What is thrush?
Thrush is a yeast infection that affects both men and women. It is a particularly common infection in women, with around 75% of women suffering thrush at least once in their lifetime. There are various different kinds of thrush, such as oral and vaginal thrush. However, it can also affect other areas of your body, like the armpits, groin and between your fingers. This type of thrush often results in a red, itchy or painful rash that scales over with white or yellow discharge.
In some cases, you may not exhibit any thrush symptoms at all.
Thrush is not classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but it can be very uncomfortable and be passed on through having sex. It is also quite common for thrush to come back more than once.
Thrush symptoms are similar for both men and women.
For women, symptoms of thrush include:
- Thick, white discharge (like cottage cheese)
- Soreness or burning during sex
- Itching or irritation of the vagina
- Stinging while urinating
For men, symptoms of thrush include:
- Redness or burning around the foreskin and head of the penis
- Difficulty in pulling back the foreskin
- White discharge
- Unpleasant smell
If you keep getting thrush, you will need to go and visit your GP to rule out any other health issues. It might be the sign of an STI, or the result of an immune system condition such as diabetes.
Causes of Thrush
Thrush is caused by a fungus that is called candida. This fungus is normally harmless. Although thrush is not an STI, it can be passed on, or caused, by sex.
More commonly, you can get thrush by changing the balance of vaginal or penile bacteria. This can happen if you are taking antibiotics, are pregnant, or if your skin is irritated. Irritation can be caused while showering if you use heavily perfumed soaps, and if you do not dry yourself properly after washing.
Thrush commonly grows in warm and/or moist conditions and grows if the bacterial balance changes.
You are particularly vulnerable to the thrush infection if:
- You are pregnant
- You have been through the menopause
- You have diabetes that is not well controlled
- You are currently taking any antibiotics
- You have a weakened immune system (for example, you may have had chemotherapy or HIV)
- Your skin is damaged or irritated
A doctor or sexual health expert can diagnose thrush.
You should speak to your GP or a sexual health clinic if:
- You are under 16 or over 60
- Your treatment has not worked
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You are exhibiting thrush symptoms for the first time
- Your thrush keeps coming back
- You have thrush or a weakened immune system
Your doctor will ask you certain questions, including:
- How long you have had the symptoms
- Whether you have asthma or a steroid inhaler
- Do you have any long-term health conditions?
- Do you have any other new symptoms of illness?
Have you taken any antibiotics for an infection?
There are a variety of thrush treatments available. Avoiding sex and using cotton underwear will help to restore the bacterial balance. Steer away from tightly fitted clothing or synthetic materials.
Thrush vaginal tablets, also known as pessaries, are one option for treatment. These are put inside the vagina using an applicator. Typically, vaginal thrush treatments can be used for up to 6 days. If your thrush has not improved, you should visit your GP for advice.
Antifungal creams can also be bought to help relieve your thrush symptoms. A common home remedy is to use natural yoghurt. However, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that this can improve the symptoms of thrush. Nonetheless, women have reported that yoghurt can help to relieve burning or itching sensations.
Tablets for thrush
If pessaries and antifungal creams do not work, oral tablets can also be used. At Medicine Direct, you can buy thrush treatment online with a valid UK prescription, which one of our registered doctors can issue to you. Simply fill in the free online consultation with an online doctor, and they will prescribe you the medication if you are eligible.
We offer one of the most commonly taken thrush tablets, Suprax.
Buy thrush treatment at Medicine Direct for genuine medication, delivered right to your door. Buy online with us before 2pm and we can also offer you free next day delivery.
This medication comes in the form of cream and is to be applied to the affected area. This medication can be used to treat thrush in both men and women.
Thrush Frequently Asked Questions
Does having thrush mean I’m dirty or unhygienic?
Will thrush clear up on its own?
Can I pass thrush to sexual partners?
Should I worry about thrush in pregnancy?
I have had thrush a number of times – how do I stop getting it?
I’ve heard you can treat thrush using natural yoghurt – is this true?
I have discharge that smells strongly – is this thrush?
I’m feeling pretty itchy, is it thrush?
If I take a course of antibiotics will I get thrush?
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