Many of the Candida symptoms in men are the same as they are for women, but there are a few unique aspects. Candida is believed to occur more often in women, but the truth is that it occurs in high numbers for men as well, but it is reported and diagnosed less frequently.
Men are less likely to be diagnosed with Candida for two reasons:
One is because they don’t seek help for their symptoms. The symptoms of Candida in men are often dismissed or denied by the man. He will just live with them because he thinks it’s unmanly to talk about them or get help. Men are socialized to just live with pain and discomfort rather than address it.
The second is that male Candida infection gets mislabeled as all kinds of other disorders because there is a lack of education about Candida in the mainstream Medical society.
Males with Candida tend to get these labels:
- Chronic Prostatitis
- Learning Disabilities
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Conduct Disorder
- Anger or Rage Disorders
- Drug Addict
- Anti-social Disorder
The instigator in all these conditions can be Candida. Several other factors such as food allergies, hypoglycemia, nutritional deficiencies, chemical sensitivities, etc, might be the culprit as well, but these too are all part of the Candida syndrome. Where you find one, you usually find the others.
One of the most common organs to be affected by Candida is the brain and the nervous system. When this happens, it results in a variety of Candida symptoms in men that exhibit themselves as psychological or cognitive problems.
Other common Candida symptoms in males that don’t fall under an actual disorder label may consist of irritability, cognitive difficulties, depression, inability to concentrate, fatigue, restlessness, anxiety, forgetfulness, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, frequent stomach aches, indigestion, heartburn, excessive shyness or feelings of being self-conscious, rashes and many more.
As children, males with Candida typically experienced a lot of earaches, which resulted in antibiotics that only aggravated the Candida. As children, and as men, they may get in fights a lot and have difficulty excelling in school. They may be underachievers, due to Candida inhibiting brain function.
Two more very common Candida symptoms for men are jock itch and athlete’s foot. In these cases, the Candida has localized in the feet or the genitals.
In the book, The Missing Diagnosis by Dr. Orion Truss, a pioneer in the field of Candida, states the following in relation to Candida and men:
“In men, the effect on the brain is manifest more as a chronic ill temper and low-grade depression. This association of severe impairment of intellectual functions (memory and concentration) with disturbance of mood (agitation and depression) can result in such a loss of self-esteem and inability to function as to lead almost always to fruitless psychiatric therapy, based on the erroneous diagnosis of psychoneurosis.
“One of the most consistent complaints, when systemic candidiasis affects brain function, is loss of memory and concentration ability. Lethargy, fatigue, and lack of energy are common complaints. The frequency of urination is a cardinal symptom. Joint pains are common.
“In men, it is expressed more as chronic fatigue and a bad disposition. As a result, this condition in men is less easily recognized; its constancy gives the impression that this is normal character and personality.”
Many men have cured their chronic prostatitis or relieved their symptoms greatly by following a Candida Treatment regimen. You may want to visit the Candida overgrowth symptoms page for more general information that also applies to males.