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Vaginal thrush diagnosis

Thrush can be confused with a number of other conditions which cause itching and redness with or without discharge. These other conditions include herpes infections and bacterial infections.

So you should see a doctor if:

  • this is the first time you’ve had symptoms of thrush
  • you’ve had thrush in the previous six months and treated it successfully
  • you’ve had thrush in the past and it’s been difficult to treat
  • you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Your doctor should examine you and take a swab or do further tests to confirm the diagnosis.

If you have had thrush before and treated it successfully, but it was more than six months previously, then it is fine to treat it yourself without seeing a doctor.

Not sure what to do next?

If you are still concerned about your vaginal thrush, why not use healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.

The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).

Last reviewed: July 2015

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