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.

Another 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.

If there 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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