We’ve had thousands of questions with concerns about thrush. How do you catch it and what do you do to get rid of it? Well, the tell tale signs of thrush are a creamy, cottage cheese like vaginal discharge, some pain externally and irritation, occasionally pain with intercourse and pain when you’re peeing.
Lots of you are saying you’re using different treatments for thrush; it’s costing you a fortune because you are back and forward to the chemist all the time and it simply won’t go away. We often resort to pessaries which you pop in or creams when we think about treating thrush. But actually very often a simple pill which you can also buy over the counter or a longer course of oral treatments by means of tablets works better if you’ve got recurrent thrush. So, do talk to your GP about getting a prescription for this.
The other thing is, in those who are treating thrush which just simply doesn’t seem to be going away, it’s really important to establish the diagnosis and ensure that it actually is thrush, because you may simply be treating the wrong thing.
Many of you are worrying about thrush and can it spread? Well, yes it can spread and you can actually get thrush anywhere from your mouth right down to your bottom end. So, to have an itchy bottom and have thrush in the vaginal area, it may well be that the thrush has spread. It’s really important to treat this aggressively because what you will find is you tend to scratch and scratch and scratch and in doing so you may introduce another infection from contaminating the area with bacteria.
Many of you are worried about passing thrush onto a boyfriend or a partner and in reality, although thrush isn’t a sexually transmitted infection, it is possible to pass it on. Although, usually it tends to be a problem in one partner only. If you find your partner has got a little bit of thrush then it is very, very simple, the treatment is exactly the same; you don’t have to go to your doctor. You can simply get it over the counter at the pharmacy. Again, if there is any doubt that either of you have anything other than thrush it is absolutely vital to have a full sexual health screen on the off chance that this could be a sign of another sexually transmitted infection.
Somebody has posed a question about how often you should wash your vagina if you suffer from thrush. Now, believe it or not, your vagina is a self cleaning unit and there is actually no need to get in there and give it a clean out. Simple washing morning and night time, so adhering to basic hygiene, is absolutely sufficient. I would strongly advise you against overzealous washing or using any scented products because not only would that encourage thrush it may also encourage the growth of bacteria and create a second problem on top of the thrush. So my advice is don’t over cleanse, let nature take its course.
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Doctor Responses: Thrush
Dr Pixie talks about how you can contract thrush, what the infection involves and answers your common questions on the illness and how to get rid of it.
Questions were taken from viewers’ comments and queries across the Embarrassing Bodies website, not least the comments section of our thrush condition guide.
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