1. Thrush is very common and occurs due to overgrowth of yeast in the vagina. Vaginal itching and discharge are common symptoms.

 

  1. There is no strong evidence for the “thrush diet” that many female patients raise with me. The research isn’t there, so I don’t recommend my patients make major dietary changes to either reduce their risk of thrush or treat it.

 

  1. There are ways you can reduce your risk of thrush such as using cotton underwear (as opposed to synthetic fabric), avoiding wearing tight fitting clothing such as tights and jeans constantly and avoiding over cleaning of the genital area (soaps/fragrance and douching are not required in the genital area).

 

  1. Treatment for thrush can either be with topical therapies (creams that are applied or intra- vaginally) or an oral tablet – both are effective. Oral therapies cannot be used for women who are pregnant – pregnant women can only use topical therapies and even then, should speak to the pharmacist before selecting the cream.

 

  1. Some women suffer from recurrent or chronic thrush – for these women we usually check they do not have undiagnosed diabetes with a blood test (as this can present with recurrent infections) and can trial suppressive therapies for weeks or months (this can involve a medication called Fluconazole which is a tablet but there are other options).

As always – if you’re concerned, seek a review with your GP.

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