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 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 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 essential, as this will ensure that the situation 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 disease.
As a preventative measure paying keen 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 irritate 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 undergarments, which can help maintain a situation in which the fungus can multiply. Regularly changed loose fitting cotton underwear is highly recommended and often proves to be more comfortable.