Thrush

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  • What is it? Thrush is caused by a yeast (Candida albican) that normally lives harmlessly on the skin, or is found in the mouth, the gut and the vagina without causing any problems or irritation. Normally this yeast is kept in check by harmless friendly bacteria which occur naturally in the human body. Occasionally the body’s usual conditions change and the yeast increases rapidly, causing clinical thrush or candidiasis.

It seems that it is at periods when the defence mechanisms are down that it actually causes a problem. 

This can be when physically or mentally "run down", in women either pregnant or on the oral contraceptive pill, in diabetes and people either on steroids, or whose immune systems are suppressed. Antibiotics, which deplete the naturally occurring bacteria, which are useful to the body, as well as the invading bacteria which they are being used to treat, may disturb the natural balance of the body and lead to thrush developing. Usually this infection takes the form of trivial vaginal or mouth infections, although it can affect the body more widely and seriously on rare occasions. Thrush is also known as Moniliasis or yeast infection.

  • Symptoms: Severe itching and a cheesy discharge are the main symptoms. The vaginal area is often redder than usual and it is often painful too, especially on intercourse. It may be associated with an increased frequency of passing water and a burning or pain on passing water. It may, therefore be confused with bladder infections (Cystitis) although the main difference is that thrush is usually associated with itching, which cystitis is not. Symptoms in women are itching, soreness and redness around the vagina, vulva or anus; a thick, white discharge from the vagina that looks like cottage cheese and smells yeasty; a swollen vulva and pain when you have sex or pass urine. Symptoms in men are irritation, burning or itching under the foreskin or on the tip of the penis; a redness, or red patches, under the foreskin or on the tip of the penis; a thick, cheesy discharge under the foreskin and difficulty in pulling back the foreskin.
  • Transmission: Your chances of developing thrush are increased if you are pregnant, wear lycra shorts or tight nylon clothes, take certain antibiotics, use too much vaginal deodorant or have sex with someone who has a thrush infection however thrush is not usually a Sexually Transmitted Infection.
  • Treatment: An examination of your genital area is carried out by a doctor or a nurse. Samples are taken using a cotton-wool or spongy swab from anywhere you may have thrush. Men have a swab scraped gently under the foreskin whereas women may be given an internal pelvic examination. Also a sample of urine may be taken. The samples are observed under a microscope to check for the yeast infection. In most clinics, the result is available immediately. A second sample may be sent to a laboratory for testing, the result of which is available usually within one week. Treatment is quite simple. Women may be given pessaries (long tablets), to insert into the vagina using a special applicator, and also a cream. On some occasions pills are given instead. Men are given cream and/or pills.
  • Post Treatment: It is always advisable to return for a check-up after you have completed the treatment to make sure that the thrush has cleared and the yeast level present in the body has returned to normal. Any man can develop thrush but it is more likely in uncircumcised men or men with a tight foreskin who should wash under this region as part of their daily routine. The symptoms of thrush may go away without treatment but it can get very sore and a Doctors advice is always recommended. Sometimes men get an uncomfortable swelling of the foreskin but complications are rare. Click here for a list of agencies you can contact should you require further information or help.

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