INFECTION OF THE WEEK...VAGINAL YEAST INFECTION (AKA "THRUSH")
WHAT IS A VAGINAL YEAST INFECTION? –Yeast is a fungus that normally resides inside the vagina in small numbers. A vaginal yeast infection is when too many yeast cells are growing within the vagina, causing an imbalance which creates the infection. These infections are extremely common and although bothersome, they can’t actually harm you in any way and is easily treated.
INFECTION CAUSES –There are various things that can cause a yeast infection. Antibiotics is a common cause in getting thrush as they suspend normal function within the body while they attempt to rid the body of whatever ailment it may have. During this period, it’s easy for the yeast to grow out of control. Some women that find when new foreign objects come into contact with their vaginas, such as lubricant, soap, douches and even new sexual partners, can also lead to thrush.
SYMPTOMS –Thrush can be incredibly uncomfortable when and if symptoms present themselves. One of the most usual symptoms experienced is an unbearable itching around the vagina. Unfortunately, the itching is akin to a mosquito bite, in the way that once you start to scratch you can’t stop. Other symptoms of thrush include, soreness in the vagina, pain or burning whilst urinating or copulating and a thick white chunky discharge. Luckily the discharge does not have a foul odour unlike thrush’s cousin, bacterial vaginosis.
TREATMENT – Treatment for yeast infection is extremely simple and hassle free. You can go to the doctors for a diagnosis but if you are aware of your symptoms and are confident they match the above then it’s as simple as going to the pharmacy and buying yeast infection treatment which is usually a fungal infection medication. The best way to rid your body of thrush is to take both the oral tablet as well as the fungal cream. The tablet will rid you of the yeast infection and restore balance and the cream is to alleviate the itching and burning you may be experiencing.
Always remember to look after yourselves lovers!
Love Lexi XXX