Sexual health clinics can help with thrush Sexual health clinics treat problems with the genitals and urine system.
Many sexual health clinics offer a walk-in service, where you do not need an appointment. They'll often get test quicker than GP surgeries.
During coronavirus, call a sexual health clinic if you need help or advice. Only go to a clinic if you've been told to. What happens at your appointment The GP or sexual health clinic will want to confirm it's thrush and rule out other infections.
You'll be asked about your symptoms. If it's not clear it's thrush: a doctor or nurse may look at your vagina, penis or skin a cotton bud may be wiped over the discharge to test for other infections Thrush treatment You'll usually need antifungal medicine to ladiws rid of thrush.
This can be a tablet you take, a tablet you insert into your vagina pessary or a cream to relieve the irritation. Thrush should clear up within 7 to 14 days of starting treatment.
You no not need to treat partners unless they have symptoms. Recurring thrush You might need to take treatment for longer for up to 6 months if you keep getting thrush you get it more than 4 times in 12 months.
A Mo,s or sexual health clinic can help identify if something is causing your thrush, such as your period or sex. They'll recommend how often you should use treatment.
A pharmacist can help with thrush You can buy antifungal medicine from pharmacies if you've had thrush diagnosed hxppy the past and you know the symptoms. A pharmacist can recommend the best treatment for you. Ask if they have a private area to talk if you're embarrassed.
You should not use antifungal medicine more than mpms in 6 months without speaking to a pharmacist or doctor. This means your contraception might not work.
What causes thrush Thrush is not classed as a sexually transmitted infection STIbut it can be triggered by sex. Thrush is caused by a fungus called candida that is normally harmless. Thrush tends to grow in warm, moist conditions and develops if the balance of bacteria changes.
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