Thrush is an extremely common infection and can affect 3 out of every 4 women at some point in their lives. Thrush is not classified as a sexually transmitted infection. Further information regarding this condition is available below the product list.Fortunately, there are effective treatment options for Thrush, if you know the treatment you require, click on the medication from the list below and start your consultation now to receive FREE next day delivery.

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What is thrush?

Thrush (vaginal) is caused by a yeast infection caused by the naturally occurring vaginal fungus called Candida albicans. It is extremely common (75% of women will have it at some pint) and usually nothing to worry about.

Overgrowth of Candida albicans (causing the thrush symptoms) occurs when the acidity level on the surface of the vagina is altered, this shifts the balance of the various bacteria that normal live in this area. This change allows fungus to grow causing the symptoms.

What are the types of thrush?

Vaginal thrush

Vaginal thrush also referred to as female candidiasis is very common. It's mostly harmless, and often asymptomatic. Common reported symptoms include:

  1. Vaginal itching, irritation and soreness
  2. Vaginal discharge
  3. Pain/stinging sensation when urinating

Male thrush

Thrush can also affect men. Genital thrush is much rarer in men than women. Due to the rarity of this condition in men, it is recommended to test for underlying conditions known to make one prone to candida infection such as diabetes mellitus.

  1. Oral thrush
  2. Skin infection (candida)
  3. Candida balanitis


Thrush in the mouth (oral thrush)

Unlike genital thrush, can affect men, women and babies.

The main symptoms are the white spots around the inside of the mouth.

Triggers for thrush

Underwear or clothing of a certain synthetic material can cause thrush if your skin is particularly sensitive and some women find changing to cotton can make a huge difference.

Toiletries; sometimes altering the skin care products, shower gel, deodorant and other perfumed products used can be the catalyst in reducing the chance of getting thrush.

Whilst thrush is not classed as a sexually transmitted infection, it can still be passed on from sex. It is advised therefore, to avoid sex until the infection is completely cleared. If you have symptoms associated with thrush (see below) and are worried it could be an STI instead, visit your GP or sexual health clinic for further information and testing.

The causes of thrush in men can also be similar to that in women, although it is more likely to be linked to conditions such as diabetes, HIV, chemotherapy and personal hygiene.

What are the symptoms of thrush?

Thrush can often be asymptomatic.

Known symptoms of thrush include:

  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Discharge
  • Pain urinating
  • Soreness/irritation
  • Redness around genitalia
  • Strong odour

How can i prevent thrush?

Triggers and personal hygeine

Identify any triggers that may be causing thrush in you such as:

  • Tight clothing/undergarments
  • Synthetic underwear
  • Perfumed toiletries
  • Disinfectants and antiseptics

General personal hygiene techniques, washing and wiping. 

Change in dietary habits

Processed and sugary food are associated with thrush symptoms. Reduce the intake of such products. Foods considered beneficial are listed below:

  • Poultry and fish
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Lentils
  • Beans

Treatment for thrush

Non-prescription treatments

Over the counter (OTC) thrush treatment creams are often recommended with pessaries and tablets to alleviate the symptoms. The most popular treatment option is Canesten.

Prescription treatments

There are two clinically proven treatments for thrush. AccessDoctor offer both of these treatments.

  1. Diflucan(fluconazole) that is an antifungal capsule, therefore taken orally.
  2. Gyno-Daktarin cream, contains the active ingredient miconazole (anti-fungal agent).

Both the capsule and the cream are known to be equally effective treatment. Either or both together can be used depending on your preference and previous experience.

For more information on thrush, you can refer to the NHS website, the link is provided below.

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