A thrush test can detect for yeast infections which may be present in the mouth, skin or vagina. Itching, red rashes, discharge and white patches in the mouth are common symptoms of which Candida albicans is the usual culprit, though sometimes other kinds of yeast may be involved.

Candida is normally present in the body in small amounts without causing symptoms. Symptoms are usually caused by the overgrowth of yeasts, though in some cases they may be triggered by small amounts of yeasts in sensitive individuals. 75% of women experience at least one yeast infection throughout their lifetime.

If you think that you may have a yeast infection, book an appointment for a yeast infection assessment with one of our doctors today. We provide fast, affordable and hassle-free consultations with registered doctors-on-demand day and night, 7 days a week, Australia-wide.

Common types of yeast infection

Learn more about the three most common types of yeast infection

Oral

A thrush test can detect oral yeast infections, which affect the mouth. This condition is most common in infants and the elderly. Symptoms include:

Factors which may increase the likelihood of contracting an oral yeast infection include taking antibiotics, smoking, dry mouth, improperly fitted dentures, poor oral hygiene and receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

  • White spots in the mouth which may bleed
  • Redness in mouth and/or throat
  • Unpleasant taste in mouth
  • Loss of taste
  • Pain in the mouth
  • Cracked corners of the mouth
  • Difficulty eating and drinking

Factors which may increase the likelihood of contracting an oral yeast infection include taking antibiotics, smoking, dry mouth, improperly fitted dentures, poor oral hygiene and receiving chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Vaginal

A thrush test at home can detect vaginal yeast infections, which affect the vagina. Symptoms include:

  • Vaginal itching, irritation or discomfort
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Vaginal redness and/or swelling

Factors which may contribute to developing vaginal yeast infections include hormonal changes (such as pregnancy), medical conditions (like diabetes) and medicines (especially antibiotics).

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Skin

Yeast infections that affect the skin are called ‘cutaneous candidiasis’; they may also affect the nails. Common symptoms include:

  • Red rash
  • Itchy, cracked, scaly or flaky skin
  • Red or purple patches
  • Sore skin
  • Discoloured or thickened nails
  • Blisters

Risk factors for developing cutaneous candidiasis include wearing tight or restrictive clothing, poor hygiene, humid or hot weather, pregnancy, inflammatory diseases, diabetes and hypothyroidism.

Thrush treatment options

Dealing with yeast infections is relatively simple and involves the use of antifungals which may be purchased over-the-counter or on prescription. The form of antifungal you take (i.e. cream, suppository) will depend on the area that is infected.

  • Oral infections are often treated with antifungal tablets, lozenges or as a mouthwash
  • Vaginal yeast infections tend to be treated in gel, cream, suppository or tablet form
  • Skin infections may be treated with antifungal ointments, creams, sprays or powders

Severe cases may be treated with an oral or intravenous antifungal thrush medication. Most medicines are used once or twice daily for up to six weeks or longer.

Your doctor will help you decide which thrush treatment online is best for you. They will consider factors such as whether or not you are pregnant, what other medicines you are taking, and if you have any health conditions or allergies.

Potential side effects of antifungals include:

  • Itching, redness or burning at the site
  • Headache
  • Indigestion

In rare instances they may cause severe allergic reactions. They also interact with certain medicines. They should not be used by people with liver damage unless your doctor says it is okay.

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