Symptoms of thrush in men 

Some men may not experience any signs or symptoms of thrush.

If symptoms do appear, they can include:

  • irritation, burning or itching under the foreskin or on the tip of the penis
  • redness, or red patches under the foreskin or on the tip of the penis
  • a discharge under the foreskin that may look like cottage cheese  there may also be an unpleasant smell
  • difficulty pulling back the foreskin of your penis (phimosis)

Thrush as a skin infection

Most candidal skin infections develop in areas of the body where folds of skin come together, such as the:

  • armpits
  • groin
  • areas between your fingers
  • skin between your genitals and anus

People who are obese are also at risk of developing a skin infection between their rolls of skin.

The infection usually begins as a red and painful itchy rash. Small red spots can also develop on the rash. Affected skin may then scale over, producing a white-yellow curd-like substance. If the skin between your fingers is affected, it becomes thick, soft and white.

Page last reviewed: 13/10/2014

Next review due: 13/10/2016