Experiences with thrush? Watch
Maaaany people experience thrush, but the good thing is it's really easy to treat, as it's a fungus and not a virus.
You made the right decision to go to the Doctors/Sexual Health Clinic as there, they will ask about your symptoms and either a) start the treatment if it's clear it's thrush, or b) will examine the penis/vagina (I don't know your sex by your username, sorry ), determine it's thrush and start treatment or determine if it's an STI and start alternative treatment.
You'll often need antifungal medicine to get rid of thrush. This can be a tablet you take, a tablet you insert into your vagina (pessary) or a cream to relieve the irritation. Thrush should clear up within a week, after 1 dose of medicine or by using the cream daily.
You might need to take treatment for longer (for up to 6 months) if you keep getting thrush (you get it more than twice in 6 months).
Your GP or sexual health clinic can help identify if something is causing your thrush, such as your period or sex. They'll recommend how often you should use treatment.
Here are some things you can do to ease comfort:
*use water and emollient (instead of soap), like E45 cream, to wash your penis or vagina
*dry the affected area properly after washing
*wear cotton underwear
*avoid sex until thrush has cleared up
*take showers instead of baths
Hope this helps, and hope you have a speedy recovery!
It was so bad when it was at its worst. Everything set off the stinginess - my thighs rubbing off each other, my knickers, when I turned over in bed at night, doing a pee was stingy. Urgh, don't want to ever have it again! You're doing the right thing by going to the doctor since thrush can mimic other infections. They will most likely do a pelvic exam and take swabs. Some doctors allow you to take your own swabs if you prefer, mine did. Swab results can take about 2-4 days to come back depending on your surgery and if it comes back with a different germ than the fungus that causes thrush, they will most likely call you and arrange an appt or leave a prescription for you for a more appropriate medicine or cream.
I think I have thrush as I have all the symptoms and I am going to the doctor tomorrow to discuss it. I think I have had it for around 5 days now. Anyone else have these experiences and if so please help and how long did yours last. Thank u