Dr. Jonty Heaversedge talks about the possibility of contracting thrush from your partner.
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Host: Hello I am Emma Howard (ph) and I am joined by Jonty Heaversedge,. He is an expert on mens health problem. Hello! Jonty. Jonty Heaversedge: Hi! Host: I have a question here, which I think a lot of young men, will be very interested to hear the answer. Is it possible for me to catch thrush from my girlfriend? Jonty Heaversedge: Okay, that's a straight forward into the point, isn't it? The answer is yes. It is possible. But thrush isn't a sexually transmitted infection. We don't consider it to be a sexually transmitted infection. Thrush, which is caused by a yeast infection, with something Candida albicans, actually is on all of our skin naturally and actually, within our bowel. So it's present in every body. And very often what happens is it just so happens, you get a flare up of the thrush, of the yeast infection. In men particularly often, under the foreskin because that's where it's warm and moist and it encourages exactly perfect conditions for yeast infection to grow. Host: So men can get it all on their own and maybe it sexually active even if they could contract -- Jonty Heaversedge: Absolutely, men contract thrush all on their own as simply as they can contract athletes foot or any other fungal infection, it's not uncommon. And the symptoms, for example, they might become aware of are that, the end of the penis, the glands, the head of the penis, can become inflamed, a bit red, itchy and sore. Sometimes you get little red spots on it and I get a lot of men coming in to see me because obviously, they are worried that they might be sexually transmitted infection. But commonly, that's thrush. If you have not had it before, you should always get a GP, to look at it and check. But if you are someone who has had it before and you recognize the symptoms, then, you can buy antifungal creams from any pharmacist that should be able to settle it down. Host: And they are very effective and they work very quickly. Jonty Heaversedge: They do. They work very quickly. I mean, I tend to suggest it's often worth treating a partner at the same time, because there is that risk of the cross contamination. So if you treat both partners and keep going for couple of weeks, after the signs of the infection have cleared out. Just to make sure, you have completed treated any remaining fungus there. Host: Lots of people, like using, there is natural remedy of yogurt with probiotic elements to it. They say, that works very well with thrush. What do you think of that? Jonty Heaversedge: Yeah one of the reasons that it is worthy to yeast infections are kept in check on our skin, within our bowel, is because we have natural friendly bacteria all over us that actually, work to keep these infections in check. So that's why women for example, when they take antibiotic very often get a flare up of their thrush, that's because the antibiotics have killed off, the friendly bacteria as well as some of the harmful bacteria. Host: So yogurt with live cultures can be quite helpful? Jonty Heaversedge: Absolutely, yeah, I know it can be helpful. Yeah, I am not a great fan of that. Just give it a thought of it. I would rather get an antifungal cream but whatever it takes you fancy. Host: Jonty, thank you very much giving us a note. Now, if you have a similar problem, we hope we might have given you some help. But remember it's always best to go and see your own doctor for medical advice. Thanks, for watching we'll be back with more health questions and answers.