Candidiasis, men - Symptoms of thrush in men
NHS Choices Medical Reference
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:
- 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.