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Thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection, it occurs normally in the body

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Half of all women get vaginal thrush at some point in their lives, but despite it being so common, it's a health problem that we find embarrassing and don't like to talk about. Although it's harmless, thrush can be very uncomfortable. It can be treated with tablets and creams, but changes to your diet could help to cure and prevent it.

Read on for more information on how food has an effect on thrush, how combining foods could help you, and lists of what you should and shouldn't eat if you're trying to prevent it.

What is thrush?

Thrush is caused by a fungus called candida, which lives harmlessly on your skin, in your mouth, in your gut and in your vagina. It's only when conditions in the body become too acidic that the candida increases and causes thrush.

Who gets thrush?

Men and women can both get thrush, but it's more common in women. Many factors can increase your chance of getting thrush, including having a long course of antibiotics, being on HRT, having a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates and prolonged stress. Thrush is also more common in pregnant women.

What are the symptoms of thrush?

Women might notice itching, redness and discomfort around the vagina and anus and have a creamy white or watery discharge. Sex and having a wee may also become painful. Some people have no symptoms, and sometimes thrush clears up on its own. Next: Find out how food can help to prevent thrush

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Abi

I get thrush very regularly, min once a month. In the last 2 weeks i have had it twice, it's extremely uncomfortable. I train most days at the gym, and i find sweating triggers the thrush, however i just don't want to give up exercise. I eat healthily, but have decided that if i give up any sugary/wheat foods completely for a month to see if i still have the same problems. I have been to the doctors several times about it and have told me that i am just prone to it, i take the pessaries and tablets but it seems like my body is so used to taking this stuff!! Is there anything else i can do?HELP!

marie guy

iv been on a thrush diet for the past 9 days iv lost weight i would like to know can i eat chips from the fish shop if not why not as we can eat Potatoes im going to keep to the diet for all my life now as i cant take yeast sugar and so many more things that make me feel bad - iv started to feel better now -i only eat fish no meat so i have steamed veggies and fish every day as a main meal.

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