Vaginal Thrush

Written by Patricia Skinner
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The environment of the body is so delicate that only a slight change in chemical balance can throw the naturally existing flora out of harmony, creating some very uncomfortable conditions. Take vaginal thrush for example. Candida is the yeast that causes thrush, and it lives in the body normally. Any slight depression of the immune system, coupled with the right conditions, can cause candida to multiply and produce an attack of vaginal thrush.

The symptoms of vaginal thrush include intense itching of the entire area, redness and soreness, and a thick, cheesy discharge. In addition, some women develop cracks and fissures around the vagina and perineum. There may be burning on urination, and painful intercourse may be an issue.

Causes of Vaginal Thrush

Just a few of the situations that might trigger an attack include the use of antibiotics, the contraceptive pill, the development or worsening of diabetes, hormonal fluctuations such as pregnancy, the menopause, or even hypothyroidism, or the use of steroids. Alcohol can also cause vaginal thrush because it is a perfect food for this yeast. As food can be a major cause of thrush, it's important to restrict intake of sugary and starchy foods as part of the strategy to get rid of it.

Some factors which women do not consider as triggers for thrush include wearing tight clothing, especially if it is made from synthetic fibers. The only type of underwear you should wear if you are predisposed to thrush infections is pure cotton. This is best for several reasons. Cotton is more comfortable and does not encourage the growth of organisms like synthetic fibers. In addition, cotton underwear can be washed at higher temperatures in order to kill any candida organisms lurking there. This will effectively cut down on the likelihood of reinfecting yourself.

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