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Thrush for Men
Thrush for Men

The Doctor Service offers the most popular male thrush prevetion options - Canestan, Cotrimazole, Daktarin.
If you are a man and you think you might have thrush the treatments we offer may be right for you. Please read the information below before starting a consultation. You will be guided through consultations to ensure the medication is right for you. 

  • Canesten (Clotrimazole)
  • Canesten HC
  • Clotrimazole
  • Daktarin
Canesten Clotrimazole Cream 1% 
Canesten Clotrimazole Cream 1%
Canesten Clotrimazole Cream 1%
  • £11.50
     
  • £20.00
     
 
  • Key Information
  • Effectiveness
  • Side Effects
  • Full patient info leaflet
  • Key Information
    Clotrimazole is a commonly used treatment for thrush in men and women. Canesten is the most widely known brand.
     
  • How it works
    Clotrimazole kills fungal infections by interfering with the cell wall growth of the microorganisms.
     
  • How To Use
    You can use the treatment for up to 2 weeks but we recommend a 7 day course which is usually sufficient. You need to apply 2-3 times per day.
     
  • Effectiveness
    It is a very commonly used treatment for many different types of fungal infections and effective in most cases. If it is ineffective then you should consider a different preparation, or have a review with a health professional in person.
     
  • Side Effects
    It is a well-tolerated medication with usually minimal side effects. Some people may experience mild irritation or mild redness, but this does not occur in most people.
     
  • Allergy
    You should stop using this medication if you develop signs of a serious allergy. Symptoms include swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms may include diarrhoea, cramps, severe burning, peeling of skin or itching. You should seek medical attention from a health professional as soon as possible. This is a precautionary message for people taking any new medicine.
     
  • Check the Patient Information Leaflet
    Check the Patient Information Leaflet for more information on potential side effects.
     
  • Reporting Side Effects
    You can report side effects directly to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) via the link www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
     
Canesten HC (Clotrimazole + Hydrocortisone 1%) 
Canesten HC (Clotrimazole + Hydrocortisone 1%)
Canesten HC (Clotrimazole + Hydrocortisone 1%)
  • £18.00
     
 
  • Key Information
  • Effectiveness
  • Side Effects
  • Full patient info leaflet
  • Ingredients
    Canesten HC contains 2 main active ingredients. Clotrimazole 1% and Hydrocortisone 1%.
     
  • How it works
    Clotrimazole works as an anti-fungal, while the hydrocortisone helps as a mild anti-inflammatory agent.
     
  • why add in the steroid?
    This medicine may be more useful than clotrimazole on its own if you are experiencing inflammation or more irritation of the skin.
     
  • Brand
    Canesten HC is the brand name for this medication.
     
  • Effectiveness
    It is a very commonly used treatment and is effective in most cases. If it is not effective then we recommend you seek a further review with a health professional in person so they can examine and determine whether any different treatment is required.
     
  • Side Effects
    It is a well-tolerated medication with usually minimal side effects. Some people may experience mild irritation or mild redness, but this does not occur in most people.
     
  • Steroid over-use
    Steroids can cause thinning of the skin if they are over-used. However hydrocortisone 1% is a very low dose steroid so this risk is very low. You should not use the cream for more than 10 days to prevent this from occurring.
     
  • Allergy
    You should stop using this medication if you develop signs of a serious allergy. Symptoms include swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms may include diarrhoea, cramps, severe burning, peeling of skin or itching. You should seek medical attention from a health professional as soon as possible. This is a precautionary message for people taking any new medicine.
     
  • Check the Patient Information Leaflet
    Check the Patient Information Leaflet for more information on potential side effects.
     
  • Reporting Side Effects
    You can report side effects directly to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) via the link www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
     
Clotrimazole 1% Cream 
Clotrimazole 1% Cream
Clotrimazole 1% Cream
  • £15.00
     
 
  • Key Information
  • Effectiveness
  • Side Effects
  • Full patient info leaflet
  • Key Information
    Clotrimazole is a commonly used treatment for thrush in men and women.
     
  • How it works
    Clotrimazole kills fungal infections by intefering with the cell wall growth of the microorganisms.
     
  • How To Use
    You can use the treatment for up to 2 weeks but we recommend a 7 day course which is usually sufficient. You need to apply 2-3 times per day.
     
  • Effectiveness
    It is a very commonly used treatment for many different types of fungal infections and effective in most cases. If it is ineffective then you should consider a different preparation, or have a review with a health professional in person.
     
  • Side Effects
    It is a well-tolerated medication with usually minimal side effects. Some people may experience mild irritation or mild redness, but this does not occur in most people.
     
  • Allergy
    You should stop using this medication if you develop signs of a serious allergy. Symptoms include swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms may include diarrhoea, cramps, severe burning, peeling of skin or itching. You should seek medical attention from a health professional as soon as possible. This is a precautionary message for people taking any new medicine.
     
  • Check the Patient Information Leaflet
    Check the Patient Information Leaflet for more information on potential side effects.
     
  • Reporting Side Effects
    You can report side effects directly to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) via the link www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
     
Daktarin (Miconazole) 2% 
Daktarin (Miconazole) 2%
Daktarin (Miconazole) 2%
  • £17.00
     
 
  • Key Information
  • Effectiveness
  • Side Effects
  • Full patient info leaflet
  • Key Information
    Daktarin contains the active ingredient miconazole. It is less commonly used to treat thrush than clotrimazole.
     
  • How it works
    Daktarin kills fungal infections by interfering with the cell wall growth of the microorganisms.
     
  • How To Use
    You can use the treatment for up to 2 weeks but we recommend a 7 day course which is usually sufficient. You need to apply 2-3 times per day.
     
  • Effectiveness
    It is a very commonly used treatment for many different types of fungal infections and effective in most cases. If it is ineffective then you should consider a different preparation, or have a review with a health professional in person.
     
  • Side Effects
    It is a well-tolerated medication with usually minimal side effects. Some people may experience mild irritation or mild redness, but this does not occur in most people.
     
  • Allergy
    You should stop using this medication if you develop signs of a serious allergy. Symptoms include swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue or difficulty breathing. Other symptoms may include diarrhoea, cramps, severe burning, peeling of skin or itching. You should seek medical attention from a health professional as soon as possible. This is a precautionary message for people taking any new medicine.
     
  • Check the Patient Information Leaflet
    Check the Patient Information Leaflet for more information on potential side effects.
     
  • Reporting Side Effects
    You can report side effects directly to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) via the link www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
     
Thrush in men

Thrush is a term used interchangeably with Candidiasis which is the medical term. Although more common in women, it happens in men too.

We are able to provide a quick, discreet and convenient service withouth having to speak to someone about your symptoms. 

Thrush symptoms
The most common symptoms of thrush are redness and itching around the end of the penis known as the glans. Often there are bits of discharge under the foreskin which may occur if you have not been circumcised.

Common symptoms of thrush
  • Redness around the glans
  • Itching and irritation
  • Unpleasant smell
  • Discharge under foreskin
Sometimes there are no symptoms of thrush, and your partner may have symptoms of thrush, or be getting recurrent bouts of thrush.

If your partner is getting recurrent thrush, then it may be time to trial treatment just in case you have thrush that isn’t being recognised.
Could there be another cause?
Thrush symptoms can sometimes mimic other rarer conditions including psoriasis, lichen planus, penile intraepithelial neoplasia and dermatitis.

It is appropriate to trial thrush treatment as this is the most likely cause but if you have had treatment recently and it did not work, we recommend you seek further advice from a health professional. 

It is importatn not to confuse your symptoms with other infections, such as common sexually transmitted infections, as they require very different treatments.

If you experience:
  • New swelling of the penis
  • New problems pulling the foreskin back
  • Pain when passing urine
  • Discharge coming from the urethra (where urine exits the penis)
  • Sores or ulcers around the penis
  • Fever, chills or high temperature – seek help same day if this is occurring.
You may have an alternative diagnosis if you have these symptoms, and you should speak to a health professional in person to determine what the cause of your symptoms are.
Is there an underlying problem?
Thrush can sometimes be a sign of an underlying problem, so if you are getting recurrent thrush then you should consider whether something else could be causing this.

Examples of possible underlying problems include:
  • Sexual intercourse with someone who has ongoing thrush
  • Diabetes
  • Immunodeficiency conditions including HIV
While we may be able to provide treatment for you today, recurrent thrush should be discussed further with a health professional.
Treatment options
Treating thrush in men is relatively straight-forward. It is important though that if you do get treatment, that your partner(s) are treated too.

We offer cream-based treatments but do not prescribe tablets, as we recommend that you have your symptoms checked with a health professional first. This is because of the risk of side effects related to the tablet.
Which treatment is right for you?
The main choices between the treatments are whether to add in hydrocortisone, and whether to use clotrimazole or miconazole.

The most commonly used anti-fungal is clotrimazole, so if you don’t have a preference, we recommend clotrimazole cream.

The decision about whether to use a mixed preparation with hydrocortisone (a corticosteroid) is whether there is much inflammation, itching and flaking.

If you have these symptoms and it is a lot, then we recommend using a preparation with hydrocortisone within it. If not, then an anti-fungal on its own should be fine.

The amount of steroid in the cream is safe to use. You should not use steroid creams long term – i.e. more than 2 weeks as this can cause significant thinning of the skin, which could cause more problems.
When to Seek Further Help
We have mentioned a few of these above.

Here is a summary:
  • If you have symptoms not suggestive of thrush:
    • e.g. fever, chills
    • discharge coming from urethra
    • pain passing urine
  • If you are getting recurrent episodes of thrush
  • If treatment provided is not working
If you would like to try treatment for your symptoms then click a medication and start consultation to proceed.

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