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We’ve had thousands of questions with concerns about thrush. How do you catch it and what do you do to get rid of it? Well, the tell tale signs of thrush are a creamy, cottage cheese like vaginal discharge, some pain externally and irritation, occasionally pain with intercourse and pain when you’re peeing.

Lots of you are saying you’re using different treatments for thrush; it’s costing you a fortune because you are back and forward to the chemist all the time and it simply won’t go away. We often resort to pessaries which you pop in or creams when we think about treating thrush. But actually very often a simple pill which you can also buy over the counter or a longer course of oral treatments by means of tablets works better if you’ve got recurrent thrush. So, do talk to your GP about getting a prescription for this.

The other thing is, in those who are treating thrush which just simply doesn’t seem to be going away, it’s really important to establish the diagnosis and ensure that it actually is thrush, because you may simply be treating the wrong thing.

Many of you are worrying about thrush and can it spread? Well, yes it can spread and you can actually get thrush anywhere from your mouth right down to your bottom end. So, to have an itchy bottom and have thrush in the vaginal area, it may well be that the thrush has spread. It’s really important to treat this aggressively because what you will find is you tend to scratch and scratch and scratch and in doing so you may introduce another infection from contaminating the area with bacteria.

Many of you are worried about passing thrush onto a boyfriend or a partner and in reality, although thrush isn’t a sexually transmitted infection, it is possible to pass it on. Although, usually it tends to be a problem in one partner only. If you find your partner has got a little bit of thrush then it is very, very simple, the treatment is exactly the same; you don’t have to go to your doctor. You can simply get it over the counter at the pharmacy. Again, if there is any doubt that either of you have anything other than thrush it is absolutely vital to have a full sexual health screen on the off chance that this could be a sign of another sexually transmitted infection.

Somebody has posed a question about how often you should wash your vagina if you suffer from thrush. Now, believe it or not, your vagina is a self cleaning unit and there is actually no need to get in there and give it a clean out. Simple washing morning and night time, so adhering to basic hygiene, is absolutely sufficient. I would strongly advise you against overzealous washing or using any scented products because not only would that encourage thrush it may also encourage the growth of bacteria and create a second problem on top of the thrush. So my advice is don’t over cleanse, let nature take its course.

If you have any concerns about a female sexual health problem or period problems or anything gynaecological why not go to the female sexual health My VideoDoctor.

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Doctor Responses: Thrush

Dr Pixie talks about how you can contract thrush, what the infection involves and answers your common questions on the illness and how to get rid of it.

Questions were taken from viewers’ comments and queries across the Embarrassing Bodies website, not least the comments section of our thrush condition guide.

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Doctor said the thrush is gone but my mouth is still so painful and sore. Still a little red. Anyone experience this? Is it normal?





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Hi I have had thrush for about a week now. I think antibiotics have caused it as I was on them for urine infection. Tests back now and that has gone, not had tests for thrush back, still waiting on results, but I am pretty sure it's thrush and is alright in the day mostly, but agony at night!!! Don't know what to do. It's disturbing my sleep! Please help x





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I have had years of repeated thrush, I have tried everything to combat this painful infection. I have been on several different contraceptives to try and control/ eliminate thrush: I am currently on celest. I started getting thrush a lot as a teenager, I am now 25 and I still get it on a monthly basis. It's really bringing me down, besides the fact of constantly going to the doctors to be examined and have multiple tests taken, by various different people, it's also making my sexual life difficult... not to mention how costly it is for the treatment!! I have been referred to a gynecologist and again had multiple tests taken and I was told everything was fine. I have been advised to run my pill in a three month cycle to try an balance out my hormones but still this is not helping. Can any one help me? after 8years of suffering with this I really am desperate to find a solution.





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Hi Iv been experiencing severe itching on my labia on the inner walls of my vagina and where I see. I put thrush cream on but it still itches. I did a few weeks ago finish a course of anti biotics for bacterial vaginnosis but there was never this itching just discharge. This has recently happened from unprotected sex with a new partner but this is the second time and there were no issues after the first. I would appreciate some advice please !





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Last May had a terrible cold took antibiotics got thrush since then it has got worse very painful very red and inside the lip area so sore I haven't been able to have intercourse with my husband since last year need help been to see the doctor many times tried all sorts of creams nothing has worked went to see gynaecologist more cream still in the same position





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I am 17 and have had recurrent thrush and cystitis for two years now, my mum and I both suffer with it. I keep going to the doctors and they keep telling me the same thing "don't use soap, only wear cotton underwear, don't wear tight clothing" (which I am doing) and nothing is working! I take canestan tablets cream and anything thing else nearly once or twice every month, and sometimes it doesn't even work the first time so I have to buy more the next day! The amount of money I'm spending is insane. Cystitis I can control more but thrush is taking control of my life and I just want it sorted. Are there any tests they can do to find out why I keep having it so often?





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I have thrush for over a week now, I have used a oral tablet and cream. It doesn't seem to be clearing yet, is that normal? I've had thrush before and usually it clears up after 4/5 days! I'm not sure what to do next?





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I have thrush on my tongue after getting my tongue Pierced is there anything i can do to get rid of it without going to the doctor? Because it made my tongue swell more.





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My wife has trush it getting worse she has treatment twice from doc not clear up it now spreading down her legs and advice plz





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I had a full hystercomy10 11 month ago just lately I am getting running discharge all the time no itching at all it smell like fish what is it





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I'm 16 years old and I've had my period for two years now. Ever since last year April I've been getting thrush every month and it's usually when I'm about to start my period bur it gets very bad... I've been given tablets , creams all the time and none of it is working. I'm getting worried at this point and I don't know what to do


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