Many men are not aware of the fact that they have a yeast infection until they are informed by their partners that they have one. Due to the difference in anatomy it makes it much easier for women to detect it. She will have the infection in her vagina and so will soon realize something is wrong. Men could go through their whole lives not knowing they are infected and usually only find out when they have other medical issues and they are traced back to the yeast infection.
Men become infected during sex as the infection is able to travel up the exposed urethra. It was discovered that this was the main way that it was transferred as it is only present in adults and not children.
What Causes a Yeast Infection?
Beer drinkers can become infected as they will take in a great deal of yeast from their drink. Why this is not true of bread eaters is unclear unless the idea is that they may spill beer on their hands and then transfer it in the bathroom. Until they have sex this will not be much of a problem as the temperature of the body on the outside is too cold to let the yeast cultivate. As the vagina is much warmer it is then that the problems occur, as the infection will be passed first to the woman and then back to the male. This is when it will travel to the prostate and the symptoms – if any do appear – will occur. As yeast makes bread swell, it will have the same effect on the prostate and as many men have problems with this at some stage in their life anyway.
Men can become aware that there is a problem as the skin can become very dry and crack. This will normally happen when he has an erection and it will be painful enough for him to realize that something is wrong. Most men and boys will have an element of yeast in their body and there are a number of reasons as to how it got there. For men it is often sex and beer but for those too young to partake in either of these things they can be infected through wheat, corn, peanuts or even antibiotics that they are taking for other health problems. Antibiotics kill the things you want to kill, but can also remove the good bacteria that will help prevent yeast infections.
The Physical Symptoms
As mentioned earlier men do not always have symptoms that will let them know that they have an infection. For many the first symptom will be a problem with digestion. There are a number of different things that can point out a yeast infection in relation to digestion. This includes constipation, bad breath and frequent diarrhea. It is easy to put this down to something you have eaten and to try other remedies but it is important to make sure that this is the case. It may well turn out that it is a food related problem but you have not lost anything by having it checked out.
You may have also noticed that you have an increased desire for sugary products and this will be due to the Candida surviving by living off the sugar in what you eat. This will leave you very little sugar for the body to absorb and so you will be looking for more to replace it. Chips and pasta are also craved and if this is over a prolonged period of time and you do not normally eat a great amount of these items. Quickly caught yeast infections can be treated and if you have been careful it may not even have had time to move over to your partner.
Other symptoms include itchy genitals and the associated problems. It will be painful when you urinate and also sex will be uncomfortable. By always using a condom you will drastically reduce the chance of catching it through sex, but as there are other ways of being infected this is not going to keep you totally protected. There will often be a discharge from the penis and if it is white and thick, it is something that should be checked out. As this is also a symptom for women if your partner is also showing this sign it will be easier to narrow the cause down.
The head of the penis will also be red and inflamed and will be uncomfortable so there is no excuse for not thinking anything is wrong. There may also be bumps around the glans so you have plenty to look out for. There may be the smell of yeast but this is not always present and also if it is not strong you may not notice it over the other smells associated with urination. This is the main way in which it differs from a female version, so if you notice anything tell your partner as well as she may then be able to treat her own infection quickly. As these symptoms mirror those of genital herpes it is in your best interest to get examined quickly so you can rule this out. It will be at times like this that being diagnosed with a yeast infection will be a relief.
If your trousers or underwear are causing an irritation to your genitals this will also be a sign. As with all the others nothing should be ignored as it is easy to treat and will not go away on its own. Hygiene will also help and if you wash both the genitals and your hands after either sex or urination you will limit the chances of catching it. Having said that it is not true to say that this sort of infection is related to hygiene deficiencies. You could make sure that you are the cleanest person in the world and still end up infected. In the same way that clean men can contract it so can celibate ones.
You may experience prostate problems and this is something that should be looked at right away. This can be much more serious than a yeast infection, but even if it is a yeast problem it is an area of your body that you cannot neglect.
Working hard and having a hectic life may lead to mood swings and lack of energy. It could also mean that you have picked up a yeast infection. Even memory loss can be attributed to this and not many people would normally make the association. When visiting the doctor it is best to make sure that the doctor knows everything that is happening so they can either rule out a yeast infection or treat you for it. You could end up going through a great deal of treatment for more serious complaints when you have the need for much less harrowing treatment.
For a condition that is so easy to identify in women it is surprisingly hard to identify in men. There are so many diverse symptoms that you could imagine you have a dozen different illnesses before you realize that you have a yeast infection. Once you get a couple of them, it will be more than likely that this is something that should be checked out and treated.