Can thrush appear in other parts of the body?
YES. Thrush can appear literally anywhere in the body. However, the most common areas are the vagina, mouth, and on the skin and nails. There have even been reported cases of a thrush infection developing in the lungs as well.
Can men develop thrush?
Thrush is more prevalent in women but can affect men too. Symptoms for males include a possibly smelly discharge, a tighter foreskin, and either red or white patches that appear on the penis and can sometimes cause irritation/itching. Such symptoms can also be a sign of other conditions potentially more harmful than thrush, so a male experiencing symptoms of that nature should hastily visit their GP or a sexual health clinic. The treatment process is typically the same as for women, such as the same creams and tablets.
How can you take steps to preventing vaginal thrush?
In some cases, a vaginal yeast infection will not be able to be prevented, but there are steps you can take to reduce the overall likeliness of it happening. Such methods include:
- Stay clear of feminine hygiene sprays
- Changing your underwear more frequently
- Wear loose, soft (cotton, silk, etc.) underwear
- Eat yogurt containing active bacterial cultures that replenish healthy bacteria
Are there any long-term complications related to vaginal thrush?
NO. A vaginal yeast infection shouldn’t lead to any long-term issues. However, some women will be affected by recurring bouts of vaginal thrush which can cause them to feel depressed and can interfere with their sex life. Approximately 5% of all women will experience this issue; seek further help by speaking to your GP if you are affected.
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