Ask Shelley: What Is Thrush And Why Am I Getting It

While it's totally normal, there are ways to prevent it.

Periods and puberty are totally natural, but often totally confusing too. If you’re worried, curious, or questioning something in this area, we’ve got you. Nurse, midwife and all-round puberty expert Shelley is on hand to answer all your burning questions

Today’s question is from a reader who wants has a health issue they want to understand.

Hi Shelley, can you explain what thrush is and why I keep getting it?

Shelley says:
So, thrush is a fungus, called Candida albicans. It is a very common pathogenic yeast which when growing in your body, causes thrush.

Common symptoms if you have vaginal thrush can be a white discharge, itchiness and stinging when you pass urine. But you can also become infected with thrush of the mouth, nipples or feet, men can get genital thrush, and babies can get a nappy rash caused by thrush.

It’s quite common to develop thrush if you have taken a course of antibiotics, are wearing tight synthetic underwear frequently, or aren’t maintaining good hygiene.

It is very easily treatable over the counter, go to your location pharmacy and ask for a treatment for thrush. It clears up in a couple of days, just make sure you’re showering every day and wearing cotton underwear!

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