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Many women will be affected by vaginal thrush at some stage in their lives. It’s caused by a change in the natural balance of the body’s bacteria which may give you an itchy or burning feeling.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help prevent vaginal thrush and treatment options are readily available from your local Life Pharmacy.
Vaginal thrush is a common condition caused by an overgrowth of a yeast, called candida albicans, which normally inhabits the gastrointestinal tract, skin and vagina. There are many factors that may trigger an attack of vaginal thrush:
It’s important to note that not all vaginal discharge is thrush. You can discuss your symptoms with your Unichem Pharmacist in private for advice.
Men who are infected by a partner with vaginal thrush may show symptoms such as itching or redness in the groin area or on the head of the penis – a condition known as balanitis. Symptoms may be more noticeable after sex.
Treatment is available from your Life Pharmacist without a prescription. Treatment options include anti-fungal creams, pessaries (tablets which are inserted into the vagina), or oral capsules. All of the available treatments work by stopping the growth of candida without affecting ‘helpful’ bacteria naturally present within the vagina.
It’s important to know that some vaginal creams and pessaries may weaken the latex of rubber condoms.
While you have thrush and during treatment it’s important to:
Men can use an antifungal cream to treat thrush – also available from Unichem Pharmacies.
The best way to prevent thrush is to identify what triggers the condition for you. It may be helpful to:
Most cases of vaginal thrush can be treated following a consultation with your Life Pharmacist, however, you should seek your doctor’s advice if: