What is the Best Treatment for Thrush?

There isn’t one type of thrush treatment that will work best for all the various types of thrush. That’s because this infection can manifest on many different parts of the body. For each one, the effect is a bit different, and the treatment needs to vary as well.

We’re going to break down the most common types of thrush and what treatment works best in each case:

Vaginal Thrush

One type of thrush affects women in their reproductive system, appearing in the vagina and is usually treated with common antifungal medications - Miconazole, Clotrimazole or Fluconazole. In most cases, one of these will make the infection go away, but your doctor will also tell you to practice proper hygiene and clean the affected area carefully but gently each day. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, then oral medication may not be the best option. Your doctor will likely prescribe you an alternative antifungal treatment.

Penile Thrush

For men experiencing thrush on their penis, doctors often recommend imidazole. This general treatment can work on most types of thrush and is generally the recommended treatment for penile thrush. There may be instances where the thrush hasn’t cleared up after about two weeks of treatment. In those cases, the doctor will then prescribe Fluconazole. This will help to attack the infection in another way and may be more effective at clearing up the problem.

Oral Thrush

The other most common type of thrush is oral thrush- an infection that appears in cottage cheese-like lesions inside the mouth. Fluconazole is the most effective oral thrush treatment. It will be more effective in treating people who do not have AIDS as opposed to those who do have it, but it can be effective for both. If the problem isn’t cleared up by this medication, the doctor may prescribe another anti-fungal medication.

The Right Treatment

As you can see, there isn’t always one best treatment for each type of thrush. Not everyone will respond the same way to the same medication, and doctors may have to engage in some trial and error to find the best treatment plan. Your age and medical condition will also determine which type of treatment is most appropriate in your situation.

While most medications used to treat thrush are available over the counter, be sure to talk to a doctor or pharmacist before you start using them in order to ensure you are using the best medication for your particular circumstances.

In order for the treatment to be as effective as possible, you should also practice good hygiene and keep the affected area clean, washing it daily and keeping it clear of bacteria.

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