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What happens if thrush is left untreated?

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What happens if thrush is left untreated?

If you’re suffering from thrush, it’s important to get it treated so you don’t suffer for any longer than you need to and you minimise the risk of potentially passing it on. Here we’ll reveal what happens if thrush is left untreated…

What causes thrush?

Vaginal thrush is caused by an overgrowth of a type of yeast called Candida. Did you know that Candida is actually present in your body? Yep. It usually lives harmlessly in the mouth, gut & vagina, however it can overgrow if your body’s natural balance is disrupted. 

Why do I keep getting thrush?

There’s lot of reasons why you might be suffering from recurrent thrush. From taking antibiotics and hormonal changes to the infection not being fully cleared. Make sure you read our blog all about recurrent thrush for more details. 

Can thrush go away on its own?

In some cases, mild thrush may go away on its own, however we always recommend getting seen by a doctor or taking steps to treat & clear the infection if you know the symptoms. Most yeast infections won’t completely clear without correct treatment or a change in lifestyle. 

What happens if thrush is left untreated?

Discomfort & pain

Vaginal thrush is pretty unpleasant & uncomfortable, if left untreated you’ll continue to experience itching, burning & general discomfort and pain in the vagina and surrounding areas. 

Recurrent infections

Not clearing the infection properly (or at all) can cause vaginal thrush to flare up frequently, making it more difficult to treat. 

Sexual complications

You probably know that thrush makes sex less than pleasurable, there’s also the risk of passing the infection onto your partner. Read our blog all about whether thrush is contagious for more information.

Skin infection

If the inflamed area becomes cracked or you’re continually scratching you’re much more prone to infection.

Invasive candidiasis

This happens when the yeast infection affects another part of the body (like your blood, heart, brain, bones or eyes), it’s usually associated with an open sore that’s exposed to a yeast infection. Although not typically related to vaginal thrush, it can cause serious health complications when not promptly treated. 

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Remember: it may not be thrush

Thrush has similar symptoms to other conditions, many people purchase thrush treatment without seeing a doctor first when they’re actually suffering from something else.

Plenty of people also find they have thrush symptoms but they’re actually suffering from a reaction or irritation caused by a sensitivity to soaps, fragrances or even period care

How to prevent thrush

There’s some steps you can take to prevent thrush from rearing its unpleasant & uncomfortable head:

  • Dry your vagina properly after washing.
  • Avoid sex if it’s uncomfortable.
  • Don’t use soap or shower gel on your vulva.
  • Drink lots of fluid.
  • Use organic cotton period care.
  • Wear organic cotton underwear. 
  • Use sensitive or fragrance-free detergents to wash your underwear. 
  • Swap to showers instead of baths. 
  • Don’t use douches or deodorants on your vagina. 


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