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Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

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Thrush is a type of yeast infection that most women will get at some point in their lives and while less common - it can also affect men.

While it can be uncomfortable and painful to deal with, thrush is usually fairly easy to treat using anti-fungal medication. However, in some cases, women may suffer from repeated bouts of thrush and it may be more difficult to treat.

Since the symptoms of thrush can be confused with sexually transmitted infections and other conditions, it’s important to consult a GP to discuss your symptoms and ensure you get the right kind of medication.

Our doctors can talk through your symptoms, provide advice on how to prevent thrush and if necessary, prescribe medication to help treat the condition.

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Vaginal Thrush: Symptoms & Causes

When experiencing a bout of thrush, it’s common to experience:

  • Itching
  • Soreness
  • Mucus leaking from the vagina
  • Pain when urinating
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

In some cases, there can also be inflammation of the skin around the vagina, as well as cracking and sometimes sores (although these are usually more common in cases of sexually transmitted diseases).

Thrush is caused by a type of fungus called Candida. This is normally present in small amounts around the vagina, but when the conditions are right, Candida will multiply rapidly, spreading into the vagina and causing symptoms.

Several issues can put you at greater risk of getting thrush, including:

  • Pregnancy
  • Taking birth control pills
  • HIV
  • Being on your period
  • Diabetes
  • Finishing a course of antibiotics
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Treating Thrush

Thrush can be treated with either prescription medication or over-the-counter treatments you can get from a pharmacy.

It’s treated using anti-fungal medication, which can take the form of a cream, pessary (a type of pill that’s inserted directly into the vagina) or a capsule that you swallow.

If it’s your first time experiencing thrush, you’re not sure if you have it or you’re experiencing repeated infections - it’s best to see a GP.

Our doctors will be able to diagnose thrush and recommend the right type of medication, as well as offering advice on how to prevent further attacks.

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