Antibiotics and Thrush

Curious about antibiotics and Thrush?! Well, we’re here to give you all the facts

Thrush is a common infection caused by an overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans. There are two main types of Thrush infection: oral and vaginal. Approximately 75% of women will have experienced vaginal Thrush in their lifetime.

Vagina’s as we know are incredible organs that are ‘self-cleaning’ maintaining the perfect pH balance to keep nasty bacteria out. A type of good bacteria called Lactobacillus helps to keep the vagina more acidic, preventing yeast and bacterial infections.

Broad-spectrum antibiotics that are often used to treat your basic bacterial infections like sinusitis/tonsilitis etc. wipe out the bad bacteria causing the infection, but also can wipe out the good bacteria like Lactobacillus. Without enough Lactobacillus your vagina can become less acidic and a great environment for yeast infections like Thrush to grow and survive!


⚪️ Thick, white (cottage cheesy) discharge

🐟 Fishy odour

🔥 Vaginal discomfort, itching or burning

🍑 Redness or swelling of the vulva

🚽 Stinging or burning during urination or sex


💊 When you start antibiotics, it is important to take a probiotic at the same time to

try and prevent Thrush!

👙 Change out of wet swimwear and underwear as soon as possible

👗 Wear loose-fitting clothing

🩲 Wear breathable cotton underwear

🧼 Avoid soaps, douching or other vaginal cleaning products (remember it is self-c



🔸 If you already have symptoms of a yeast infection you can use antifungal creams or

pessaries (which can be bought over the counter at the pharmacy)

🔸 If symptoms persist you should see your GP and they can perform a swab to

confirm it is Thrush and then prescribe an oral tablet for treatment

Please remember to see your GP with any concerns!

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