If you have balanitis thrush, you will have a number of distinctive symptoms, such as red skin around the head of your penis and pain and swelling.
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:
- 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.