Thrush in women

Thrush is the most common yeast infection, and the majority of women get it; at least once in their lifetimes. It is nothing serious, and the symptoms often go away without using any treatment. However, it does not mean that you do nothing about it. What is really important is that if you have some sort of an irritation accompanied by a cheese like vaginal discharge. This discharge is either odorless or has a yeast like smell. Your vaginal opening and the area surrounding it may become dry and itchy. Some women experience a slight burning when peeing or during sex. But, the symptoms of thrush in women are very similar to other bacterial diseases, so you should get a proper diagnosis before you get any treatment.

Antifungal creams and suppositories are commonly available to treat thrush. Usually these are all you need to be rid of the problem. In very rare cases, will the doctor prescribe you with antifungal tablets. As thrush in women is caused by the overgrowth of the fungus Candida, the creams and suppositories attack this overgrowth. Most of the time, Candida is harmless and lives in our bodies along with our antibodies. Throughout our lifetimes, these antibodies and funguses are in battle mode, and the antibodies are in control. But a yeast infection occurs whenever the antibodies lose control of the situation and are outnumbered by the fungus. Reason could be pregnancy, reaching menopause, puberty, long course of antibiotics or any other illness where the immune system gets affected. Hormonal changes are also one reason for thrush in women.

What needs to be done, whenever you see symptoms of thrush is that build up on those antibodies. You can do so by taking more yoghurt, which is rich in lactobacillus (the good bacteria) or take lactobacillus supplements. Applying yoghurt to the affected area or inserting it into your vagina both attack at the fungus directly. If you have high blood sugar levels i.e. are diabetic, you need to control your diabetic level immediately. Sugar starves yeast fermentation. Also, most skin infections take longer to heal if the patient is diabetic. Although thrush in women is not a sexually transmitted disease, there are chances that your partner may catch it from you. Refrain from sex, especially if you are using birth control; while using antifungal creams. They can break the latex coating on your condoms and diaphragms. Sometimes birth control pills are also responsible for hormonal changes and may cause thrush symptoms to appear.

Some women may wear tight clothes, or use pantyhose made of synthetic materials such as nylon or silk. These don’t absorb the moisture well creating a damp environment in your crotch area. Women who use feminine douches, scented sanitary pads, antibacterial soaps to clean their genital areas all can get thrush. Keep your genital areas as dry as possible. Use cotton underwear and lose clothing. In case you feel you have some or all of the symptoms of thrush in women don’t worry; it is easily curable and in most of the time no specific medical treatment is required.

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