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THRUSH   Thrush is a yeast infection that is quite common amongst women in particularly and does not cause any real problems. Symptoms of it are:

Itching around the genital or anal region
Pain during sex
Pain when peeing
A thicker than usual discharge with a slight yeasty smell
A swollen vulva

This is not a sexually transmitted infection generally and is just caused by an excess of the yeast, which lives on the body anyway but just rapidly multiplies at time. The reason it is classified as an STI is because the yeast can be passed on or the thrush can be irritated by sexual intercourse.

Thrush can be caused by several things or just develop naturally. Things you could do to try and prevent it are:

Avoid tight, unbreathable clothes and materials such as lyrca
Avoid perfumed soap products or vaginal deodorants
If you take antibiotics for any reason ask your doctor if they increase the risk of thrush as some do. You are also more likely to develop this is you have diabetes or are pregnant.
A simple urine test or swab from inside the vagina will determine whether you have thrush. It is easily treated with a cream and possibly pessaries which are tablets you put in the vagina. You can also purchase thrush treatment over the counter so there is no need to go to a doctor although it is advisable to get it properly diagnosed anyway.

Thrush can also develop in the mouth and is indicated by a white coating on the tongue. If you are worried about this then see a GP as it will need to be diagnosed properly and treated. If you frequently suffer from thrush have a word with a doctor and you may be able to find a solution to stop it recurring as often.
 

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