Thrush is an infection which will happen to most people at some point in their lives. Although women are traditionally most susceptible to thrush in the vaginal form of the disease, it also affects men and children in its more generic forms.
Thrush occurs when a yeast called Candida, which is naturally on the body, grows out of control.
In babies, thrush occurs because the immune system, which regularly controls the yeast, is not developed enough to keep it in balance. A breastfeeding-feeding mother may get a yeast infection of her nipples if her baby has thrush. This can cause sore, red nipples.
Many people will develop thrush after having taken a course of antibiotics which create an imbalance in the body as they are trying to combat disease. This gives the candida an opportunity to grow, which leads to the thrush infection.
In oral thrush, the most common symptoms are white patches which stick to the inside of the mouth and the skin. White patches elsewhere on the body can indicate a skin thrush infection. It looks like cottage cheese. Vaginal thrush is a thick mucusy discharge which also looks like cottage cheese.
Poor appetite and rashes in the area of the infection are also common symptoms that a thrush infection has occurred.
Thrush is traditionally treated by over the counter creams of suppositories which act to combat the symptoms. However, newer homeopathic remedies, such as Yeastrol, are now becoming the recommended cure of physicians, as herbal remedies do not cause such an imbalance as medicinal treatments. In addition, these herbal remedies maintain the bodies candida balance and negate further yeast infections occurring.