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Understanding What A Thrush Infection Is

Jun 6, 2008
As you are no doubt aware the human body is made up of millions upon millions of cells along with both good and bad bacterias Sometimes the bacterias get out of balance and multiply rapidly causing infection, Thrush is one of these infections.

One of the many bacteria's that lives on the human body is Candida Albicans. This bacterium is found on and in about eighty percent of the human population. Candida Albicans can be found in several areas of the body including the colon, vagina, stomach, throat, mouth and rectum. Under normal conditions Candida Albicans do not cause any problems but an over stimulation and growth of this bacteria can lead to a thrush infection or candidiasis.

A thrush infection is not a serious problem, however it does cause major discomfort. It can also lead to a much more serious condition if it is left untreated which is why anyone suspecting the symptoms of a thrush infection should visit a doctor for medical advice. If the thrush persists you should quickly be seen to by a doctor,never ignore it.

Signs And Symptoms

Oral Thrush: Having white creamy patches in the mouth is the most common sign of an oral thrush infection. In addition you may have red spots in the mouth, crusts forming at the corner of the mouths and difficulties swallowing.

A vaginal thrush infection is most commonly recognized by a creamy white discharge. Often this discharge will be accompanied by burning and itching in the vaginal area. The lips of the vagina may also swell and become red with tenderness when touched. Women are the main sufferers of thrush. It is estimated that about seventy-five percent of women will have a thrush infection at least once in their lives.

Prevention of a Thrush Infection

How do you avoid getting a thrush infection? In normal conditions a normal amount of yeast is present and is important for good vaginal health. One good way you can prevent a thrush infection from occurring is by Limiting sugar intakes as this is beneficial to preventing a thrush infection since thrush thrives on sugar. You can prevent the recurrence of a thrush infection by eating a low sugar diet. You also want to allow the infected area to breath by wearing cotton undergarments, pants and skirts and make sure you clothing is loose fitting.

It is best not to use over the counter medication in an attempt for self treatment since some antibiotics and other medications can make the infection worse. Before trying any kind of medical treatment it is best to seek the advice of a medical doctor. If the infection persists it is very important that you revisit your doctor so that he or she may carry out further tests to examine wether there is another cause for your continued ailment.
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