Vaginal thrush also known as candidiasis is an infection caused by a fungal yeast called candida. This fungal yeast is normally harmless and they can be found around the skin or the area surrounding the vagina. In the right condition they can multiply in the vagina and become symptomatic as they thrive in warm and moist regions.
Symptoms of Vaginal Thrush
When you have vaginal thrush, your discharge can be whitish and thick or watery but the discharge does not smell.
- You can experience redness and itching.
- There can be pain during intercourse or when urinating.
In a case of minor infection, the thrush clears up on its own. The problem with vaginal thrush is that it keeps recurring and you might have to seek medical
treatment for it.
Who is likely to have Vaginal Thrush
If you are pregnant, diabetic or taking antibiotics. Also people with weak immune system such as those undergoing chemotherapy treatment can have vaginal thrush.
Treatment for Vaginal Thrush
If you suspect you have vaginal thrush but not completely sure, see your doctor who will take a sample of the discharge with a swab and send it to the
laboratory to be tested.
Tablets like fluconazole and itraconazole can be taken but pregnant women and breast feeding mothers are advised against taking it.
Topical creams like clotrimazole and econazole can be applied to the vagina to rid it of thrush.
Anti-thrush pessaries are also available for treating thrush. This is inserted into the vagina using an applicator.
Vaginal thrush does not cause any damage to your vagina or womb and if you are pregnant, it cannot harm your baby. It is not a sexually transmitted disease but can develop after having intercourse.