Although candidiasis is not as common in men as it is in women, it can still be just as problematic. The prevention of candidiasis is often as simple as ensuring that you pay attention to your own personal hygiene. By taking some simple steps you can help prevent the condition from arising in the first place.
Candidiasis (male thrush) is caused by a fungus called candida albicans. The fungus is present naturally in the body and is usually kept at bay by the body’s own immune system. However, if you have a weakened immune system it can be allowed to multiply. If this is due to an underlying condition then consultation with your doctor is important as this will ensure that the condition does not develop into a more serious one.
For those who have never suffered from candidiasis before it can be an embarrassing experience. Fortunately, it is one that is easily diagnosed and treated by your doctor who can prescribe either an oral medication or cream available from your pharmacist.
If you have experienced candidiasis before, you will be aware of the symptoms and in many cases you can treat the condition with an over the counter medication. Be aware though that if the condition is persistent or recurrent then it is well worth seeing your doctor again to rule out any predisposition to the condition.
As a preventative measure paying strong attention to a daily personal hygiene regime is essential. Make sure that you wash your penis thoroughly and ensure you dry it well with a clean towel; preferably one that is for your sole use. It’s also a good idea to avoid using perfumed soaps or showers gels as they can cause irritation to the affected area. Equally, products like talcum powder need to be avoided as they are often starch based and offer the perfect environment for candidiasis to develop.
Candidiasis is a fungal infection and as such thrives in a warm moist environment. It can be a good idea to avoid tight fitting under garments which can help maintain an environment in which the fungus can multiply. Regularly changed loose fitting cotton underwear is highly recommended and often proves to be more comfortable.
Although candidiasis is not specifically a sexually transmitted disease there is the opportunity for it to be acquired from a sexual partner who has the condition. Therefore it makes sense to use barrier methods to block infection during sex. Wearing a condom will reduce the chance of infection, as will avoiding oral sex with an affected partner – a common yet often forgotten method of infection.
Limiting your number of sexual partners is also a sensible precaution; fewer contacts will reduce the risk of infection. In addition you need to be aware that the fungus can be spread by fingers and sex toys, so these too should be kept clean. Sex toys need to be cleaned thoroughly after use and if cracked or damaged they should be thrown away.
For those who want further help with candidiasis including diagnosis, treatment, and prevention contact your GP.
Written by Kat Kreatzer, an experienced blogger working in the health-care industry for many years.