Yeast Infection In The Ear

We don't listen like we should. It is true of all of us.  Especially in this day of so much noise, media and distractions, listening has become almost a lost art.

However, for someone with a yeast infection in their ear, they are risking never being able to hear again.

And, unfortunately, yeast infections in the ear are quite often misdiagnosed, leading on an exhausting journey with trips to multiple doctor offices and several different medications before a cure is finally found.

Swimmer's Ear

Otitis externa or an outer ear infection is often called swimmer's ear.  Swimmer's ear is often associated with a bacterial infection, however, in less than 10% of the cases, it is actually a fungus (yeast) and is called otomycosis

There are two types of yeast infections that commonly present themselves in the outer ear: Candida albicans (which is already found in the body in controlled quantities) and Aspergillus niger. 

Swimmer's ear is most often caused when something disrupts the protective lining of the ear.  
  • Sharp objects stuck in to scratch the ear.
  • Cotton swabs that may have jabbed the ear.
  • Water left in the ear from swimming.
  • Inflammation from allergies or another bacterial infection. 
  • Chemicals such as hair sprays they may be irritating the ear.
Other risk factors for yeast infections may come into play as well, such as Diabetes or the use of steroids and antibiotics.

Do You Have a Yeast Infection? Here are some Symptoms

It may be difficult to distinguish between a fungal or a bacterial infection in the ear. Both can cause, pain, redness, discharge,scaling and decreased hearing. 

The cure that doctor's typically prescribe will generally involved using some acetic acid to help make the environment in the ear unfriendly to any host organisms and generally will work against bacteria and fungi alike. 

However, is they choose to use an antibiotic drop, it may not treat the yeast infection at all and, in some cases, can actually make it worse. 

However, if they need to differentiate, an ear nose and throat doctor (also called an otolaryngologist) can collect a sample and examine it under a microscope to determine what type of organism is being problematic. 

Home Remedies For a Yeast Infection In the Ear

Note: Ear infections of any type are serious.  If left untreated, especially in children, they can spread and perforate the ear drum, even spreading into the bones surrounding the ear and requiring the need for surgery.  In worst cases, they can lead to hearing loss.  If you have chronic pain in your ear schedule a Doctor's appointment.  While you are waiting to see the doc, here are some home remedies.  And, as always, DO NOT POKE STUFF INTO YOUR EAR.

Garlic is a major antifungal agent, but also can kill many kinds of bacteria as well. Garlic oil can be an excellent drop to try in the ear to kill the yeast.  In fact, garlic is so effective at killing yeast, that it cannot be added to rising bread without flattening the loaf. 

Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a well-known antifungal agent.  I personally have used it to combat foot fungus on two different occasions, and it was one of the main medications I packed when I went  on a 6-week trip to Africa.

Genetian Violet can stain purple, but it is an often prescribed medication that is very effective for treating yeast and has been quite often prescribed throughout the years.  Even better, it can be inexpensively purchased online from Amazon and used as an at-home treatment. 

Just because you can't see yeast, doesn't mean it isn't there.  Experiencing a yeast overgrowth in one area of the body, may actually be symptomatic of the yeast overgrowth occuring in your gut.  Restoring natural balance to your body is essential for prevent future yeast infections. 

Curing the Male Yeast Infection

Yeast infections happen.  While men are generally at a lower risk of developing a yeast infection than women are, these infections are no less bothersome.

Yeast infections in men manifest themselves in a variety of ways.  Sometimes they appear as thrush in the mouth.  Other times it appears on our around the genitals.  And sometimes yeast infections don’t “appear” but can exist for a long time in the gut, slowing the digestive system and causing a host of random, hard to diagnose systems.

As we discuss ways that you can treat your infection, I really want to remind you to seek professional help.

Yeast Infection Bumps

Let’s face it, none of us dudes want to talk about problems with our man parts. 

Unfortunately, sometimes our sidekick isn’t as infallible as it may seem.

So now you are seeing some little bumps showing up on your penis.  Oh no.  Is it herpes?  Is it a yeast infection?

Here’s a quick look at how to tell the difference and get the right treatment.

Hints That Those Bumps Might Be Yeast Related

Yeast infections are typically an opportunistic infection that take advantage of a weakened immune system.  So, in a lot of cases, there are other factors that lead into the yeast infection. For example if you have been on a lot of antibiotics recently, it could be that your normal bacterial flora is on a decline and that the yeast is over growing to take its place.

Additionally, it can be a sign of pancreatic problems. Diseases such as diabetes cause an abundance of sugar which feeds any present yeast infections causing rapid overgrowth.

Additionally, although yeast infections are not necessarily considered an STD, if your partner has been suffering from a yeast infection, it is plausible that you could get it, too. If it goes untreated long enough, both you and your partner could show signs of bumps.

Yeast Infection Bumps v.s Herpes Bumps

Yeast Infection bumps tend to be scattered with white pus-looking heads.  And, they are extremely itchy and often itch worse after having eaten sugar. White discharge may be present from the tip of the penis in more extreme cases. 

They also tend to accompany other yeast infection symptoms.

While herpes can also cause bumps and sores, they tend to be more clustered and are often described as “cauliflowered”.  Additionally, they may come and go over several weeks, but typically grow worse.

Treating Yeast Infection Bumps

You can try treating yeast infection bumps at home by applying a topical cream such as Monistat.

Additionally, some people have been able to use tea tree oil to treat their yeast infection bumps.  However, you may want to dilute it with olive oil and use it sparingly.  I find myself to be extremely sensitive to it and would be very cautious about applying it to sensitive areas of my body. 

Yeast Infections May Be Worse Than They Appear

Craving sugar? Lethargic? Itching? Dizziness?

Just because you get rid of the bumps you may not be treating the source of the yeast infection.  In many of us our diets of sugar and beer has lead to yeast overgrowth in our gut which actually can actually dictate our food cravings.

In Yeast Infection No More the author, Linda Johnson, reveals just how destructive yeast infections can be, as well as natural steps you can take to eliminate yeast overgrowth and restore your natural health.

The price of the book is less than many co-pays at the Doctor. You can click here to check it out.

Tips For Kicking Yeast Infections

I was surprised to learn that we dudes could get yeast infections. Thankfully we can also kick them in usual guy-style.  So, without any ado, here are some points on how to kick these yeast infections once and for all and  establish true man-health.  Feel free to dig  around for the yeast fighting facts you need!

Listen, stuff in our nether regions ain't cool.  But putting it off is even worse.  And, consider it a blessing.  Yeast rarely attacks just one area.  So if you see it in one area it may be a sign of some other critical health issues that you need to address.  It's nothing more than a "wake up call" that you body needs some attention.

Recommended Reading: The Ultimate Guide To Eradicating Yeast

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Yeast Infection Home Test

Ladies who want to test for the presence of a yeast infection have several at-home test kits they can purchase.  But what about guys?  Typically, the dudes have to trek to a Doctor's office to get a diagnosis.

However, perhaps you are noticing that you have a lot of yeast infection symptoms.  So, it would make sense that you might have yest infection.

But you don't really want to go to the Doctor's office.  I hear you on that one.

Thankfully there is an at-home yeast infection test that you can try.

The At Home Saliva Yeast Test

How to Perform: Immediately after waking in the morning and before you put anything into your mouth, spit into a glass of water.

What to Look For: The saliva will float on top of the water. If there is candida present, you will see "strings" or "legs" extending down into the water. These legs may develop over the course of the next hour as the yeast present in the spit groups together to form the strings.

In addition to the "legs", different layers of sediment may form which are often related to the yeast overgrowth as well. Brown sediment, however, may be related to a parasitic overgrowth.

The speed with which these legs form are often a good indicator of how much yeast overgrowth you are suffering from.  More growth will likely cause a more severe and noticeable reaction in the water with the "legs" forming more rapidly.

The Saliva Yeast Test is Unreliable

As easy as the saliva yeast test is to perform, the downsides is that it is virtually impossible to determine just how effective it is.  It seems to have been developed by a company called ThreeLac which sells yeast-fighting supplements.  

I have not been able to find any truly scientific information backing this test. 

So the test may -- or may not -- work.  However, you can always try a yeast cure plan and see if the lifestyle changes help take care of the symptoms. 

If nothing else, treating your body with any sort of cleansing program is likely to help your overall health no matter what.

Check out the most indepth yeast cleansing treatment plan available

Cream For Male Yeast Infections

Are There Any Over The Counter Treatments to Try?

If you are dealing with a penile yeast infection, it makes sense to treat the infection where it is the most annoying. Especially if you are having symptoms such as discharge or white patches. 

There are specific medications that can be prescribed by your doctor and are to be recommended for treating severe penile yeast infections.  However, if you want to give the OTC route a try, here is an idea some people on the internet have tried.

Monistat is marketed for female yeast infections since they tend to get them more readily.  However, men can also use it since its active ingredients can be used to fight any type of topical yeast infection.

It May Take More Than Cream

A penile yeast infection may be a sign of several things.  It may mean that your partner is suffering from a yeast infection, or that you have had a latent infection for awhile that has only recently become active due to a suppressed immune system such as a major illness (diabetes, HIV) or antibiotic treatment. 

Additionally, a penile yeast infection may be an indicator of a larger, systemic yeast growth that the rest of your body is suffering from.  In order to prevent a reoccurring infections, you may want to consider doing a full-body yeast cure and eliminate yeast from the rest of your body. 

Read more about yeast infection symptoms if you  think you might have a systemic yeast infection.

You can also read about curing systemic yeast infections once and for all.