Thrush is a common yeast infection that can affect both men and women. It is uncomfortable and extremely unpleasant. And although it is not within the category of a sexually transmitted disease, it can be persistent and must be treated with the correct medication. There are many reasons Thrush can occur and has varying symptoms.
- White vaginal discharge with a thick consistency, however, it doesn’t usually have an odour
- Itching and irritation around the vagina
- Soreness or stinging sensation during intercourse or when you urinate
The above are the most common symptoms. If you are concerned and have any of the following, you should visit a sexual health clinic or see your GP.
- You have symptoms for the first time
- You are under 16 or over 60
- Your thrush keeps returning, for example, more than twice in 6 weeks
- Your treatment hasn’t worked
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have thrush and a weakened immune system. Examples of this are diabetes, HIV or undertaking Chemotherapy
Thrush is very much treatable, but invariably it will not go away on its own. You will require an antifungal medicine to completely cure your symptoms. This comes in the form of a tablet (pessary) inserted into your vagina, or by using a cream to help relieve the irritation and soreness. Once you have started taking your treatment, your symptoms should clear up within 1 week and after just 1 dose of medicine or cream.
If you have a sexual partner during this time, they will not require treatment unless they have the same symptoms. If they notice similar symptoms, they should, of course, visit their GP.
At tingle®, we offer a range of treatment options including creams, pessaries or oral capsules.
- Canesten Oral Capsule 150mg$14.16