I have a male friend who seems to have thrush. I wanted to know if he can use Canesten before I suggest he gives it a go.
Thrush is a yeast infection that is common in women, but can affect men too. It’s caused by an overgrowth of the yeast candida albicans. While it isn’t classed as a sexually transmitted infection, it’s possible for people who have thrush to (re)infect their partners. Find out more about male thrush in this article.
The makers of Canesten thrush cream say that men can indeed use the cream. The active ingredient in Canesten is called clotrimazole. There are other brands of creams available besides Canesten that contain clotrimazole – your doctor or pharmacist will be able to advise you on this.
If a man thinks he has thrush, then it’s best for him to see his local doctor (GP) to get an actual diagnosis. This is because there are a range of conditions affecting the penis that may be mistaken for thrush. You can read more about various causes of inflammation of the penis here.