Archive for January, 2010

Male Yeast Infection

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Men's Health

Most people are used to catch over-the-counter medications when it comes to choosing a medicine for all kinds of health problems. This is not different with male yeast infections or candida albicans – what is the same. Only if these medications turn out to be ineffective people will seek to find stronger or at least more effective medications. Male candida medicines are usually not different from those used in attending female yeast infections because what causes the condition is the same in men and women alike.

What Men Can Use

It is essential in fighting candida infections to use a medication with anti-fungal properties. Monistat is recommended as an over the counter medicine with good anti-fungal effect. Even if the label contains the instruction “for vaginal use”, this medicine without any doubt or worries can be used also on males who suffer from a yeast infection. The reason why monistat is on first place marketed to women is that male candida infections are less common though developed from the same causes.
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Other medicines that can be tried out are Micatin, Lamisil and Lotrimin. After purchase an over the counter male yeast cure can be applied directly on the affected part. If the application has removed the symptoms within seven to ten days a consultation of your doctor is usually not said to be required.

In case your condition can be traced back to a certain other disease it is necessary to get that complaint diagnosed and cured before applying any medication for male yeast infection.

Follow thoroughly the instructions when using the anti-fungal spray, cream or powder and make sure you have cleaned the affected part carefully before the application. You also should be changing your clothes and in particular your underwear each day.

In addition to the medicine it is recommended that you support the effects of your application by consuming unsweetened yogurt on a daily basis. Even if this advice sounds already like a more holistic approach it is still far away from treating the roots of a yeast infection – regardless if you are a male or a female patient. Many candida sufferers know different stages of their condition and some of them may have quite good experiences with over the counter anti-yeast infection products.

The problem with over the counter products is that often those treatments are only helpful for a short time. At the moment you feel like the yeast infection is gone because the symptoms are. But as soon as you interrupt the application or stop it completely the yeast infection is still there, the symptoms re-appear and pain comes back again.

For this reason it can save you time and months of suffering if you pay more attention on defeating and killing the roots of the infection from the beginning. This can only be done by finding a real holistic and natural yeast infection treatment. But you need not to worry – if you’re looking for an effective cure for your male yeast infection there is help out there. As a man you might not be expecting that you need to deal with a yeast infection. But you can find a solution today that eliminates even your male yeast infection fast and for the rest of your life.

Sinus Infection and Antibiotics

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Diseases, Medications

The correlation of sinus infection and antibiotics is pretty clear cut, but for some reason it is a natural response of the doctor to dole out prescription antibiotics when you go to his office complaining of a sinus infection. I am thinking maybe this is because if the pain, swelling, cloggy feeling is bad enough to get you there then it must be bad enough to treat. A good thing to know in sinus drainage is, that if it is clear it is viral and if it is colored it is bacterial. You only treat bacterial infections with antibiotics as they will not work on viruses.

Another bit of advice for people that is good to know is that colds are not sinus infections. The sinus infection can be caused by the cold and the doctor will not prescribe an antibiotic until you have had the sinus infection longer than 7 days.

There are two thought to prescribing antibiotics; one is to prescribe a broad spectrum one that will “most likely” catch the bacteria and kill it that is causing the problem. The other is to provide a specific antibiotic for a specific bacterium. In order to that he will have to take a culture and identify the bacteria.

Once you are on a course of antibiotic usually ten days worth there are certain things you should expect. The first is that you should feel fifty percent better within 24 hours. After that you will get better a bit each day. This means that if you are taking the antibiotic and just slowly getting better and not feeling good till the tenth day that the antibiotic did not really work and it was your own immune system fighting off the infection. Yes our bodies have the ability to fight infections, even bacterial ones without antibiotics. So the advice here would be if you are not much better in 48 hours call your doctor so he can prescribe something else.

It is also very important that if you start an antibiotic that you take the full course, for if you stop as soon as you feel better two things can happen: one you will get sick again and two your body might build up antigens for the bacteria and the antibiotic that would have initially worked will not work anymore.

Another thing to know is that not all antibiotics work on all bacteria. That is why there are so many antibiotics out there. There are broad spectrum antibiotics and narrow spectrum antibiotics. The broad will try and catch a bunch of different types of bacteria and the narrow will go for specific bacteria.

Scientific studies have shown that treating patients with a broad spectrum antibiotic is the best way to go, but it has one big draw back. People are more apt to become resistant to broad spectrum antibiotics. This is why most doctors will prescribe narrow first and if they do not work will follow up with the broad spectrum.

Narrow spectrum antibiotics

Amino glycosides– This can be administered by inhalation or through irrigation. They have serious side effects and are only given in the presence of a doctor. The side effects include: kidney damage, balance problems and hearing damage. Common name: gentamicin, neomycin, streptomycin and tobramycin.

Macrolides- Made to fight Cocci bacteria. This can be taken orally and tests have shown that it is very effective in slowing or blocking protein formation in the bacteria and thus killing them. Common names: Zithromax, biaxin and erythromycin.

Broad Spectrum Antibiotics

Cephalosporins- Is taken orally or in the ear. They are mostly used for people allergic to penicillin. Side effects tend to be rash and diarrhea. Common names: Duricef and Keflex.

Penicillin– Is the original broad spectrum antibiotic. It inhibits the metabolic processes needed in bacterial cell wall formation by stimulating the enzymes that will destroy the cell walls. It is one antibiotic that will only attack actively multiplying bacteria. Commonly used as Amoxicillin, PenVK

Other antibiotics that deserve mention are Quinolones and Fluoroquinolones. They are rarely used but if needed are used for legionella and mycoplasma. They are harsh antibiotics with strong side effects that can actually interfere with the DNA activity of the patient.

So even with just the basics explained it is pretty evident that you will need to let you doctor decide what is good and right for what you have. Knowing expectations is always useful when you begin to take a new medicine. When something is prescribed to you it is never wrong to ask for documentation on the drug.

Nearsightedness and Farsightedness

Monday, January 11th, 2010 No Commented
Under: Diseases

Nearsightedness and farsightedness are two of the most common visual ailments. Both of them are vision conditions related to the distance that one can see when they are look at objects. They have the behavioral and the psychological causes of their own. This article is going to explore these two causes for each of them.


It is also known as myopia whose symptom is that the sufferers can not see objects in distance. It is represented by elongating eyeballs which is often the result of focusing on objects close up for a long time. It is common among young people who are studying in school. It is normally caused by the bad learning habits that people assume when it comes to reading and learning.

You will know why when you take a look at the posture that students take in a classroom. They are bending themselves over the book for a long time. I was one of them and didn’t realize that at all until someone took a picture of me while I was reading a book.

Another important cause is to strain our eyes. When children are forced to learn or look at things that they are not interested in, they tend to strain their eyes, trying to focus on it. Doing this for a long time will cause myopia.

Myopia can also be caused by psychological near sight. This means that they fear what is lying ahead of them and would rather not look far into the future.


Farsightedness, otherwise known as presbyopia, is a symptom where the sufferer can only see things in the distance but cannot see things close up at hand. Normally, farsightedness is closely related to age. It will affect one at his or her forties. As we age, our lenses will become solid and lose their ability to focus.

We tend to take the age for granted and rely on glasses.However, the muscles around our eyes can be trained to make it up for the hardened lenses.

Presbyopia is also related to what’ s in our mind. If one fears what is close up at hand and looks forward to what’s far away in the future, this eye ailment can occur. For example, if we kept looking at preparing for the life after retirement, but feared to deal with things at hand, it could turn up in our eyes.


When nearsightedness and farsightedness occur to us, the first thing that comes into our mind is glasses. This is what irresponsible people do because we are relying our vision on glasses and making the eyes lazy at focusing by themselves.

In stead, we can get started by change our bad habits including the wrong postures. Don’t keep the same posture for a long time. If you have looking at objects close up at hand for an hour, then you may want to look far away at the trees outside. If you have take distant look for a long time, then just grab a newspaper or book and read. Take breaks from time to time. Learn to train your eyes to relax most of the time.