Men can also get yeast infections (also called thrush) usually in the mouth and the penis. Yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of Candida Albicans, a yeast fungus that is normally present inside the digestive tract. This fungus can also live inside the mouth and on other moist parts of the body. Under normal conditions, it is kept in check by the good bacteria that exists in the body. However, when a person’s immune system is weak, yeast fungi can multiply fast enough to cause an infection.
Persons with autoimmune diseases, as well as those who have diabetes, cancer or HIV are more prone to having yeast infections. A poor diet, too much consumption of antibiotics and chlorinated drinking water can also be factors that can lead to a yeast infection.
Symptoms of oral thrush in men appear as creamy white patches or blisters on the mouth. There can be some pain and itching on the roof of the mouth, the tongue, the lips and inside the cheeks. Men infected with oral thrush may also have cracked lips or may find it difficult to swallow. It can also affect a man’s taste buds.
In some instances, the yeast infection may spread to the throat and the esophagus. This will cause some discomfort in swallowing food and drinking beverages. It may also lead to more serious complications such as ulcers of the esophagus.
Symptoms of oral thrush in men are often treated with anti-fungal medications. It can also be controlled by keeping a yeast-free diet that has minimal sugar and yeast content. Changing one’s diet to include more fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins can also help prevent the onset of oral thrush in men.
Oral hygiene is also important. Brushing the teeth regularly can help prevent the yeast fungi from proliferating inside the mouth. For some home remedies, drinking a tbsp of apple cider vinegar mixed with one cup of water before sleeping can help. The acid will neutralize the effects of the yeast fungi.
The symptoms of oral thrush in men can lead to other conditions such as fatigue, memory loss, frequent headaches, joint and muscle pains. Oral thrush may lead to less food intake because of the difficulty in swallowing, which can further lower one’s immune system and lead to more serious diseases.
Do not wait to experience more severe symptoms of oral thrush in men. If you suspect that you have oral thrush, consider talking to your doctor about it.