Thrush Symptoms - What to Look For
Thrush symptoms result from a fungal infection which is called Candida. Candida is yeast which lives in warm and moist conditions such as the skin, gut, vagina or mouth, usually without inflicting any harm on the individual.
Candida is usually kept under control by the body’s immune system and healthy bacteria, however sometimes the balance changes which results in the Candida yeast starting to overgrow. It is the overgrowth of Candida yeast which causes thrush and the typical symptoms of thrush.
Thrush symptoms in Women
Candida thrush infections are more common in women than they are in men. Thrush symptoms in women can include painful urinating or pain during sex. Symptoms can also include a white discharge coming from the vagina which smells of yeast, looks similar to cottage cheese and is itchy. Other symptoms can include soreness and tenderness around the vagina or anus.
Thrush symptoms in men
Thrush Symptoms in men usually appear underneath the foreskin of the penis. The typical symptoms to look for include red tender or sore patches at the end of the penis or underneath the foreskin. Men may also experience pain when urinating and a burning and itchiness on the penis. Candida yeast infection in men may also be present without any symptoms and you should pay particular attention if your partner is currently treating a Candida infection.
How to treat your thrush symptoms
If you have previously suffered from yeast infections you will be more likely to spot thrush symptoms in the future. The sooner you start treating thrush symptoms the quicker your symptoms will disappear. There are lots of natural treatment options available but if you think you might be pregnant you should visit your doctor. Additionally, if you are bleeding abnormally from the vagina, are experiencing abdominal pain or your symptoms last for more than a week, you should also consider visiting a doctor.