Thrush, otherwise known as yeast infection or Candida, is a type of infection that is caused by fungi or microscopic yeast. They normally develop in areas such as around the dentures, under the breast, in the vagina, nail beds, benefit the skin folds and in the lower abdominal area.
Thrush can occur at any age and are more common in women than in men. Thrush can cause a lot of discomforts because it can bring about burning sensations, redness, swelling and itch on the area affected. Fortunately, thrush can be cured in several ways. Here are some tips on how to cure and get rid of thrush.
First of all, we all know that prevention is the best cure. To prevent yourself from being infected with thrush, avoid having unprotected sex with people who you are not sure of.
Also, avoid medications such as steroids, antibiotics, and birth control pills because they are said to weak your immune system. There is a possibility that antibiotics can cause yeast infection because it can kill the bacteria that prevent the overgrowth of the yeast.
One of reasons why yeast infection occurs is because of douching. So as much as possible, avoid douching since it can alter the vagina's natural pH. Also, avoid using of feminine deodorants as they can irritate the genital area. When it comes to choosing under wears, choose those that made from cotton. Underwear that is non-cotton is non-breathable and will trap the moisture and heat inside, giving the yeast a good environment to grow and multiply.
Also, it is best to avoid very tight clothing such as pantyhose and tight jeans as they can provide warm environment. Additionally, avoid wearing wet clothes and bathing suit for long periods of time as these can also harbor fungal growth. To prevent the bacteria and fungi to rapidly grow and multiply, keep the infected area as clean and dry as possible. Remember that moist areas harbor the growth of bacteria.
There are foods to avoid during an episode of a yeast infection to prevent the infection from getting worse. These foods are baked goods and eggs, refined foods, dried fruits, alcoholic beverages, pasta, sugar, dairy products, yeast, white flour, nuts and seeds, and legumes.
When it comes to planning for you medicines, it is best to consult your doctor first. Your doctor will see to it that the diagnosis is indeed a yeast infection and not other similar conditions such as gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and trichomoniasis.
Most commonly prescribed medications for a yeast infection are tablets, creams, ointments and suppositories, such as butoconazole (Femstat), terconazole terazole), clotrimazole (Clotrimaderm, Canesten), tioconazole (GyneCure), miconazole (Monistat, Monazole, Micozole) and nystatin .
The preferred medication of pregnant women with a yeast infection is a single dose of fluconazole. If your yeast infection is occurring more frequently, your physician may prescribe stronger medications such as Diflucan.
Many people are affected with a thrush or yeast infection since it can easily be spread from one person to another. This type of infection can cause too much discomfort and frustration. Good thing there are a lot of remedies available to cure it. Having proper knowledge and hygiene is very important to avoid getting the infection.