What is Candida / Thrush?
Thrush is caused by a yeast called Candida, which usually lives quite harmlessly in the body.
How do I know I’ve got it?
Candida can be present in the vagina without causing any problems
It only needs treated if you have symptoms that are affecting you
Symptoms include itchiness, a heavier discharge than normal, soreness of the genitals
In men, the penis can be red and sore
Where can I get tested?
- Your GP
- Sexual Health Clinics
- What is the treatment?
- Required treatment can be in the form of a cream, or a pessary (tablet put in the vagina) or occasionally an oral tablet.
This is usually not required. You do not catch thrush by having sex.
How do I avoid getting thrush again?
Some people do get recurrent symptoms of thrush. If you do, it is important you see your doctor to ensure that this is the diagnosis. Keep a record of when and how often you get them. This will be helpful for your doctor to decide what the best management is.
- Avoid using vaginal deoderants
- Avoid bubble baths and oils
- Use water to clean your vagina and vulva
- Wipe from front to back (towards your bottom) after going to the toilet
- Avoid tight fitting clothes
- Wear cotton underwear