Firstly it is important to know that a yeast infection is not limited to the vagina and to women. It can take any form, though it prefers places on the body that are warm and moist, and it can affect both genders at any age. Men are less likely to get a penile yeast infection but it can happen and if you are thinking of testing for male candida there is something you can do at home, before you get a proper yeast infection diagnosis from your doctor.
Yeast infection diagnosis, looking at the symptoms of male candida
Part of diagnosing a condition as well as testing for male candida, is to look at the symptoms. Look for;
- Bad breath
- Sexual dysfunction
- Jock itch
- Athlete’s foot
- Dry cracked skin
- Memory loss
- Inflammation of the head of the penis
- Craving for sweet, junk or processed foods
Testing for male candida at home
There is a test you can do at home for candida, but you should get a confirmed yeast infection diagnosis from your doctor too before you start treatment. The spit test is actually one either gender can use to check themselves from home. When you go to bed take a glass of water with you but do not drink it! First thing in the morning before you even get out of bed spit a fair amount of saliva into the glass of water.
Then leave it for fifteen minutes or so and then look at what has happened to the spit. If it has disappeared into the water then your testing for male candida is negative. If the water has turned cloudy, there are strings and some has sunk to the bottom then your testing for male candida is positive.
Clinical testing for make candida
As mentioned it is important to have a doctor give you a confirmed yeast infection diagnosis so that you know you are treating it correctly. A doctor will talk to you about symptoms, examine the area, and possibly take a swab that will be looked at under a microscope at a lab. There they will either use a staining method or make a culture to confirm yeast infection diagnosis.