Symptoms of thrush in women:
- White odourless discharge in and around the vagina (usually described like cottage cheese)
- Itching in or around the vagina. Itching can be mild to extreme where there is a strong urge to scratch the area for relief (it is important to avoid scratching the area)
- Soreness during sex, or when you urinate
Symptoms of thrush in men:
- White, smelly discharge (also described like cottage cheese)
- Redness and irritation around the head of the penis and under the foreskin, making it difficult to pull back
Is thrush contagious?
Thrush is not usually contagious, but sometimes can be passed on through sexual intercourse. It is best to abstain from sexual activity until your symptoms have cleared.
Speak with your local Day Lewis pharmacist about the symptoms you are experiencing. The pharmacist may recommend antifungal medication to clear the infection in the form of a tablet, or pessary to be inserted into the vagina. A cream can also be used to relieve the itching and irritation. Symptoms should clear within 1-2 weeks.
If you would like to speak with the pharmacist in private, we have consultation rooms available. If it is not clear that you have thrush, you may need to see your GP for an examination.