Fluconazole: thrush treatment for men

Why Fluconazole is the first-line treatment for penile yeast infections

Thrush is a fungal infection that can appear on almost any part of the body. The fungal infection is contagious so it can spread across different areas. The thrush fungus thrives in warm moist conditions, so it is particularly likely to present on the penis.

What treatments are available for male thrush?

Fluconazole is the primary medication prescribed to treat thrush on the penis. Fluconazole helps to fight the infection, so the tissues can quickly return to normal. 

While Fluconazole is effective at treating thrush, you also need to practice good hygiene to make it disappear faster and ensure it does not spread. The best hygienic practice is to wash the affected areas thoroughly with warm, soapy water each day. It is better to take a shower than a bath, as the bathwater can carry the fungus to other parts of the body while the shower will wash spores away. Do not scrub vigorously but rather gently to avoid causing irritation. Also avoid using any scented soaps or shampoos to reduce the risk of irritation. Thrush thrives in moisture, so make sure you dry the affected area thoroughly. If you are drying your whole body, dry the infected area last and do not reuse the towel before washing it. This will help prevent the thrush from passing to other parts of your body. 

What is Fluconazole?

Fluconazole is most commonly available in tablet form. It works by destroying the enzymes within the body, that the fungal cells need to thrive. This can therefore create some temporary hormonal imbalances, but it is still the most effective way to get rid of thrush. 

What are the side effects of Fluconazole?

Fluconazole can cause temporary hormonal imbalances. These can lead to digestive issues within the body, creating a few minor side effects. The most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, flatulence and diarrhoea. But the side effects should go away over time as your body adjusts to the medication. If you experience persistent or worsening symptoms, you should talk to your doctor about alternative thrush treatments.

Can I have sex when I have thrush?

It is best to avoid having sex if you have thrush. This will help prevent it from spreading to other parts of your body or to your partner. However, if you do have sex while thrush is present, you should use a condom and avoid touching the thrush directly.

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