Thrush is a fungal infection which can affect both adults and children. This infection occurs because of overgrowth of the fungus Candida. Also referred to as Candidiasis, this infection can affect the genitals or skin. In this article I am going to share information on symptoms of thrush in adults.
Candida or yeast is naturally present in the human body. Microorganisms of our immune system ensure to keep these fungi under control. Symptoms of thrush in adults will rarely be noticed in case Candida is present in the body in the right numbers.
Whenever there is an overgrowth of yeast in the body thrush will appear. For example hormonal disturbances or external irritants can lead to yeast multiplying in large numbers. Use of antibiotics to treat any other medical condition often leads to yeast overgrowth since medicines do not have the ability to distinguish between good and bad bacteria. Women and individuals with a weak immune system have a greater chance of contacting thrush.
Symptoms of thrush in adults may very from person to person. Burning sensation, soreness and severe itching are some of the known symptoms.
Penile thrush or male thrush as it is referred to can cause red patchy sores near the head of the penis, severe itching, and a burning sensation during urination. In certain rare cases men will experience a white discharge also.
Symptoms caused by oral thrush include creamy white lesions inside the mouth, particularly on the tongue, inner cheeks, gums, tonsils, and sometimes on the roof of the mouth. The lesions will be cottage cheese like and can cause pain and bleeding when rubbed or scrapped.
In several cases of oral thrush, the lesions can spread to the Oesophagus. When this happens there will be trouble in swallowing.
Symptoms of Vaginal thrush in women include a whitish or whitish gray discharge which will be like cottage-cheese-in texture and a smell.
While deciding the treatment option for thrush you must carefully weigh the pros and cons of each method. Over-the-counter medications purely provide relief from symptoms of thrush. These medications do nothing to eliminate the root cause of thrush. Anti-fungal medications prescribed by doctors also are not capable of identifying and eliminating the bad bacteria alone responsible for thrush. As a result when used, these drugs kill both the good and the bad bacteria.
One of the most trusted home cures for thrush is yogurt. Yogurt is used because it contains lactobacillus which is healthy, and naturally occurring bacteria capable of fighting and eliminating Candida bacteria in the body. Depending upon the type of thrush yogurt is applied on the affected areas. For example in case of oral thrush yogurt is consumed in orally. In case of male thrush it is applied on the glans or the head of the penis. In case of vaginal thrush too external application is recommended for cure. However applying yogurt in the private parts can become messy. To avoid the mess yogurt can be dipped in a tampon for vaginal use. For application in the glans of penis pieces of cloth dipped in yogurt can be gently wrapped in the affected area.
In general, while undergoing treatment for thrush both men and women must pay adequate attention to hygiene. Treatment for partners is also recommended in all cases where the person to be treated has acquainted the disease from a partner already suffering from thrush.
To get rid of symptoms of thrush in adults the treatment plan must pay attention to a two important aspects which are
a) Eliminate the bad bacteria out of the system and get rid of toxins to remove yeast overgrowth.
b) Stick to a proper diet to ensure that thrush does not recur.