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What is thrush?

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In brief: Thrush

Almost all women have the fungus Candida albicans growing harmlessly on and in their bodies.
However,when it grows excessively, it causes thrush (vaginal candidiasis). Irritation and soreness of the vulva are the usual symptoms, sometimes but not always, accompanied by a thick, white vaginal discharge. If left untreated, the irritation can spread to the area between the buttocks. Passing urine and intercourse can be painful.

Pregnancy, menstruation, diabetes, wearing tight underwear and antibiotics are all possible triggers of an attack of thrush.

Most thrush infections respond to one of the antifungal treatments such as clotrimazole creams and pessaries (eg Canestan), or fluconazole (Diflucan) tablets, that are available from your doctor. You may also ask your pharmacist for advice. If the treatment doesn’t work or the symptoms return, see your doctor. Antifungal drugs or a longer course of fluconazole tablets may be prescribed. Theres no good evidence that treating a womans partner helps, unless he has a rash or soreness of the penis.

Wearing cotton pants, changed daily, and avoiding harsh soaps, bubble baths and deodorants may help prevent thrush. Vaginal douches are not recommended to treat or prevent vaginal infections, including thrush, as they disturb the natural, and protective, acidity of the vagina.

In brief: Thrush

Almost all women have the fungus Candida albicans growing harmlessly on and in their bodies.
However,when it grows excessively, it causes thrush (vaginal candidiasis). Irritation and soreness of the vulva are the usual symptoms, sometimes but not always, accompanied by a thick, white vaginal discharge. If left untreated, the irritation can spread to the area between the buttocks. Passing urine and intercourse can be painful.

Pregnancy, menstruation, diabetes, wearing tight underwear and antibiotics are all possible triggers of an attack of thrush.

Most thrush infections respond to one of the antifungal treatments such as clotrimazole creams and pessaries (eg Canestan), or fluconazole (Diflucan) tablets, that are available from your doctor. You may also ask your pharmacist for advice. If the treatment doesn’t work or the symptoms return, see your doctor. Antifungal drugs or a longer course of fluconazole tablets may be prescribed. Theres no good evidence that treating a womans partner helps, unless he has a rash or soreness of the penis.

Wearing cotton pants, changed daily, and avoiding harsh soaps, bubble baths and deodorants may help prevent thrush. Vaginal douches are not recommended to treat or prevent vaginal infections, including thrush, as they disturb the natural, and protective, acidity of the vagina.
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