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celery
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What exactly is thrush?
I searched for other threads but there were only 3 or 4, and they didn't really say what thrush was!

I know it's an STD, but that's all i know!

(p.s Sorry for spelling it wrong in the subject, but now i can't even change it! hehe)

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Lady Moonlight
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From and article on WebMD:

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Candida is a fungus that normally is present in small amounts in the mouth and on other mucous membranes. However, under certain circumstances, candida can grow out of control, causing an infection of the mouth, tongue, and throat called thrush. Thrush is also called oropharyngeal candidiasis, or OPC.

So in other words, thrush is another version of a yeast infection, but in the mouth and throat. It is not necessarily an STI, but a person performing unprotected oral sex on a woman with a genital yeast infection is succeptible to getting thrush.


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ErinK
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Thrush is just another name for a yeast infection. Here's some info from medinfo:
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Thrush is the widely used term for a common fungal infection caused by Candida albicans. Usually this takes the form of trivial vaginal or mouth infections, although it can affect the body more widely and seriously on rare occasions.

Vaginal Thrush

This causes itch and a cheesy discharge. The area is often redder than usual. It is often painful too, especially on intercourse, and may be associated with frequency of passing water and burning or pain on passing water. It may, therefore be confused with bladder infections (cystitis). Thrush, however is usually associated with itching, which cystitis is not.

Oral Thrush

This may cause a sore mouth and throat, and as well as redness, it is characterised by white discharge on the surface. Babies, especially those being bottle fed, may suffer from this, as well as adults.


So,while thrush can be transmitted sexually, it can also occur when the natural balance of your body gets off and the yeast beasts grow unchecked. It's treatable with a variety of methods.

We have an article on yeast infections here: The FBI Files: Yeast Infections -- that will tell you more than you ever wanted to know.

erin


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Lady Moonlight
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Wheee! Advocate mind meld!
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