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Infectious diseasesThrush

Thrush is a yeast infection of the mucus membrane lining of the mouth and the tongue. It is caused by a form of fungus Candida and hence is also known as Candidiasis. Thrush is commonly seen in infants however, it can also infect the adults.

Oral Thrush

• Characteristic White, cream-coloured, or yellow spots are observed in the mouth.

• The spots are slightly raised and no pain in the area of the spots. If you scrape off these spots, they leave small wounds that bleed slightly.

Vaginal thrush

Thrush can cause severe itching, a whitish discharge that looks rather like "cottage cream" and stinging or burning on passing urine (wee). The vulva may be red and swollen. Similar signs can be caused by other conditions so you need to get it checked out by a doctor.

• Severe vulval itching, soreness and irritation.

• Redness of the vagina and vulva.

• Odorless, white (like cottage cheese) thick or thin vaginal discharge.

• Pain or discomfort during sex or when passing urine.

In men, indications may be less noticeable than in women, but include:

• Discomfort when passing urine.

• Discomfort, burning or itching at the tip of the penis or under the foreskin.

• A thick or thin discharge under the foreskin.

• Redness or red patches on the penis or under the foreskin.

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