Urinary tract infections (UTI) and vaginal thrush are common conditions that people present with in the pharmacy. These two conditions have some overlapping symptoms so it is important that we learn the differences in order to be able to distinguish between them.
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- UTIs requires antibiotics from the doctor for successful treatment. Over the counter medicines in the pharmacy are not sufficient
- The most common bacteria implicated in UTI is E.Coli, which usually spreads from the anus to the urethra
- Sexually active women are more prone to acquiring UTIs
- Sometimes, the symptoms of thrush only last for a short time and treatment may not be necessary
- Treatments for thrush can affect condoms and diaphragms
Well, there you have it. I hope this has helped or will be of benefit to you if you ever need it in the future. Thank you for taking the time to read.
Quiz: Which one of these two conditions are sexually transmitted?
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