The answer to the question- Is thrush Contagious?
Most people ask the question:
is thrush contagious? The answer lies in the understanding of this
infection. So prior to answer this question, understanding what thrush is
and what causes thrush is important.
Thrush is an infection caused
by yeast or candida. Candidas also called yeasts are present on body and
normally do not cause any harm because of the immune system and the other
good bacteria keep them in check. But when they become over power due to
the weakness of immune system they multiply themselves and cause thrust.
The ideal places for this fungus to dwell and spread are the moist places.
They can infect various parts of the body like mouth, liver, lungs,
esophagus and skin.
They are the culprits behind
the diaper rash, vaginal or penile yeast infections. Many medications like
antibiotics and many illnesses like HIV infections or cancer can cause
this infection. High intake of sugar can also cause this fungus to grow.
People from all age groups can get this infection, but it is more common
in babies, older adults, women and people with weaker immune system.
Because of the causes and the mechanism behind the production of the
fungus there is no straight answer to the question-is thrush contagious
or not? But in most of the cases it is contagious.
Following are some of the
conditions in which thrush is contagious. For example, if you have a
sexual partner and one of the partners is diagnosed with this infection
then the answer to the question, ‘is thrush contagious?’ is
definitely a ‘yes’. A man normally does not feel any symptoms of yeast
infection that is transferred by sexual intercourse, but if
one of the partner is getting treatment for this
infection the other should also get the treatment to get rid of any
infectious fungal passed on.
condition that makes the answer to our question, ‘is thrush contagious?’
a ‘yes’, is the case when a baby or its mother gets the infection. The
infection can be transferred from the breastfeeding mother to the baby or
from the baby to the mother and this cycle can keep on running if they do
not get the proper treatment and do not take actions to stop the further
progress of the infection. There are also some preventive measures that
should be observed in order to save baby and the mother from this
infection. The mothers should check their breasts for any abnormal redness
on nipples, shiny or flaky skin on the areola.
is a bout of shooting sharp pains deep within the breast then there is
something definitely wrong and need to be cured. Mothers should clean
their breasts after breast feeding and then dry and apply lanolin lotion.
Nursing pads also play a role in spreading the infection. Always prefer
nursing pads made without a plastic barrier because plastic barrier can
provide the ideal place for the fungus to grow. Mothers should daily wash
the bottle nipples and pacifiers with hot water. Thus, this infection can
be prevented, but in most of the cases when we are asked ‘is thrush
contagious’ we say, ‘yes it is’.
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