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Thrush

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Thrush is an infection with a fungus. It is also known as a yeast infection. The fungus, called Candida, occurs naturally in the body, particularly in warm, moist areas.

Thrush can occur in the vagina, penis, groin and mouth.

Thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI) because many people already have a small amount of Candida in their bodies. In fact, the organism is actually more common in people who are not sexually active.

You may require an antifungal medication or lozenge to clear the infection. You can speak to your pharmacist or doctor about the best treatment.

Speak to your doctor if the thrush is severe or comes back after treatment.

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Sources:

SA Health (Thrush - including symptoms, treatment and prevention)

Last reviewed: October 2017

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