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Thrush is a yeast infection that can affect both men and women, though it is more often associated with women.

The most common symptoms

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  • Itching, soreness and redness around the vulva, vagina, anus and tip of penis.
    Itching, soreness and redness around the vulva, vagina, anus and tip of penis.

    Itching, soreness and redness around the vulva, vagina, anus and tip of penis.

  • Discharge for women may become very thick, men may experience a discharge from under the foreskin.
    Discharge for women may become very thick, men may experience a discharge from under the foreskin.

    Discharge for women may become very thick, men may experience a discharge from under the foreskin.

Symptoms

Women - Itching, soreness and redness around the vulva, vagina and anus, vaginal discharge may become very thick, sex and emptying the bladder can be painful.

Men - Irritation, burning or itching under the foreskin or around the tip of the penis, a discharge from under the foreskin, or swelling, redness of the genital skin or a spotty rash on the head of the penis.

What does a check-up/test involve?

Thrush is often diagnosed by how it looks, so be prepared to drop your pants so the doctor or nurse can take a look at the infection and decide on what treatment is best for you

Treatment

Thrush can clear on its own, especially in people who don't have any symptoms. You can buy anti-fungal cream and pessaries (specially shaped pills which are inserted into the vagina) from a pharmacist, who will advise you on how to use these treatments.

If left untreated?

In women -  

  • Can cause Urethritis which will increase the discharge from the vagina,
  • Emptying the bladder can be painful,
  • Can cause bacterial vaginosis, which symptoms include a strong fishy smell particularly after sex, a white, grey, thin or watery discharge from the vagina,
  • Problems during pregnancy, and in extreme cases, can even lead to miscarriage

In Men -  

  • Emptying the bladder can be painful.

As most people will not develop symptoms of thrush or bacterial vaginosis it is recommended to go for a full health check up to avoid any complications if trying for a baby