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Male thrush: causes and symptoms

Learn more about male thrush symptoms, prevention, and yeast infection treatments.

Thrush in men 

Thrush is a common condition that affects both men and women. It is caused by an overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus, Candida albicans. Most people, who develop a yeast infection are healthy, but the natural balance of their skin flora has been disturbed.  

In men, thrush symptoms can be similar to those of a sexually transmitted disease. Some of the male thrush symptoms include burning, itching or other irritation under the foreskin or on the tip of the penis, redness of the head of the penis and a tight foreskin. 

Don’t worry too much if you come in contact with vaginal thrush; Although it’s not an STI, it can be passed back and forth during sex. A weakened immune system, antibiotics or diabetes may make men more susceptible. The following can increase the risk of men getting thrush.

  • If you are taking antibiotics

  • If you are feeling run down 

  • If you are not drying your penis carefully after washing

  • If you use fragranced soaps and shower gels which may irritate the penis 

How to prevent and treat male thrush 

Although a penile yeast infection is easily treated, it is always advised to take precautionary steps to lower the risk of developing one. Ensuring proper hygiene and going for loose-fitting, breathable clothing are some of the simplest and most effective actions to help you prevent male thrush.  

You have been careful but still got thrush? Don’t worry – thrush is effectively treated with over-the-counter medication, which should relieve the symptoms. Male thrush can be treated with Canesten external cream. Canesten® Thrush Cream is useful to help with prevention of re-infection and can be applied to the head of the penis 2-3 times daily.

Take a look at some additional prevention tips: 

  • Wear loose clothes and breathable cotton underwear that is not too tight 

  • Avoid using aggressive perfumed soaps or shower gels on your genitals 

  • Clean your penis regularly and dry it properly after washing 

  • Take a shower instead of long baths