Thrush, men - Symptoms 

Symptoms of thrush in men 

If you have balanitis thrush, you will have a number of distinctive symptoms.

You symptoms are likely to include:

  • red skin around the head of the penis
  • swelling of the head of the penis
  • irritation and soreness of the head of the penis
  • thick, lumpy discharge under the foreskin
  • itchiness around the head of the penis
  • an unpleasant odour
  • difficult retracting (pulling back) the foreskin of your penis (phimosis)
  • pain when passing urine
  • pain during sex

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 (the opening where faeces are expelled from the body)

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: 11/06/2012

Next review due: 11/06/2014

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