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What are the symptoms of thrush?
Thrush is a common yeast infection that can affect both men and women.
It can be an uncomfortable or embarrassing issue, but it isn’t caused by poor hygiene and it’s not sexually transmitted. The symptoms of vaginal thrush include:
- White vaginal discharge that may resemble a ‘cottage cheese’ texture. This is usually odourless.
- Itching and irritation around the vagina
- Vaginal pain during sex
- A stinging sensation when urinating
There are a lot of different types of vaginal infection and it may be confusing to try and figure out if you’ve got thrush or not.
If you’re unsure, see your GP or visit a sexual health clinic for advice.
Vaginal infections are nothing to be embarrassed about and they can be cleared up quickly and effectively with the right treatment.
Can you use thrush tablets and cream at once?
When you’ve got thrush, you’ll need to treat the infection with fluconazole, but how do you relieve the itching and discomfort?
Alongside fluconazole, you can use an external cream called clotrimazole to soothe your symptoms while the infection is clearing up.
There are also vaginal pessaries, soft gel pessaries and internal creams that can be used to relieve the symptoms of thrush.
Can men get thrush?
If you’re a man who doesn’t know very much about thrush, then you might be feeling a little confused right now.
Can men even get thrush? Isn’t it a vaginal infection?
Well, I’m sorry my male friends, but when it comes to thrush you can suffer just as much as the ladies, as this infection doesn’t discriminate by gender.
Yes, men can get thrush and not just around their penis, but in other areas such as their mouth too.
What causes vaginal thrush?
Yeast infections aren’t a sign of bad hygiene, and women are more likely to develop thrush if they’re pregnant, sexually active, taking antibiotics, have a weakened immune system or poorly managed diabetes.
The symptoms of vaginal thrush include itching and soreness in the vagina, discharge which is usually odourless but may resemble cottage cheese, and pain during sex or urination.