Thrush is not an infection. It is an overgrowth of a tiny yeast organism called Candida albicans which lives naturally in all healthy bodies, thriving in warm, damp enclosed areas.
What to look for
In women the symptoms for vaginal thrush are: Discharge, that is thick, white, looks like curd cheese and is not usually offensive-smelling.
Sore, dry, red, itchy vulva. Stinging when urinating. Soreness in intercourse. Red rash which extends down the thighs or around the arms.
Thrush can be caused by anything that encourages Candida growth including: Antibiotics, Immuno-suppressive drugs, Weakened immune system, Periods of hormonal change which can alter the vaginal acidity and make it easier for Candida to flourish, such as pregnancy and the last week of a woman's menstrual cycle. Thrush can also be aggravated by anything which abrades or irritates the delicate vaginal or labial tissues -sexual intercourse, tight clothing, poor hygiene, tampons, bubble or scented bath preparations.
Tampons soaked in yoghurt may help the condition. Cutting sugar out your diet until it clears up will also help since sugar tends to encourage the growth of yeasts. A balanced diet consisting of anti-Candida which is low in refined sugars, fermented foods and yeasts can be put together by a therapist. Garlic is also a useful anti-infective and antifungal agent.
When to seek further professional advice
If you think you might have thrush and changing your diet does not help you should consult your doctor.
Treatments such as Aromatherapy, Acupuncture, Colour therapy, Ayurvedic Medicine, Chinese and Western Herbalism and Homeopathy can all prove to be very helpful when treating Thrush.
Thrush of any type is normally treated by antifungal drugs such as clotrimazole in the form of ointments, creams or pessaries. There is also a single-dose, oral treatment called fluconazole. A doctor may also suggest that while suffering from thrush women should avoid tight clothes and wear cotton underwear, rather than nylon.
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