Thrush: causes, symptoms and treatments
We’ve all heard of Thrush, but how much do we know about it? Thrush is the common term for a yeast infection caused by Candida albicans, or “candida”. This is a yeast that lives on the skin and around our vaginal areas. But if the natural balance of micro-organisms in our vaginas is disturbed, it can lead to intense itching and irritation. Sometimes, we may even feel a burning sensation and see a thick ‘cottage cheese’ like white discharge.
What’s the difference between BV and Thrush?
Thrush is the second most common vaginal condition after Bacterial Vaginosis. In fact, BV is often mistaken for thrush, but there are some key differences.
For a start, they’re not caused by the same thing. Even though both can occur when the micro-organisms inside our vaginas are out of balance, BV is a bacterial condition but thrush is a yeast infection.
The symptoms of Thrush and BV differ too, but BV is often confused with Thrush because more of us have heard of it. In fact, we’re twice as likely to have BV as we are to have Thrush, so it’s important to understand the differences so we can select the right treatment to get things back to normal.
Thin, watery, possibly greyish white discharge
|Thick, white curd-like discharge.|
|Intense itching or even burning sensation|
|Redness and irritation of the skin around the vulva|
What are the treatments for thrush?
Thrush can be treated easily with anti-fungal medications that are available as creams, capsules or pessaries. These are very effective and you can pick them up from a pharmacy or online. If your symptoms don’t go away after treatment, just have a chat with your doctor.
If you’re not sure whether or not you have thrush, try our online symptom checker, designed by experts on the Intimate Health Taskforce to help you to get the right treatment. Click here.