- What can Thrush be mistaken for?
- What happens if thrush is left untreated?
- Can Thrush be caused by stress?
- How do you know if you have thrush down below?
- Is thrush a sign of being run down?
- How long does vaginal thrush last?
- Why have I suddenly got thrush?
- Can thrush make you feel unwell?
- What cream is best for thrush?
- How do doctors test for thrush?
- Can I self diagnose thrush?
What can Thrush be mistaken for?
Herpes, a common and extremely contagious STI, causes painful sores on the genitals.
Often these occur on the outside of the vagina, but sometimes they may develop inside, too – and in this case, they can cause itching and burning, much like thrush..
What happens if thrush is left untreated?
If left untreated, vaginal candidiasis will most likely get worse, causing itching, redness, and inflammation in the area surrounding your vagina. This may lead to a skin infection if the inflamed area becomes cracked, or if continual scratching creates open or raw areas.
Can Thrush be caused by stress?
What causes thrush? Most people have small amounts of the Candida fungus in the mouth, digestive tract and skin. They are normally kept in check by other bacteria and microorganisms in the body. When illnesses, stress, or medications disturb this balance, the fungus grows out of control and causes thrush.
How do you know if you have thrush down below?
Symptoms of vaginal thrush Symptoms you may experience if you develop vaginal thrush include: vaginal discomfort – itching or burning. a thick, white discharge with a ‘cottage cheese’ appearance and yeasty smell. redness or swelling of the vagina or vulva.
Is thrush a sign of being run down?
Can thrush be a sign of stress? When we’re put under a lot of stress it can affect our bodies and how they work. Stress can make us feel run down and weaken our immune system, making us vulnerable to illnesses such as colds as well as infections such as thrush.
How long does vaginal thrush last?
Thrush treatment You’ll usually need antifungal medicine to get rid of thrush. This can be a tablet you take, a tablet you insert into your vagina (pessary) or a cream to relieve the irritation. Thrush should clear up within 7 to 14 days of starting treatment.
Why have I suddenly got thrush?
What causes thrush? Your vagina naturally has a certain amount of yeast. Thrush is caused by the growth of too much yeast. You are more likely to get thrush if you have recently taken antibiotics, you have diabetes or your immune system is weakened (for example, because you have HIV).
Can thrush make you feel unwell?
There may be associated pain in the area of the sternum (breast bone), pain in the upper abdomen, and/or nausea and vomiting. If Candida gets into the bloodstream, the person may become sick with or without fever. If the infection spreads to the brain, they may have acute changes in mental function or behavior.
What cream is best for thrush?
Clotrimazole works by killing the yeast that causes the fungal infection. It usually treats thrush within 7 days but it’s best to treat the infection for at least 2 weeks to stop it coming back. The most common side effect is an itching or burning feeling in the area being treated.
How do doctors test for thrush?
If over-the-counter treatments haven’t helped, your doctor or nurse might examine you, or do a swab test. A swab looks similar to a small round cotton bud and is used to collect a sample of cells or discharge from your vagina. This will check if you have thrush, and not another type of infection.
Can I self diagnose thrush?
Yes, if you think that you have thrush you can complete a thrush test in the privacy of your home. Self-testing will allow you to diagnose yourself and then find a suitable treatment. The type of treatments you choose will be dependent on your test results and symptoms you have.