What is Thrush?
Vaginal thrush, is also known as a candidiasis or yeast infection. It’s an overgrowth of yeast that leads to a range of unpleasant symptoms, such as itching and soreness around the vagina. Most women will have thrush at least once during their lives, and many will have more than one episode. However some women experience constant reoccurrence, where a yeast infection continues to be persistent. Recurrent thrush can have an adverse affect on a woman’s self-image as well as her sex life, and it can sometimes be a sign of more serious health issues. Thrush can be extremely uncomfortable. And, if you don’t know what is happening or why, it can be very stressful.
If you have some or all of the above symptoms you can go to your GP and ask to have a swab test done to confirm. It is usually very helpful to ask for a bacterial AND a fungal test to be absolutley clear what the problem is.
Symptoms of Thrush:
Thrush is the second most common cause of a virginal discharge. The discharge is usually creamy white and sometimes watery. It causes itching, redness, discomfort, or pain around the outside of the vagina. Sometimes symptoms are minor and clear up on their own. It does not damage the vagina and does not spread to damage the uterus. It makes the vaginal and genital area sore, swollen and red and thus very painful to urinate and painful to have sex. Sometimes sitting and walking can be painful.
Causes of Thrush:
Some women develop thrush soon after they start a course of antibiotics. Antibiotics not only kill the ‘bad’ bacteria in your body they also destroy the good bacteria, and it is these good bacteria that normally keep the fungi, that naturally reside in our bodies, at bay. A reduction in the number of beneficial bacteria in the body, predominantly in the gut but also in the vagina, allows fungi to multiply and an overgrowth to occur.
Some other causes of thrush are some forms of contraceptives. Allergic reactions of some women to latex condoms could cause thrush. Women who have diabetes are also likely to get thrush. Some researchers believe some diets like sugar, coffee, tea and wine can contribute to thrush – they certainly make the condition worse. Some other perfumed products and deodorants by damaging the tissues around the vagina make a woman prone to thrush. Thrush can also be due to rigorous sex, tight clothes, pregnancy or menstruation and fluctuations of hormones.
Conventional Treatment of Thrush:
There are some pharmaceutical treatments for thrust and they include:
a. Topical treatments
These are pessaries and creams that you insert into the vagina with an applicator. These contain medicines such as fenticonazole, cltrmazole, econazole or miconazole that are anti-yeast medications. You may also need to use some anti-yeast cream on the skin around the vagina for a few days. You do not have get prescriptions since you can buy them in pharmacies.
There are two options that are available Fluconazole which is taken as a single dose, or itraconazole which is taken as two doses over the course of one day. These treatments are available on prescription or buy the fluconazole from pharmacies without a prescription.
Diet & Lifestyle:
- Eat a healthy diet – try to eat as much fresh and raw food as possible, up to 60% or 70% if you can.
- Do not eat any foods that contain sugar, or refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pastries, cakes, biscuits etc. Fungi thrive on sugar.
- Avoid processed food, fried food, tinned and ready meals – so many of these contain sugar and other ingredients known to worsen fungal infections
- Cut out fruit juice, fizzy drinks, alcohol, caffeine until the infection has cleared.
- Wear clean loose cotton clothes and cotton underwear. Research has shown that women who wear nylon underwear or tights are prone to thrust than those who wear cotton underwear.
- Spray the affected area with Silver-MSM Hi Strength & Broad Spectrum Skin Spray - silver has antimicrobial properties, MSM is very healing
Thrush – A Natural Approach:
There are many natural substances that inhibit the growth of fungi internally and topically, and much that can be done to fight the problem naturally.
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NB. This information is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are unsure as to the suitability of any of the products or recommendations with regard to your condition please consult your doctor. If your doctor does not approve of complementary medicine it may be helpful to find one who does.