Diagnosis and Treatment for Thrush

Although thrush is commonly associated with women it can also affect men. Thrush is both an oral and genital infection. If you think you might have thrush then it’s important to book yourself an appointment with Broadgate GP.

All of our appointment are confidential and discrete, to ensure our patients receive only the best care. Our medical team will be able to diagnose you quickly and will ensure you receive the best treatment for thrush.

The you’ve started your course of thrush tablets or other medication you’ll start the recovery process. It’s important to complete all oral thrush treatment or thrush tablets to ensure you’re fully recovered.

How to Treat Thrush

Treating thrush is easy and once you’ve visited a GP and had a diagnosis you’ll be started on your thrush medication. At Broadgate GP, we offer a number of thrush treatments to our patients. We offer thrush tablets that can be taken orally, thrush cream and thrush pessaries. We ensure all of our patients receive the best type of treatment to ensure them a speedy recovery.

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Thrush in Men

Many men suffer from thrush and this is usually penis thrush or oral thrush. Both of these can be diagnosed and treated easily. It’s important to understand the symptoms of thrush in men to make sure you recognise the infection.

Male Thrush Symptoms

  • Redness in the mouth
  • Swelling of the penis
  • itching and irritation around the penis
  • White marks in the mouth and throat
  • Soreness in both the throat and mouth
  • Pain during sex
  • Problems pulling back the foreskin

Thrush in Women

Nearly all women will suffer from some form of thrush during their lives. Here at Broadgate GP, we regularly carry of discrete treatments for thrush in women. Using a number of thrush treatments, we’ll ensure you a speedy recovery. It’s important to understand the female thrush symptoms to ensure you can seek treatment when needed.

Female Thrush Symptoms

  • Vaginal discomfort
  • Discharge from the vagina
  • Swelling of the vagina or vulva
  • White marks in the mouth or throat
  • Stinging or burning sensation during intercourse
  • Split or cracks in skin around the genitals

Oral Thrush

What Is Oral Thrush? Oral Thrush is an infection of the mouth caused by a yeast fungus known as candida. Candida is not only limited to the mount and it can develop in other parts of the body. Oral thrush can be contracted by both men and women. Thrush can affect anyone from men to women and even children. But people but at risk of developing thrush are people with a weakened or compromised immune system. It can develop for a number of reasons.

What Causes Oral Thrush?

The Candida yeast fungus is a naturally occurring fungus that is present in the mouth, the digestive tract, and the skin of most people. Under normal circumstances, the fungus is kept in check by the presence of other bacteria and microorganisms in the body system. However, under certain circumstances, (the manifestation of some illnesses, the accumulation stress, or the taking of certain medications), the delicate balance can be disturbed, causing Candida to proliferate in what is known as an outbreak of yeast overgrowth. Some of the causes of yeast can include:

  • Compromised or Weakened Immune System
  • Corticosteroids
  • Dry Mouth
  • Diabetes
  • Antibiotics
  • HIV
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Cancer

Symptoms of Oral Thrush

  • White patches in the mouth that can often be wiped clean
  • Darker red areas what might bleed slightly when touched
  • Loss of taste
  • Redness inside both the mouth and throat
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Cracks and dryness at the corner of the mouth
  • A painful or burning sensation in the mouth

Oral Thrush Treatment

There are a number of other causes of thrush that can cause the infection to develop. Should you suspect yourself or someone else of having thrush then it’s important to seek a diagnosis at a GP. This is the first step to treating all types of thrush. There are a number of oral thrush treatments available and booking an appointment with a doctor will help you decide on the best treatment.

Genital Thrush (Penis Thrush)

What Is Genital Thrush? Genital thrush is commonly known as penis thrush. It’s not something to be embarrassed about and treating thrush is easy once you’ve been diagnosed by a doctor. Thrush on the penis is also caused by an overgrowth of the Candida yeast fungus. It can also be caused due to poor hygiene.

Symptoms of Penis Thrush

  • Inflammation, irritation and burning under the foreskin at the tip of the penis
  • Red patches or blotches developing under the foreskin of the penis
  • A discharge appearing under the foreskin that looks similar to cottage cheese
  • An unpleasant odour around the genital area
  • Difficulty in retracting the foreskin

Genital Thrush Treatment

The genital thrush treatment you need will be decided on by your doctor. Whether this be genital thrush tablets or other types of thrush medication, we’ll ensure you’re treated in the best way possible. Fluconazole is one of the best treatments for penis thrush.

Vaginal Thrush

What Is Vaginal Thrush? Vaginal thrush is a common condition that many women suffer from during their lives. As with most types of thrush it is caused by an imbalance or overgrowth of the Candida yeast fungus. Whilst it’s usually harmless it can cause some discomfort. Once diagnosed vaginal thrush is easy to treat.

Symptoms of Vaginal Thrush

  • Irritation or tenderness around the opening of the vagina
  • Pain during sexual intercourse or insertion of sex toys
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Redness and swelling of the vagina and vulva
  • A cracking of skin at the entrance to the vagina
  • Sores in or around the vaginal area

How Is Vaginal Thrush Diagnosed?

In most cases, a visual inspection of the vagina is enough to confirm a diagnosis. If there is any doubt, however, the clinician may take a vaginal swab using something similar in appearance to a “cotton bud” to take a small sample of secretion from inside the vagina. If it is suspected that you may have diabetes, or pre-diabetes, you may be asked to take a blood test to check your blood glucose levels. Diabetes is a common cause of Candida yeast overgrowth and vaginal Thrush.

For women who suffer from repeated bouts of Vaginal Thrush, the women health services at Broadgate Clinic London Wall offer a pH test whereby a small swab is taken from the inside of the vagina. This swab is then is then tested on Litmus paper to see if the pH balance is either too acid or too alkaline. This will determine if Bacterial Vaginosis is present, and if so a treatment will be prescribed. Whether the sufferer of Genital Thrush is male or female, a 6-week abstention from sex intercourse is recommended to avoid passing the infection on to partners while the treatment takes effect.

How Is Vaginal Thrush Treated?

When it comes to vaginal thrush, there are three main vaginal thrush treatments that we commonly use at Broadgate GP. We tend to prescribe anti thrush pessaries, anti-thrush cream and anti-thrush tablets. Booking an appointment with Broadgate GP will ensure you receive the best treatment for vaginal thrush.

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Thrush Diagnosis & Treatment