Thrush Treatment for Men
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Symptoms & Treatment for Thrush in Men
What causes male thrush?
Thrush is a yeast infection, which is caused by a fungus known as candida albicans. Men and women can both get thrush and male thrush is less common. Thrush is not an STI, but having sex can increase the risk of getting thrush. This fungus is usually harmless, until it grows and causes symptoms.
The main risk factors for getting male thrush are:
- taking antibiotics
- using perfumed soap or body wash
- having damaged or irritated skin
- having diabetes that is poorly controlled
- having a weakened immune system
Symptoms of thrush
For men, the most common symptoms of thrush are:
- white discharge under the foreskin, often referred to looking like cottage cheese
- an unpleasant smell
- burning, redness, and irritation under the foreskin and around the head of the penis
- difficulty or pain when pulling back the foreskin
If you get thrush on another area of the skin, the skin may be itchy, red, or painful. Thrush looks like a rash and may have yellow or white discharge. This rash is harder to spot on darker skin. Male thrush can sometimes have no symptoms at all.
Thrush can affect moist, warm areas of the body, as this is an ideal place for it to grow. Male thrush is when this affects the penis.
We provide one male thrush treatment, which is clotrimazole. This is an effective treatment against the fungus that causes thrush. Clotrimazole is often found under the brand name Canesten. The active ingredient (medication) clotrimazole is an antifungal treatment. This can fight the cause of the infection, getting rid of male thrush. In men, it is used as an external cream that can be applied to the infected area.
Clotrimazole can treat thrush within a week but you should use the treatment for up to 2 weeks. This is to stop the infection coming back. Symptoms should get better within 3 days. Clotrimazole is suitable for most men, but speak to a doctor if you have any open sores on the penis or if this is the first time you have had thrush.
Make sure to only use the treatment on external skin. Apply clotrimazole 2 to 3 times daily, using a thin layer each time. Make sure to rub it in gently and always wash your hands before and after use.
Yes, you can get male thrush treatment over the counter but this will not be prescribed by a doctor. The best way to treat your thrush is with a review from a doctor, as they can make sure the treatment is right for you. With our service, you can get male thrush treatment prescribed and sent to your home with free delivery, so you do not even have to leave your home.
The most common side effects of male thrush treatment are:
- pain, itching, or burning on the infected area
- irritated, red skin
These are also some common symptoms of thrush but if the cream keeps making your thrush symptoms worse, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist. Try using smaller amounts of clotrimazole cream, in case you are using too much.
There are not any rare side effects of clotrimazole but there is always a risk of a serious allergic reaction, as with any medication. If you get a skin rash, begin to wheeze, or have trouble breathing, these are signs of an allergic reaction. If this happens, you should go to A&E or call 999 right away.
Clotrimazole can be used by most men but you should speak to your doctor first if you have:
- never had thrush before
- had thrush more than 2 times in a 6 month period
- open sores on the penis
- abnormal discharge
- had an STI
- an allergy to any ingredients in the medication
There are no medications that will interact with clotrimazole cream, when used as a male thrush treatment on the skin. You can drink alcohol while using this treatment. It is recommended to avoid sex until your thrush has cleared. Clotrimazole cream can also damage some forms of contraception, such as latex diaphragms and condoms. You should make sure you or your partner are using additional contraception when using this cream, and for 5 days after you have finished.
Dr Kathryn Basford
Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.Meet our doctors
Article created: 31 Aug 2021
Last reviewed: 31 Aug 2021
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