What are the Symptoms of Thrush?



Symptoms of thrush include itching, burning, soreness, swelling of the vagina and vulva (outer area of the vagina), and a yeasty-smelling discharge. Some people may not have any signs or symptoms at all, and may not be aware that they have thrush.

Thrush symptoms in women  

Itching and burning: These are the two most common symptoms of thrush. You may find it difficult to avoid scratching. But scratching will only make the condition worse.

  • Redness, soreness, swelling and pain: The tissue of your genital area is very delicate. The fungal infection makes it red, swollen and very sore to touch. This causes: 

  • Pain and/or discomfort, during sexual intercourse (superficial dyspareunia). 

  • Pain and/or discomfort, during urination (dysuria).

  • Discomfort in sitting and walking.  

  • Discharge: Vaginal discharge is also a common symptom. It is usually white and thicker than the regular discharge. It resembles like yoghurt in appearance and is described by many women as a white, thick, cheesy, sticky, gluey discharge. At times it may also be watery and / or greenish in colour. Although odourless, some women complain of a strong smell of yeast. The quantity of discharge may also vary from a little to a lot. See video on vaginal discharge  

  • Vaginal fissuring: Cracks may appear in severe cases of inflammation.  

  • Satellite lesions: These are sores that appear in and around your genital area. These occur rarely.

Thrush Symptoms in men

  • Balanitis: Inflammation of the penis is the most important symptom of thrush in men.

  • Itching, redness and soreness: The glans penis (head of the penis) becomes very itchy, red and sore. Small red spots may also appear.

  • Pain: You may have pain while urinating. It may be difficult and even extremely painful to pull back your foreskin.

  • Discharge: Smegma is the secretion below your foreskin. In thrush, smegma can increase in quantity, appear yoghurt-like, and have a typical yeast-like smell. You may also have a similar discharge from the penis. 

  • Swelling: Thrush can also cause your foreskin to swell and crack.

Although it can often be difficult to restrain from scratching, remember scratching is only likely to make the problem worse.

Next: Thrush Causes



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