Symptoms of Yeast Infections in Men
Yeast infection on a male is fairly uncommon. That’s the good news. The bad news is that, should a man get a penile yeast infection, it will be uncomfortable and embarrassing. After all, a man’s penis is exquisitely sensitive and a most private area of his body! Keep in mind that it’s common to have no symptoms whatsoever.
How Can You Tell if You Have a Yeast Infection?
Sometimes a man will have one symptom, and sometimes several symptoms, and sometimes all of the symptoms below.
- The most common symptom is soreness of the head of the penis. This may also include severe itching.
- Sores like small, white, blisters on the head of the penis, or on the foreskin can be quite painful. The head of the penis may also become red, even in the absence of any sores.
- Some men get a discharge from the penis that’s very much like the discharge that a woman gets if she has a yeast infection. It’s a white, “cottage cheesy” sort of discharge. This symptom is not as common as the two symptoms above.
- Yeast infections in men can cause a burning sensation that occurs upon urination, or even contact.
- Last but not least, it’s very common for a man to have no symptoms of a yeast infection at all and then suddenly to be hit with several.
What to do?
These symptoms are also not uncommon in other infections that men might contract so how does a guy know if it’s a yeast infection? Men who are, or have recently been, sexually active should ask their partner or partners whether they’ve recently had a yeast infection. Infection through sexual contact is relatively uncommon but certainly happens.
Seeing a doctor is an excellent idea, particularly if this is a first time yeast infection. If a man has had one before he may recognize the symptoms and know how to treat them. But if this is new territory, it’s good to have a professional opinion.
Yeast infections can also be caused by the use of antibiotics which kill off all bacteria, including good bacteria which kill yeast. It’s particularly important to see a doctor if your partner has NOT had a yeast infection and you have NOT been taking antibiotics. First of all, if you have no reason to suspect a yeast infection other than the symptoms above, you should be checked for sexually transmitted diseases. It’s also not uncommon for a man with diabetes to get yeast infection on a male so that a man who gets a yeast infection in the absence of a good reason might want to be checked for diabetes.