Male yeast infections are one of those diseases that is overlooked and widely misunderstood. It is usually thought of as a “women’s problem” since it occurs at a lower rate in men than in women. However, the symptoms can be pretty much the same: burning sensation at the time of urinating, non-stop itching, discharge rashes at times, noticeable odor, and painful intercourse to name a few.
Causes of Male Yeast Infections
One of the causes of developing male yeast infections can be drinking large quantities of beer. Beer of course is made from yeast which can enter the body and develop into skin yeast on their reproductive organ. Since yeast likes warmth and the temperature in this area of the body is ideal for keeping the infection dormant, it can go undetected for a long period of time.
Male yeast infections can also occur when men have sex with their partner. If their wife or girlfriend has a vaginal yeast infection, it is possible for it to be transmitted to the male penis. It is therefore important for men to examine themselves to see if they also have an infection. The bad thing about it being transmitted during sex is that the male’s urethra will be exposed to the fungus and the fungus could travel up the urethral canal to the prostate gland where it sits and waits like a ticking time bomb.
In the same manner, male yeast infections can also be transmitted to their partner during sex and travel up the vaginal canal, which is an ideal environment for the fungus to grow.
Antibiotics, corn products, wheat products, barley, peanuts and a weak immune system are other causes of male yeast infections.
Symptoms of Male Yeast Infections
As mentioned before, the symptoms in men can be similar to the symptoms found in women. However, since men are built differently than women, it is possible for men to go through their lives never knowing they have a Candida or fungal infection.
The typical symptoms for men when experiencing male yeast infections are:
- Bad breath
- Intestinal gas
- Sexual dysfunction
- Being irritable
- Suffering from wide mood swings
- Feelings of lack of energy
- Jock itch
- Dry flaky skin
- Athletes foot
- Cravings for carbohydrate rich foods
One or more of these symptoms can be present and can present differently in each individual and to make it more difficult, they can change day to day in each individual making it difficult to diagnosis. Men’s overall health condition needs to be taken into account when trying to diagnosis. A believe that it is old age or another condition keeps them from understanding that it may be a yeast infection. It is vital that as soon as one becomes aware of the symptoms and the possibility of yeast infection, that the advice of a health care professional be sought.