Thrush is a kind of infection that is caused by the excessive growth of yeast in different parts of the body. It occurs in both men and women, but is more commonly found in women. One form of thrush that affects women the most is vaginal thrush. It is a very painful infection, and can be very difficult to deal with. Most women will experience thrush at least once during their life. It usually goes away on its own but at other times remains and can become a recurring problem if not treated properly.
There are very basic symptoms of vaginal thrush. It causes a mild rash, sores and lesions around the intimate area. This makes the area itch, which in turn only worsens the problem. It becomes sore and painful as well as slightly swollen. A burning sensation is also experienced, usually while urinating. It is also accompanied with a white discharge, which is creamy like yoghurt and smells of yeast. This is one of the most easily recognized symptoms of thrush and helps distinguish it from urinary infection. There is discomfort and pain while walking or sitting for a long time, which can become constant if the thrush is not treated.
The main cause of thrush is the increase in the concentration of the candid albicans in various areas of the body. This yeast is the cause of the all the problems related to thrush. The yeast many start to grow faster because of many reasons. One of the main and most common ones is a course of antibiotics. They may reduce the bacteria which keep the yeast from growing and lead to thrush. Using a contraceptive device or an intra-uterine device can also be a major cause since they can at times lead to infections which in turn lead to thrush.
A poor diet, lacking in nutrition can also lead to changes in the body's chemical structure and lead to growth of the yeast. Lack of exercise and daily movement can also create an environment for the yeast to grow in numbers. Diabetes, allergies, sex, periods and even pregnancy can lead to changes in the chemical make-up of the body over a period of time that leads to the growth of the yeast that causes thrush.
Thrush also requires a warm, moist place to develop. Unhygienic practices and wearing extremely tight clothing will contribute to this. Thrush once developed needs to be diagnosed and treated immediately, since it is possibly fatal after a certain point. Most women can diagnose the disease on their own and even get treatment accordingly. However, it is best to consult a doctor or a gynaecologist immediately after you see any symptoms of thrush or even if you have a persistent itch around the intimate region. Treatment is easy to procure and is extremely effective in ridding one of the infections. Apart from that, maintaining a hygienic lifestyle is also extremely important for the infection to be battled and removed in time.