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Information about symptoms and causes of vaginal thrush

Vaginal thrush is one of the most common infections that women experience. It often occurs as a recurrent infection and is estimated to affect almost all women at some point in their lives. Vaginal thrush is not usually a dangerous infection, but it is often uncomfortable, especially if it persists or recurs frequently. Thrush can cause discomfort, with symptoms including itching and an unpleasant discharge. Though vaginal thrush can develop after sex, it is referred to as a yeast infection rather than a sexually transmitted disease because other causes can be responsible for the infection. Though vaginal thrush is far more common, men can also experience a form of thrush known as candida balanitis.

Though as stated vaginal thrush is not a dangerous infection, the associated symptoms can be uncomfortable. There is no need to put up with the discomfort when there are clinically proven medications available to help alleviate symptoms and quicken recovery. You can choose one or both of the medications that we offer here at OnlineClinic, which are Diflucan and Gyno-Daktarin. All you need to do is complete an online consultation to verify that the medication is suitable for you.

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    Why do some women get vaginal thrush?

    Part of the reason why thrush is such a common infection is because there are a number of things that can cause it. The actual cause of this yeast infection is a fungus called Candida albicans, which is naturally present inside your vagina but leads to problems when the natural bacterial balance in the vagina is disturbed, causing the fungus to multiply and cause infection. A number of factors could cause this imbalance, including wearing tight clothing, undergoing chemotherapy, taking certain antibiotics and using perfumed cleansing products. Some medical conditions can raise your risk of experiencing thrush.

    What are the common symptoms of thrush?

    Women who are experiencing a thrush infection may notice some pain during sex and changes to their vaginal discharge. The vaginal opening may also be noticeably itchy or tender. Men may also experience some pain during sex and a discharge from under the foreskin. The head of the penis may swell and become itchy. It is also important to note that some people with this infection will not experience any symptoms at all.

    Is it possible to prevent thrush?

    There are things you can do to lower your risk of developing thrush, and it is beneficial to bear them in mind particularly if you are susceptible to this kind of infection. Primarily, you should avoid tight clothing and perfumed bath products. Try to use products that are not perfumed, or simply wash with warm water. Wearing cotton rather than synthetic underwear is advised.

    What are my treatment options?

    If you think you have thrush, it is advisable to get this confirmed by a doctor before embarking on a potentially unnecessary course of treatment. If you experience recurrent thrush infections, it is likely that you will become used to the signs of infection and may already know what kind of treatment works best for you. Antifungal treatments are often recommended for the majority of people.

    For men, a topical treatment is usually recommended for the treatment of thrush, while women have the choice of treatment in the form of pessaries, oral tablets or creams. Some of these treatments are available over-the-counter, while for others a prescription is required.

    There are two prescription medications available to buy online at OnlineClinic, and they are Gyno-Daktarin and Diflucan, a cream treatment and a tablet respectively. You can find out more about each individual treatment on their dedicated pages, or alternatively visit out treatment page for more general information about thrush treatments.