- What causes thrush?
- What are the causes?
- What are the symptoms?
- Will it go away without medication?
- Should I see a doctor?
- Is thrush contagious?
- Who can get thrush?
- Can thrush be prevented?
- What treatments are available?
- Can I buy medication online?
Thrush is a fungal infection that is most common in women, although it can also affect men. It is not considered a sexually transmitted infection as it occurs due to bacteria that are produced naturally in the body. Vaginal thrush can cause unpleasant symptoms, but it can usually be treated with an antifungal medication.
The fungus known as Candida albicans causes thrush when the natural bacterial balance of the vagina is disturbed. A number of factors can cause the infection such as certain deodorants or soaps and wearing tight, synthetic clothes. The infection can also be passed to a partner during sexual intercourse, although it is not considered a sexually transmitted infection.
Vaginal thrush does not always show symptoms and in some cases a cervical smear test is needed in order to diagnose the condition. However, in the majority of cases, you will notice symptoms such as soreness, itchiness or irritation to the vagina; changes in the texture of discharge, which may appear to have the consistency of cottage cheese; or unusual pain during sex or urination.
In most cases, vaginal thrush does not lead to complications and will eventually clear up as the body will be able to fight the infection. However, the symptoms can often be unpleasant and most women choose to use some form of treatment to cure the infection more quickly.
Women experiencing symptoms for the first time are advised to see a doctor in order to confirm the condition. If you have already had a thrush infection previously and recognise the symptoms, you should be able to take medication safely without consulting your doctor again. Men should always see a doctor if they think they are suffering from a yeast infection.
Thrush can on occasion be passed on to a partner during sexual intercourse, although this is very rare and it is not considered a sexually transmitted infection. Women suffering from vaginal thrush are advised to abstain from sex, as it may aggravate the condition and lengthen the time of recovery.
Yeast infections caused by Candida are not limited to the genital area and can sometimes occur in other parts of the body. Babies can suffer from these types of infection to the mouth or skin. Men can also develop thrush infections, although they are not as common as in women.
Some women are more likely to suffer from vaginal thrush than others. If you have had an infection before, you should try to avoid wearing tight, synthetic clothes or using genital deodorants or perfumes.
There are treatments available to treat thrush that require a prescription, as well as over-the-counter remedies. Most medications are dispensed in the form of creams, tablets or pessaries, although some women have reported that natural yoghurt applied to the affected area can also help. The most common prescription medications for the treatment of thrush are Diflucan and Gyno-Daktarin.
Yes. At HealthExpress we offer a safe, secure and discreet way to purchase prescription medication for the treatment of vaginal thrush. Diflucan and Gyno-Daktarin are both available to buy online after filling out a free online consultation form so that our doctors can ensure the medication is safe and effective for you to use. You order will be dispensed to you from our pharmacy within 24 hours.