The various types of thrush include: candidal skin infection, oral thrush, male thrush, and vaginal thrush. All types of thrush are infections caused by a group of yeast viruses referred to as Candida.
Candidal skin infection
A candidal skin infection (also known as cutaneous candidiasis) can be spread by sharing damp flannels and towels with an infected person. This is because the candida albicans yeast bacteria thrives in damp conditions. It is why candidal skin infections are usually found around damp membranes, and in the folds of the skin.
This type of infection is best avoided by good personal hygiene and weight loss. If you are obese, the infection can often takes hold in damp folds of your skin, hence the reason that weight loss is a good preventative measure.
Non-prescription anti-fungal treatment is available from most pharmacies, including the in-house pharmacy at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall. It can be used to successfully treat the infection if personal hygiene standards are raised.
Although thrush is usually associated with women, it can also affect men. When it does, it normally affects the head of the penis, resulting in a discharge, inflammation, and irritation.
Although male thrush can be contracted from sexual activity, it is not classed as an STD. It is most often caused by a lack of good personal hygiene.
The best ways of avoiding male thrush of the penis are:
- Clean the penis regularly
- Make sure the penis is dried well after washing
- Use a condom if you know a female sex partner has vaginal thrush
- Wear loose fitting cotton undergarments which help to avoid moisture accumulating beneath the foreskin.
Treatment of male thrush of the penis can be achieved without prescription medication. Simply visit your local pharmacy, or the in-house pharmacy of Broadgate Clinic London Wall. Ask for clotrimazole cream, or fluconazole tablets.
Oral thrush (also referred to as oral candidosis or oral candiasis) is a non-contagious infection of the mouth. In many cases, the symptoms of oral thrush may make eating and drinking difficult or uncomfortable. It is normally treated quite successfully with anti-fungal medication.
Vaginal thrush is a yeast infection that many women experience at some point in their lives.
The candida bacteria, which causes vaginal thrush, is present in the vagina of most women. When kept in balance, it causes absolutely no harm. But when the bacterial balance is disturbed and the candida virus proliferates, vaginal thrush can result.
Like all other various types of thrush, vaginal thrush can be treated with anti-fungal medications.
Treatment for the various types of thrush from Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
All of the various types of thrush can cause significant discomfort, so if you do have an infection, drop-in to our walk in clinic today, or if you prefer, call us on 020 7638 4330 to make an appointment.