Where do Male Yeast Infections Show Up?
Just like unwanted guests at a party, male yeast infection symptoms can show up in the oddest places at the oddest times. Because Candida yeast likes warm, moist hiding places, that’s usually where yeast infections occur.
Most of us are familiar with vaginal yeast infections because we see ads for cures in the media. Male yeast infections are not as common and never show up on TV or in magazines but, unfortunately, they do show up. And male yeast infection symptoms can be miserable. They may range from terrible, relentless itching, to burning, redness, rash, white patches, brittle nails, and even penile discharge.
Penile Yeast Infections
The male yeast infection symptoms that most men may have heard of would be those that occur during a penile yeast infection. This often involves itching, redness, and blisters – and sometimes no symptoms at all. If a sexual partner has recurrent yeast infections, a man might consider seeing if he is carrying a symptomless overgrowth of Candida yeast.
But men, particularly as they age, may have a male yeast infection symptom elsewhere on their body. For example, oral yeast infections (thrush) can show up under dentures. Yeast can also appear on the tongue or cheeks as thick white patches that can’t be rubbed off.
And those fingernail and toenail infections that often do show up in magazine ads? Those are yeast infections and can be difficult to treat. The male yeast infection symptoms of nail infections include thickening of the nails, brittle nails, yellowing of the nails, and even a green cast to the nail be.
Male yeast infection symptoms may even show up as a skin infection, particularly in skin folds or warm places like the groin or under the arms. For the most part, the skin is a barrier to yeast. However, should the skin break down or be abraded, yeast can penetrate the break and grow, causing an infection of the skin.
Systemic yeast infections are fortunately, extremely rare. It’s then called “systemic Candidal disease.” Three quarters of the people who contract systemic Candidal disease may die of it.
So while the symptoms of yeast infections are irritating but usually minor, anyone who believes that they are suffering from a yeast infection should see that it’s taken care of quickly. Male yeast infection symptoms can actually be symptoms of other diseases, particularly certainly sexually transmitted diseases. Recurrent yeast infections may have underlying causes that can’t be dismissed including HIV, certain cancers or diabetes. Or the cause may be something simple like a recent round of antibiotics or particular types of condoms.
Whatever the cause, should you develop a male yeast infection symptom that you can’t get rid of using over-the-counter or natural cures, be sure to see your physician to rule out underlying problems.