What is Thrush?

Women would have a yeast infection at least once in their lives.

Also known as vaginal thrush, yeast infections can cause itching, irritation of the vagina and its surrounding regions.

Some women also observe a creamy white cottage cheese-like discharge when they have yeast infections.

Though uncomfortable, vaginal thrush is usually harmless, but it can reoccur and this is known as recurrent thrush.

What types of thrush are there?

There are different types of thrush that can affect different parts of the body including the mouth, skin and the head of the penis in men.

What causes thrush?

A yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans causes thrush. It occurs naturally in the vagina of most women and it is usually kept under control by other naturally occurring bacteria in the vagina but if there is an imbalance in the pH levels of the vagina, this creates a breeding ground for the fungus.

There are numerous things that can cause the pH level of the vagina to change including medication, sex and health conditions that compromise the immune system such as diabetes.

Sometimes thrush and other vaginal conditions such as bacterial vaginosis have the same symptoms so if you suspect that you have thrush head over to your Doctor’s to get a confirmation of the diagnosis.

Thrush doesn’t usually lead to complications such as infertility but they can be extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing especially if you have to itch down there in public, so the sooner you get treated the better.

Photo by marin. Published on 16 November 2012
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