Candida and prostatitis can be a hidden problematic combination lurking in men. Candida is notorious for its ability to infect and affect all the various organs and tissues of the body. The urinary tract is a very common site and one of the first places to be affected. The relationship of the urinary tract to the prostate gland increases the likelihood of the spread of fungal candida to this gland, although there are few examples of it in the literature.
Studies that are available paint the same picture of fungal candida as found in many other tissues. The transformation of the normal yeast form to the problematic fungal form is a result of antibiotic use. Antibiotics destroy the normal bacterial flora present throughout the body, leaving vacant terrain for candida to take control of. Once established, it controls which bacteria repopulate the tissues. It also increases levels of inflammation in the tissues, as this helps to further its own growth and spreading.
Like other infectious agents, candida prostatitis can cause swelling of the prostate and urinary retention. The few studies that are available show localized prostate infections that tend to produce no symptoms, but can develop into life-threatening sepsis.
Diagnosis is challenging which explains the lack of scientific studies. Even so, more studies continue to be produced demonstrating candida as a cause of prostatitis. Given the clinical picture and understanding of candida, the sensitivity of the prostate gland to inflammation in aging men makes it a prime target for the establishment of fungal candida infections.
Any male over 40 with a history of antibiotic use and swelling of the prostate, or urinary retention issues, should consider fungal candida as a possible cause.
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