What are the symptoms of thrush?
Below is a list of the common symptoms of thrush:
Thrush symptoms in women
Discharge: Vaginal discharge is a common symptom of thrush. This discharge usually resembles a cottage cheese-like appearance and is often described by many women to be white, thick, cheesy, sticky and gluey. In terms of odours, some women complain of a strong smell of yeast.
Itching and burning: These are the most common symptoms of thrush. Try to avoid scratching as this will make the condition worse. Most women seek help for relief of external itching. However it is important to treat internally and externally to prevent symptoms from returning.
Redness, soreness and pain: As the tissue of the genital area is very delicate, the fungal infection makes it red, swollen and very sore to touch which in turn may cause the following:
• Pain and/or discomfort, during sexual intercourse
• Pain and/or discomfort, during urination
• Discomfort in sitting and walking
Vaginal Fissuring: Cracks may appear in severe causes of inflammation.
Satellite Lesions: These are sores that appear in and around your genital area which occur rarely.
Thrush symptoms in men
Balanitis: Inflammation of the head of the penis.
Discharge: Thrush in men can increase the secretion of smegma (secretion below the foreskin).
Itching, redness and soreness: The foreskin and top of the penis may become extremely itchy. Please try and refrain from scratching as this will only make the problem worse.
Pain: May be experienced during urinating and it may also be extremely difficult to pull back the foreskin.
Swelling: Thrush may also cause the foreskin to swell and crack.
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Thrush Facts or Fallacies
Infection is spread from the rectum
Spread of yeast from the rectum is no longer thought to cause thrush. Reducing intestinal colonization with C.albicans does not prevent vaginal recurrence.