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Are Men Also vulnerable to Yeast Infections?

Posted Sep 07 2008 2:01am
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Yeast infection cannot be accused of gender discrimination - it can and does attack men and women with equal vigor. All that it requires is a warm and moist environment with preferably little or no air circulation. Since female anatomy has more such areas which are conducive to growth of a yeast colony, it is generally perceived that only women are vulnerable to these infections. But this is only a widely held misconception and has no real scientific base.

Perhaps this misconception that yeast infection is a “female” disease prevents men to come out in the open and admit that they have indeed been infected and this makes it even more difficult for them to get rid of it and be cured completely. The symptoms and cure are, obviously, exactly the same for men and women.

I have a word of advice here for my male friends. If you are afflicted by athlete’s foot you don’t hide it, do you? Then why should you try to hide a yeast infection? It is simply just one other type of fungal infection. Be reasonable and take steps to banish it instead of hiding it and letting it multiply unabated.

So, the first thing to do when you get infected is to admit it and discuss openly with your wife or girlfriend. Many a times this infection gets transmitted to you from your female friend so it would be very prudent to get both of you checked up by a doctor and if required start treatment simultaneously for both of you.

Just as it is necessary for women, men should also start taking large portions of yogurt with their normal lunch or dinner and use any over-the-counter antifungal cream for local application. Maintenance of proper hygiene is also absolutely necessary and fresh underwear everyday is a must to get well quickly. If you happen to be involved in activities which cause heavy perspiration you may require multiple changes of underwear since the affected area should be kept as clean and dry as possible to prevent growth of yeast and reduction of itching, inflammation, rash and a burning sensation which invariably accompany a yeast infection.

Under normal circumstances this infection starts receding within two days and within a week you should be completely cured. Just remember it is a normal bodily function which has gone as little out of control. It can be brought back within normal limits very easily and there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about it.

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