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Thrush in men and women

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Symptoms of thrush depend on where it is on the body. It usually causes itchiness, irritation and a white discharge that looks like cottage cheese.

Thrush can usually be treated with antifungal medicine from a doctor, pharmacist or sexual health clinic. Treatment should work within 1 or 2 weeks.

Thrush can usually be treated with antifungal medicine from a doctor, pharmacist or sexual health clinic. Treatment should work within 1 or 2 weeks.

You’re more likely to get thrush if your skin is irritated or damaged, you're taking antibiotics or you have poorly controlled diabetes.

Thrush is a yeast (fungal) infection that can affect the vagina, penis and skin.

Page last reviewed: 27/10/2020
Next review due: 27/10/2023