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Thrush is a common condition and is known as Monilia or Candida. Thrush is commonly found on the body and in the vagina. At times it overgrows and causes a vaginal inflammation. The usual symptoms are vulval (outside of the vagina) itchiness and a discharge, which may be watery, creamy or lumpy and usually there is no odour present. There may also be stinging or burning after passing urine. Thrush is more common in pregnancy and diabetes and may also occur after a course of antibiotics. Most women who have recurrent thrush have no underlying health problems. Thrush is not sexually transmitted, although with a male partner it may cause irritation to the head of the penis. Treatment in the form of vaginal cream or tablets can be purchased at the chemist without prescription. However all that itches is not thrush, so a doctor should diagnose it at least in the first few instances. For those with severe or frequent thrush prescribed courses of tablets may be used. For more information contact your doctor or Family Planning Clinic.