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Candidiasis (thrush)

Most women experience occasional bouts of vaginal thrush. It is caused by a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans.
Symptoms of vaginal thrush
The symptoms of vaginal thrush are usually obvious and include itching and soreness around the vagina and pain during sex.
Causes of vaginal thrush
Vaginal thrush is a yeast infection that is usually caused by a type of fungus known as Candida albicans.
Diagnosing vaginal thrush
Vaginal thrush can usually be easily diagnosed from your symptoms, although in some cases a vaginal swab, pH test or blood test may be needed.
Treating vaginal thrush
For mild vaginal thrush, a short course of anti-thrush medicine may be recommended. It is usually taken for one to three days. Thrush creams, pessaries and tablets are often used.
Complications of vaginal thrush
Complications of thrush include ineffective treatment, the thrush reoccurring, depression, sexual problems and penis problems in male partners.
Preventing vaginal thrush
There are a number of self-help techniques you can try to help prevent it reoccurring, including washing your vagina with water and wearing cotton underwear.
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