Some male yeast infection symptoms are the same as those of yeast infections in women. For example, many men will experience
- itching – really, really, bad, miserable, itching on the head of the penis, a place that is uncomfortable and socially unacceptable to scratch. Any woman can tell you that itching normally accompanies a female yeast infection.
- Redness of the head of the penis that may become sore and may be covered with tiny red or white pimples. In women this symptom is mirrored in redness and soreness of the vulva.
It is possible, although rather uncommon, for men to also experience a penile discharge which may, occasionally, look like the white “curdy” discharge which women with yeast infections complain about.
It is also entirely possible for men to experience no male yeast infection symptoms at all. This can actually be dangerous as it’s possible someone with an overgrowth of the Candida fungus to experience a systemic infection which is potentially very serious.
Should a systemic yeast infection occur, or even if a man only has a penile yeast infection, his body may react to fight the infection, causing one or more other male yeast infection symptoms such as indigestion, constipation, and appetite changes such as cravings for unusual foods. As a man’s immune system reacts to the growth of the yeast, he may also experience muscular aches and pains in the back and limbs.
A man may also experience a loss of sexual desire as another male yeast infection symptom which may include mood changes. This may simply be because the man doesn’t feel well as a result of the infection, or the infection itself may cause the symptom.
As both male and female yeast infections occur in warm, moist parts of the body and are both caused by an overgrowth of Candida yeast, a fungus that normally lives on the skin, there are some similar symptoms. It is often thought that men get yeast infections through sexual contact. While this can occur, an overgrowth of Candida yeast is more likely caused by some underlying condition such as poor diet, treatment of another ailment with antibiotics, stress, a poor immune system, or diabetes.
Treatment and More
If a man experiences male yeast infection symptoms, he may use a cream, such as Monistat, to treat the infection. If the penile infection disappears, he may have solved his problem. However, should the infection linger or get worse, he should see a doctor. The most common male yeast infection symptoms, itching and redness, are possible signs of other infections, such as herpes. And it’s also possible that the man may be suffering from one of the other conditions which cause the Candida yeast to flourish in his symptom.