Vaginal thrush

Thrush is also called Candidiasis or Moniliasis.


It is caused by an yeast-like fungus named Candida that is normally present in small amounts on the skin, in the gut and vagina.


Usually it does not cause any problem.


But when you are run down or taking a course of antibiotic or steroid eg, your body cannot keep it under control.


Vaginal thrush:

Common symptoms -

Itching and discomfort in the front passage.

Pain during passing water or having sex.

A thick white vaginal discharge.


You are more likely to develop it during pregnancy or taking the pill or if you have diabetes or when your immunity is low.

See your doctor to find out about any underlying problem.


Treatment  is easy and satisfactory: Local antifungal preparation or oral antifungal. Eg Canesten cream, pessary, oral capsule etc. See your doctor.



What you can do:

Use antifungal cream with a pessary or take a capsule of fluconazole (antifungal).

No sex until thrush has cleared.

Avoid perfumed soap and bath products which can make itching worse.

Wipe yourself front to back after going to the loo. Avoid wearing tights or tight trousers. Use cotton underwear.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle - reduce sugary food intake.


When thrush occurs in the mouth, it is called Oral thrush when white patches develop on the tongue.

It is treated with oral Nystatin oral suspension


Thrush can also affect upper gut causing pain on swallowing and rarely can affect the lungs!

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