What is Clotrimazole?
Clotrimazole is an antifungal medication which is effective against yeast infections. Yeast infections, including thrush, are caused by the fungus Candida Albicans. Symptoms of thrush include:
- Redness, itching or burning around the head of the penis and under the foreskin
- A white discharge akin to cottage cheese
- An unpleasant smell
- Difficulty pulling the foreskin back
What are yeast infections?
When the Candida fungus proliferates it causes yeast infections. Candida normally lives in the body without causing problems e.g. in the gut, but when it grows too quickly it can be harmful and cause an infection. Many different factors can precipitate this including antibiotics stress and excessive moisture, which create favorable conditions for Candida to grow. The common symptoms outlined above for thrush can be a cause of discomfort. It is important to get treated to avoid complications like further infection, fatigue, and recurrence.
What causes male yeast infections?
When Candida albicans proliferates, it can cause a yeast infection. Candida normally lives in the body without causing problems (e.g. in the gut), but when it multiplies too quickly, it can be harmful and cause an infection. Many different factors can precipitate this, including antibiotics, stress, excessive moisture and corticosteroid use, which can create favorable conditions for Candida to grow. Additionally, individuals with underlying medical issues such as diabetes or any condition affecting the immune system, may be more prone to developing thrush.
Thrush is normally a superficial infection, however, left untreated it can cause significant complications. Complications of thrush, although uncommon in healthy individuals, may include bacterial skin infections or an infection which invades the blood, valves of the heart and even the brain.
How does Clotrimazole cream work?
Clotrimazole kills the yeast, Candida, by creating holes in its cell membrane. This causes the contents of the cell to leak out and the yeast to die. As a result, the infection clears up.
How long does it take for Clotrimazole cream to work?
Normally your thrush should clear within 1 week. Make sure you use the medicine regularly as advised to ensure the best chance of treatment success.