Thrush is a common infection caused by yeast (or fungus). Transmission of thrush usually occurs through intestinal excretions and personal contact and may live harmlessly in the vagina, without you even noticing it. However, in certain circumstances, it may develop into an infection in the vagina and symptoms may spread to the surrounding area.
These symptoms may include one or more of the following;
-itching of the vagina and surrounding area(the vulva)
-redness and swelling of the tissues of the vagina and vulva
-a white non-smelling discharge from the vagina.
In males they may become infected with the yeast and this leads to penile thrush. The symptoms of penile thrush are:Red sore spots on the head of the penis; cottage cheese-like material under the foreskin; yeasty smell, itching and burning; pulling back the foreskin may also cause pain. If you partner is being treated for thrush it is highly likely it will be passed on so treatment with clotrimazole cream may be necessary.
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