Thrush

Thrush is a yeast infection that is caused by a fungus called Candida albicans. This fungus is often present harmlessly on the skin but it can cause a problem when it multiplies rapidly. The medical term for this condition is candidiasis. It affects both men and women.

In men, thrush can cause redness and itching of the penis. It is a mild infection and can quickly clear up with medications available on MedsNow.

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Fluconazole

Fluconazole is a medication used to treat fungal and yeast infections. Fluconazole is an effective antifungal treatment for thrush in men and women. It treats infections and symptoms such as itching, soreness, and changes in discharge.

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Daktarin Sugar Free Oral Gel

Daktarin is an antifungal medication for fungal infections of the skin and nails. This is also an effective treatment for oral and genital thrush. Daktarin Sugar Free 2% Oral Gel has miconazole which clears the infection, reduce symptoms and discomfort.

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Canesbalance

Canesbalance is a beneficial lactic acid and glycogen-based gel that helps to treat the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. Its triple-action benefit includes rebalancing pH level, diminishing unpleasant odour and abnormal discharge, and supporting the growth of healthy vaginal bacteria.

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Thrush is a yeast infection that can develop in the mouth, throat, skin, and specifically on the genitals. Though yeast infections on genitals are more common in women, they also occur in men. 

This disease can be transferred but it isn’t classified as a sexually transmitted disease. This is because the organism that causes thrush is always in and on your body and usually isn’t acquired from another person. Only when the fungus starts growing uncontrollably, it causes thrush. 

Thrush in men can target the head of the penis. It is a mild infection and can be treated easily with medication.

Male thrush is caused by a fungus which is a natural resident of the body. It can grow faster than the body’s immune defences in warm and moist settings. This leads to the overgrowth of yeast and causes thrush. 

It can commonly occur in the mouth, throat, and oesophagus (also known as oral thrush), folds in the skin, armpits, between the fingers, underneath the foreskin, and on the head of the penis.

Factors that increase the chances of thrush:

  • Poor hygiene 

  • A weakened immune system can be a result of severe infections like HIV infection or cancer treatments

  • Obesity 

  • Diabetes 

  • Prolonged use of antibiotics

It usually affects the head of the penis and causes irritation, redness, and discharge. 

Symptoms of Male Thrush

It is common to have thrush and not show any symptoms. However, most men show the following thrush symptoms:

  • Red rash at the tip of the penis

  • Inflammation of penis’s tip

  • Soreness or itching of penis

  • Pain or discomfort while urinating or having sex

  • Difficulty in retracting the foreskin

  • A discharge from the end of the penis

Do not use perfumed soaps and body washes on your intimate areas as scented ones can irritate the skin. Avoid stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your immune system strong.

There are different treatment options for this fungal infection and it can be cured within a few weeks. Topical creams are the most common type of treatment. They must be applied to the infected area as prescribed by the doctor. The topical creams prevent the overgrowth of the yeast and help in restoring the balance of microorganisms in your body. Other treatment options also include oral medication where you can take pills to control male thrush. 

  • Canesten Thrush External Cream

  • Fluconazole

Small amounts of candida fungus are present in the mouth and digestive tract along with the skin. It is usually kept under control by other bacteria in the body but it can start multiplying rapidly due to illnesses or certain medications. 

When that happens in the mouth, it leads to oral thrush in men. This yeast infection can be treated using our range of medications.

It is common for candida fungus to live in your mouth without any effects. However, if the immune system is compromised or the balance of microorganisms is disrupted, the fungus can grow out of control causing oral thrush. 

Other causes include: 

  • Poor oral hygiene

  • Taking a high dose of antibiotics for a long time

  • Wearing dentures, especially if they don’t fit properly

  • Having a dry mouth due to some medication or medical condition

  • Smoking

  • Chemotherapy or radiotherapy to treat cancer

Symptoms of oral thrush

  • White patches in the mouth 

  • Loss of taste or unpleasant taste in the mouth

  • Redness in the mouth and throat

  • Painful and burning sensation in the mouth

  • Cracks at the corner of the lips

Oral thrush can be treated with the right medication and proper mouth care. Once you begin the treatment, oral thrush will go away in a couple of weeks. 

Oral thrush treatment includes:

  • Daktarin Sugar Free Oral Gel

  1. Are there any complications from thrush in men?

Thrush is usually a mild and easily treated condition. However, for people who have a weak immune system, it may spread to their blood, which can cause more severe problems. 

  1. What should I do if I think I have thrush?

Consult a doctor if you think you have thrush. You can also take over-the-counter medication like thrush cream or thrush tablets which are easily available at the online pharmacy store MedsNow

  1. How can I avoid getting thrush?

You can prevent penis thrush by cleaning your penis regularly with soap and water, but avoid using perfumed soaps as they can cause irritation. Always dry your penis properly after washing. Use a condom while having sex with your partner if they have thrush.

  1. How does a male get thrush?

Thrush is caused by a fungus that lives naturally in or on our body. However, when they multiply to a stage where they cause symptoms, it may lead to a yeast infection. It may also be a result of hot and sweaty conditions where the fungus on the penis can multiply rapidly. It is advisable to wear cotton clothes to prevent this. 

  1. Can thrush go away on its own?

A mild case of yeast infection in men may go on its own but it is always better to take medication for it. This ensures proper treatment without leading to recurring thrush. 

  1. How do I get rid of thrush fast?

Taking the right medication is a sure-shot way of getting rid of thrush. 

  1. How do doctors treat thrush?

Doctors usually prescribe ointments or oral medication to treat thrush. You can order them from MedsNow with ease.

  1. How long does male thrush take to clear up?

With proper treatment, it takes about 14 days for thrush to clear up. Without treatment, it can take three to eight weeks. 

  1. How common is male thrush?

Thrush is less common in men as compared to women but many men can get it. 

  1. Can thrush be passed on sexually?

Thrush can be passed on sexually from one infected partner to another, however, it isn’t classified as a sexually transmitted infection. 

  1. What happens if thrush is left untreated?

Usually, thrush resolves on its own even if it’s untreated but those with a compromised immune system can be at greater risk. It is advisable to take medication for thrush as it can be treated in as little as 14 days. 

  1. Does stress cause thrush?

Stress can weaken our immune system, which can flare up the candida fungus leading to thrush. It is, however, not a common occurrence.

  1. Is oral thrush painful?

Oral thrush causes white or yellow patches to form on the inner cheeks and tongue. These patches can bleed and be painful. Take oral thrush treatment for quick recovery. 

  1. Can Oral thrush be prevented?

You can prevent oral thrush by rinsing your mouth after meals and brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups, even if you don’t have any natural teeth or wear dentures. 

  1. Is oral thrush contagious?

Thrush in the mouth isn’t considered to be contagious but it can be transmitted. Healthy people are not at risk but it can be contagious to those at risk. This includes people with a weakened immune system or when they are on certain medications. 

  1. How long does oral thrush last without treatment?

If left untreated, oral thrush will take about three to eight weeks to resolve on its own. However, with the right oral thrush treatment, it can be resolved in two weeks. 

  1. What does oral thrush look like?

Oral thrush causes milky white lesions on the tongue, inner cheeks, and on the roof of your mouth. The lesions are slightly raised and have a cottage-cheese like appearance. Oral thrush symptoms also include cause redness, burning, or soreness in the mouth that may make it difficult to eat or swallow. 

  1. What causes oral thrush in babies?

Thrush in babies is common when they come in touch with the fungus during delivery. It can also be caused by hormonal changes in the body, wrong sterilization, and cleaning of milk bottles, or through breastfed milk if the mother is taking certain antibiotics. 

  1. Why does oral thrush keep coming back?

A weak immune system, hormonal changes, illnesses like diabetes, and certain antibiotics can lead to recurring thrush. 

  1. Who treats oral thrush?

Your primary care provider like a family practitioner or even a dentist can treat oral thrush. For severe cases, you may have to consult with an infectious-disease specialist and take oral thrush medication. 

 

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