generally that things are probably amiss and visits her doctor. Guyson the other hand (in general) may have absolutely no idea they may have a male yeast infectionuntil it creates other problems in several areas of their body. In most cases, it will be the malespartner 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 ayeast infection, will want to treat them both to stop the cross-infection from occurring.Common Causes Of Male Yeast InfectionsThe most common ways for men to not only get but to maintain a yeast infection are lifestyle anddiet. I have found that dietary habits such as beer, alcohol, sweets, chocolate, cookies (biscuits)and various snack and sweet foods are some of the main triggers. Other factors include the use(and abuse) of antibiotics and prescription drugs, sexual relations (without adequate hygeine thereafter) and stress or burn-out.Stress and Burn-OutA little know cause of a yeast infection is stress and burn-out (which lowers immunity and causesadrenal fatigue). I can highly recommend that you read my articles on stress, burn-out and adrenalfatigue online as these are some of the most powerful causes in the 21st century of many different
    • health complaints. Men are working harder and under more stress than ever. Guys, are you reallylooking after your body?A weakened immune system allows a yeast infection to proliferate and this will occur by way ofseveral mechanisms. For example, the hormone called cortisol will become low which is vital for apowerful immune response and a body which is slightly acidic will allow a yeast infection tocontinue unabated. The "good" bacteria become weakened and overpowered by the bad bacteriaand yeast, allowing an overgrowth to occur in the intestinal tract.Snacks Can Lead To Yeast InfectionsGuys are prone to refrigerator snacking, my father was a big man and couldnt resist a snack ortwo most nights. He was always on the hunt for something out of the kitchen cupboards (usuallyhome baking, cookies, a chocolate bar, etc) or out of the refrigerator (ice cream, cold cuts,sausages, left-overs, etc). Dad had a bad case of candida yeast infection and had several trips tothe doctor and was also referred to the gastroenterologist due to his constant diarrhoea, gas andbloating. He was always scratching his groin and I can remember the gas and his feet were veryoffensive to the nose indeed!Do you snack? Are the yeasts "calling your name" at night or after a meal, are you the guy whowants something sweet quite regularly? Then you will almost certainly have a yeast infection. Bearthis in mind: that snack you took from the refrigerator which was left overnight has probably startedto grow molds and spores on it. You probably didnt warm it thoroughly in that microwave andbingo - you just transferred bugs into your susceptible digestive tract. More yeast, and so the cyclecontinues on. The yeast parasite demands to be fed on a regular basis and you will more thanlikely feed it, until you realise you have it, and do something about it. This will only come when youhave read about a yeast infection or actually had a stool analysis which screens for candida. Youhad a BIG problem if your stool test can actually culture candida, which tells me you are passinglive and active yeast into your bowel motions.These common food products in your fridge are universally contaminated with molds and fungus.We all unknowingly eat them thinking they are perfectly safe, they maybe to those with a strongdigestion, but for those with a yeast infection they are food. Yeast is naturally occurring in yourbody, and it is only when the good bacteria to yeast ratio in your digestive system becomesunbalanced, allowing the yeast fungi to thrive which then spread to other parts of your body.Men Who Drink Beer Are More Prone To Yeast Infections And ProstatitisYou are most probably aware that alcohol is produced by yeast fermentation. Wine has an alcoholcontent of about 12 percent which is sufficient to kill the yeast. The heat produced to distill spiritslike whiskey, vodka and cognac kills any yeast residue. With beer, the alcohol content rarelyexceeds 6%, so there is often live yeast left behind. When you drink beer containing live yeast, itcan remain live in digestive system and translocate into your body and affect your immune system.Most guys who drink plenty of beer will have their own "mobile brewery" happening inside theirdigestive system.Some men never really seem to be affected by this brewers yeast, or are only affected by certainbrands of beers, whilst others can start to suffer pretty bad only days after only a few beers. Do
    • you drink beer and suffer from prostatitis? The live yeast can may make your life quite miserable,and it wont be until you quit that beer habit for some time that you really notice the connection.The type of enlarged prostate from beer consumption is different from other forms of benignprostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate, or BPH) in that it will subside once the prostatitis (andalcohol consumption) is remedied. At times you may well have prostatitis and yet your Urologistwill do all the tests and tell you everything is OK. This can be truly bewildering, especially whenthe pain is intense. Many cases of prostatitis test negative, and you well could be in pain anddiscomfort but the lab test say there is nothing wrong. So, if you enjoy a regular good brew, andyou suffer from prostatitis, prostate pain, or irritation, it could very well be the yeast residue in yourbrew that is causing your problems. My advice? If you have a prostate problem AND drink beer,then stop all beer for some time and focus on restoring your digestive system and allow time toeradicate yeast from your system properly.AntibioticsIncredible as it may seem, some patients I see with yeast infections have been treated dozens oftimes with an antibiotic. In fact, many cases of yeast infections have their origin after an antibioticwas prescribed by a doctor. Personally, I would never prescribe an antibiotic for a patient, and if Iever did it would be for a case of pneumonia of bacterial origin. Every medical clinic I have workedin, antibiotics are routinely prescribed - even by doctors who have studied natural medicine andwho claim to be "natural doctors". It is almost that they fall back instinctively on their "germ theory"training and believe that the only way to get a patient right is to "kill those nasty germs" with anantibiotic.How many times did you go to your doctor for a chest cold, a case of sinus, a skin infection orwhat ever it may have been, and you were prescribed an antibiotic? You obeyed your doctor andtook the prescribed course of antibiotics for ten days, but what you may not have been aware of atthe time is that those drugs wiped out significant amounts of beneficial bacteria as well as the bad.You didnt kill all the good guys, just lots of them, and you weakened your immune system too.You continued on and discovered that your cough or chest cold went away pretty quick, great youthought to yourself: "that doctor was right, those drugs did work".Little did you know that you only weakened your system further, making you increasinglysusceptible for a further infection in time. Meanwhile, your life continued on - a beer here or there,the same amount of stress, a few cookies or snacks from the fridge. More beneficial bacteria dieand more yeasts start to thrive, the scales are slowly tipped in favour of the bad. Then you get sickagain - more antibiotics. The bottom line is that you slide down a slope towards a yeast infection, itdoes not happen overnight, it happens gradually over a period of time and your immune systemgradually gets worn down by the main causative factors along with a constant introduction ofmolds into your body. That is when you begin to experience some of the symptoms of a yeastinfection.Common Male Yeast Infection SymptomsCommon signs and symptoms males experience with a yeast infection are male-associatedurinary/sexual problems: jock itch, loss of sex drive, impotence, prostatitis, penis infections,difficulty urinating, urinary frequency or urgency, painful intercourse, sexual dysfunction, a swollen
    • scrotum, etc. Is the male a beer drinker? Suspect candida if he drinks beers regularly andcomplains of prostatitis, itchy skin, burping, bloating, and other symptoms listed here.Other signs and symptoms of male yeast infection are constipation, bad breath, bloating,indigestion, frequent intestinal gas, frequent diarrhea, very loose stools, irritability and moodswings, fatigue or lack of energy, memory loss, dry itchy flaky skin. As I mentioned earlier, themale will also probably develop a craving for sweets, pastas, chips, etc. In addition, check out thesigns and symptoms of a candida yeast infection page.The Solution To Male Yeast InfectionThe best way to tackle a yeast infection if you are a male is to tackle it systemically, which meansyou will need to treat the "whole person" and not just the presentation. You need the right diet andlifestyle. Stay with your walking program, and do seek professional help if need beEric Bakker is a registered Naturopathic Physician with a Bachelor Degree of Science majoring inComplementary Medicine. Eric is past Vice President of the New Zealand Natural MedicineAssociation with 20 years of clinical experience in natural medicine.Eric runs a busy online naturopathic practice in New Zealand and specialises in distance patients.He has many patients throughout the world in countries such as America, England, Australia andseveral other English speaking countries.Patients keep in touch via Skype or the telephone and can easily book consultations onlinethrough his popular website. Patients can login as Members and have access to a full range of"Practitioner-Only" products and many free member-exclusive handouts and reports. Products aredispatched daily and we pride ourselves on our fast and professional service. Eric can help youwith many chronic health conditions and is a highly experienced naturopath, particularly withcandida yeast infections.Join The Naturopaths regular e-newsletter and receive a FREE Healthy Foods Chart valued at$20.00 just for subscribing! Just go to http://www.naturopath.co.nz and become a newslettersubscriber today!Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Eric_Bakker_ND
    • ==== ====For Great tips on how to be Free Forever from Yeast Infections Check this outhttp://tinyurl.com/72x8c7x==== ====