If you have a weakened immune system, there is a risk that the candida fungus will spread into your blood.
This is known as invasive candidiasis.
The infection can then spreadquickly throughout your body, affecting many of your organs. Known risk factors for invasive candidiasis include:
Symptoms of invasive candidiasis can be wide-ranging, depending on what part of the body is affected by infection. However, initial symptomscan include:
Get medical help immediately if you have thrush and any of the risk factors listed above, or you develop any of the above symptoms over a short period of time.
Invasive candidiasis is a medical emergency that requires immediate admission to an intensive care unit (ICU) . In an ICU, functions of the body can be supported while the underlying infection is treated with anti-fungal medications.
If you are thought to be particularly vulnerable to invasive candidiasis for example, you have diabetes and are on dialysis, your GP may recommend that you are admitted to hospital as a precaution if you develop a thrush infection.
Thrush is a yeast infection caused by a fungus called Candida albicans. Both men and women can get thrush, though it is more often associated with women.
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.
Thrush is caused by the Candida albicans fungus.
Visit your GP if you think you have the symptoms of thrush (either on your penis or skin) and you do not have a history of the condition.
The recommended treatment for thrush in men depends on which area of the body is affected.
If you have a weakened immune system there is a risk that the candida fungus will spread into your blood. This is known as invasive candidiasis.