Contrary to what many people think, men actually contract yeast infection, as well. There are many causes for this problem. One of the leading causes is compromised immunity. This can happen when a person is infected with certain diseases such as cancer, diabetes, or infections from HIV and mononucleosis. Chemotherapy and radiation, and stress can lead to lowered immunity, as well. An immunocompromised person can no longer control the proliferation of yeast in the body, which, inevitably, leads to a yeast infection.
So how do you know if you are infected with Candida or have contracted yeast infection? Here are the most common symptoms of this disease among men:
1. Irritation or soreness on the glans penis (head of the penis);
2. Reddish rash / itching on the glans penis;
3. Visible blisters on the head and shaft;
4. Itchy rashes that spread to the groin and anus; and
5. Clumpy discharge from the penis.
If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above and suspect that you have contracted yeast infection, the most practical way to confirm or refute your suspicion is to consult your doctor and get it diagnosed through clinical tests.
There are mainly two clinical tests to determine if a person has contracted Candida. The first is through a microscopic test. This is done by examining a swab of the affected area under a microscope to check if Candida cells are present in the sample. These cells are identified using a potassium chloride solution to stain the sample.
Another famous test is the culture medium test. This method requires a culture medium that is used to develop yeast colonies out of the sample that is taken from the patient. These colonies are usually seen after the sample has been incubated. After which, the characteristics of the fungal colonies are analyzed to find out the type of fungus that is the causal agent for the yeast infection.
These tests have to be run as soon as possible to avoid any complications that may occur in the future, if your infection is left untreated.
There is a particular yeast infection home test that has circulated for some time now. This is commonly known as the Candida spit test. The process involves spitting in a glass of water, first thing in the morning, immediately right after the person woke up. It is said that there is a positive yeast infection if the water turns cloudy and strings of legs that travel to the bottom of the glass. This is a hoax invented by a pharmaceutical company that sells medicines to cure Candida. This is not an accurate determinant of a yeast infection as there are numerous causes, which lead to the forming of the said legs. Some of these causes are dehydration, allergies, food-borne or airborne illnesses, and other microbial infections, which lead to the thickening of the saliva.
The symptoms are usually an indication of a yeast infection. However, to be sure of the true nature of such symptoms, the two clinical tests mentioned above are the most accurate means to confirm or refute your suspicion.