Thrush can affect men as well as women. Thrush affecting the penis can be treated easily, with similar medication to vaginal thrush treatment.
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Treatment is available online at Superdrug Online Doctor for anyone with thrush symptoms affecting the penis, provided it is suitable for you.
This service is not available if you are:
You can get treatment online through Superdrug Online Doctor. You don’t need a doctor to have already told you that you have thrush. As long as you think you’re having thrush symptoms you can get assessed for treatment.
To get treatment you place an order and complete an assessment so a doctor can approve treatment for you.
You need a prescription from a doctor for treating a penile thrush infection. SD offers a convenient service which allows you to order prescription medication online.
To place an order:
The most common side effect of Clotrimazole cream is a mild burning sensation or a slight irritation when you apply the cream.
Other side effects of Clotrimazole cream are:
Very rarely, a severe allergic reaction to Clotrimazole can occur. If you experience any signs such as a severe rash, difficulty breathing, swelling of the tongue, eyelids or face, seek immediate medical attention from your nearest A&E department.
Thrush is a yeast infection. The medical term for thrush is candidiasis.
It can affect both men and women, although it is more common in women.
Despite thrush affecting your genitals, it is not classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Thrush can affect other parts of your skin such as armpits, groin and between your fingers.
Often, antifungal treatment is needed to clear your thrush. With treatment it usually clears up within a week.
Thrush is caused by the fungus, candida albicans. It is found naturally on your body and can live in your gut, mouth or genitals. Most of the time it causes no problems, but occasionally it can overgrow and cause an infection.
In men, thrush can affect the head of your penis causing irritation, redness and a white discharge.
The following factors increase your risk of getting a penile thrush infection:
Thrush is not classed as a STI and is generally not considered infectious or contagious. It is unusual for thrush to be passed on during sex.
Sometimes having sex can trigger a thrush infection. Having sex can also prolong your infection and allow your symptoms to return. Thrush treatment can also weaken condoms, so it is best to apply treatment after you have sex if you are using condoms.
It is best to avoid having sex until you have finished your course of treatment and your infection has cleared up.
Common symptoms are:
Sometimes you may not experience any symptoms of a thrush infection.
Having a thrush infection doesn’t affect your fertility. It also doesn’t affect your sexual function but you may not feel like having sex whilst you have an infection.
Occasionally thrush can cause balanitis, which causes inflammation and irritation on the head of your penis or foreskin. It is easily treatable with steroid creams or ointments.
Some people have recurrent thrush infections, which can occur more than twice over six months. You may need treatment for longer if you have recurrent thrush. It is important to see your GP or sexual health clinic if you have recurrent thrush as there may be an underlying cause which they can identify.
If thrush is left untreated or the infection does not clear up by itself, then it can spread to other parts of your body. It is extremely rare that a simple thrush infection will cause any permanent damage. Speak to your doctor if you are concerned.
In rare cases the infection can invade certain medical devices inserted in your body, such as a urinary catheter and enter your bloodstream. Once the infection enters your bloodstream it can affect your kidneys, lungs, brain or other organs and cause serious complications. This is very rare and usually only affects people who are very ill with conditions that weaken their immune system.
If you have thrush symptoms then you should get assessed by a doctor. In most cases you will need antifungal treatment. If it is not clear your infection is thrush then your doctor may consider further tests.
Treatment is important because it prevents the infection from spreading and causing other problems.
It is important to get a diagnosis of thrush from a doctor when getting treatment as some of the symptoms are similar to the following conditions:
STI’s or urinary tract infections need antibiotic or antiviral treatment as the infections are commonly caused by bacteria or viruses. If your doctor suspects your infection is not thrush, then you would need alternative treatment.
At Superdrug Online Doctor we offer Clotrimazole cream for treatment of your thrush.
Clotrimazole belongs to a class of medicines called 'imidazole antifungals'. Clotrimazole stops the fungus surviving by breaking down its membranes.
The usual dosage is applying the cream two or three times daily for up to two weeks.
A small pack of Clotrimazole cream is available to buy from pharmacies, but its only licensed for the treatment of skin infections.
Speak to your doctor if your thrush is recurrent as you may need alternative treatment for a longer period of time. This can be for up to six months.
Our service doesn’t offer other topical or oral antifungal treatments such as fluconazole, which are usually reserved for more serious or resistant infections.
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