Gynecomastia commonly called “man-boobs,” is the swelling of the male breast tissue. Gynecomastia symptoms relatively remain the same in all males suffering from the condition. The cause of this condition is a decrease in the testosterone levels in comparison to that of estrogen in the male body. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts and can be noted in males from an early age (newborn) and during old age; however, it tends to affect most males during puberty.
In infants, the disorder will affect 50% of the male born because of the effects of the mother’s estrogen during infancy. However, the swelling in most newborns will disappear within the first month after birth.
During puberty, the hormonal changes taking place are attributed to gynecomastia whereby breasts start to swell but should subside independently after a period that is as short as six months or as long as two years.
In the adult and aging, gynecomastia tends to affect 25% of the males. The condition can occur when they hit 50 years or as late as 80 years. The testosterone levels in men tend to drop as they grow older, and they put on some weight, which can trigger the breast glands to enlarge as fatty tissues accumulate around the breast.
In most cases, having man-boobs in not a healthy risk but it does have a direct effect on a man’s personality making them feel embarrassed. Though it may not be a serious issue, the condition can be painful. Nevertheless, gynecomastia can resolve independently, though surgery and medication can be an alternative to dealing with the condition.
In most cases, men will not think much of it during the onset symptom of having man-boobs only to start taking action when the symptoms are plainly existent. Some of the gynecomastia symptoms include:
• The enlargement or swelling of either one or both breasts whereby the glandular tissue expands in the breast, this being a unilateral thing in some cases. The enlargement can have an even or uneven growth and shape with respect to the nipple. The growth can be firm or a bit squishy to the touch and may or may not appear behind the nipple.
• The nipple and part of, or the entire breast might be painful and tender to the touch. Some case might have a discharge from the nipple in one or both breasts.
• A breast bud in either one or both breasts can form in boys during puberty. The bud will dissipate over time, and this can be over two years.