Thrush Treatment

What is thrush?

Thrush is a common yeast infection caused by an organism known as Candida albicans. It affects both men and woman and whilst usually found in genital areas, thrush can also affect other body parts such as the mouth (oral thrush), between toes and armpits. Thrush is known to thrive in warm, moist areas of the body.

When the natural pH balance of your body is disrupted, the Candida organism can grow rapidly, which causes the infection. Typically, those with weakened immune systems are more at risk of developing thrush.

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.

Thrush Treatment:

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.

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