Thrush is a common fungal condition that affects both men and women. Although the condition is usually harmless, it can cause a significant amount of distress and discomfort for those suffering from the ailment. Symptoms can be embarrassing for sexually active individuals, so dealing with the condition can often be a priority. Luckily there are plenty of over-the-counter thrush creams available for purchase, saving many people an embarrassing doctors appointment. Most thrush creams require a couple of applications a day, over several weeks or more; for most people this is sufficient to get rid of the thrush, at which point the thrush cream no longer needs to be used.