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Treatments for thrush in men

Looking after yourself

If you have thrush in and around the penis, practising good hygiene can help to clear up the infection.

  • Clean the infected area carefully, preferably in the shower rather than a bath. Make sure you dry the area well by patting it rather than rubbing it. This will help reduce the build-up of moisture in the area and make it more difficult for the fungus to survive.
  • Don’t use sprays, soaps, oils, disinfectants, shower gels or deodorants around the affected area, as these can cause further irritation.
  • Avoid sharing your towels.
  • Wear loose-fitting cotton underwear to help to keep your genitals dry and cool, and prevent the build-up of the fungus.

You should also visit a pharmacy where you can buy an anti-fungal cream or a single dose pill. Make sure you follow the dosage information on the patient information leaflet that comes with the medicine.

If you are in pain, get advice on pain relief medicines you can take.

At any stage if you are unsure you have thrush or your condition worsens or doesn’t improve see your General Practitioner. Delaying treatment can make the condition worse and increase the risk of infecting others.

About sex

If you have thrush, avoid sex until the infection has cleared up. This is because the symptoms can be spread or be made worse as a result of sex.

If you do have sex while you are treating the condition, use a condom to ensure that you don’t pass the infection on to your partner. This will also protect you from other sexually transmitted infections.

See also information on vaginal thrush and oral thrush.

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Last reviewed: April 2017

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