The yeast infections that arise due to a certain fungus called Candida albicans can cause a lot of troublesome issues in the body if they are not taken care promptly. And one of the more serious infections caused by this yeast fungus in women happens to be named vaginal thrush.
What Is Vaginal Thrush? How Is It Caused?
Basically an infection in and around the vaginal area, thrush occurs when the numbers of the Candida albicans fungus start increasing abnormally. It is a known fact the moist areas of the body, including the vagina, would contain miniscule levels of Candida albicans on a regular basis.
The body has its own mechanism of stopping these funguses from thriving in the body. This so called mechanism is stimulated by the body’s immune system and the good bacteria present in the same.
The presence of a strong immune system and bountiful amounts of harmless bacteria (usually found on the skin) makes sure that the Candida albicans fungus remains inhibited.
However, if the immune system becomes weak or if the number of good bacteria in the body dwindles, the conditions for the growth of Candida albicans become favorable and so the fungus starts to invade the regions of the body that are usually moist, including the vagina, underarms, groin, mouth etc.
Vaginal thrush is caused as a result of the invasion of the Candida Albicans fungus in the vaginal area. And even though the main cause for vaginal thrush is the Candida albicans fungus, other similar types of Candida spp (including Candida tropicalis and Candida glabrata etc.) can also cause the issue and the symptoms associated with the same.
Understanding The Symptoms Of Vaginal Thrush
So how exactly do you spot a vaginal thrush? And how can you differentiate it from any other normal vaginal issue? Well there are some symptoms that can help you identify the issue as and when it starts affecting the body. While most of these symptoms would disappear on their own some would recur and would need medical assistance to get rid of.
Here are some of the more common symptoms of vaginal thrush that you need to be aware of.
Vaginal thrush can cause vaginal discharge and is often touted to be one of the major reasons for the issue in women. Vaginal Thrush can cause a creamy white discharge that would be either watery or very thick.
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The discharge would not be smelly (as opposed to vaginal discharge caused by bacterial infections) and would be usually accompanied by extreme discomfort, pain, redness, swelling, and itching in and around the vagina.
Vaginal thrush would cause the region around the vagina (including the vulva and entrance) to become sore and develop cracks (on the skin surrounding the area). In some cases, it may also cause swelling and inflammation in the vagina and can cause sores to open up all around it.
Vaginal Thrush can sometimes cause extreme pain and discomfort during sex. Women suffering from the issue would also find it very hard and painful to urinate properly.
Important Points To Be Noted
Here are some important pointers you need to keep in mind about Vaginal thrush.Vaginal Thrush is a yeast infection. It stays only in the vaginal area and does not move to other parts of the body like the uterus.
So if you are pregnant and contract vaginal thrush, you don’t need to worry about the infection reaching the baby. Vaginal thrush in itself would not damage the vagina but just cause discomfort and pain in the same via the above mentioned symptoms.
Almost every other woman would get affected by vaginal thrush at some point of time in her life. So the issue is not restricted to certain women or conditions alone.
Certain medications and antibiotics can also cause vaginal thrush. For example, diabetic and pregnant women are more likely to develop the condition. Again, women who take medications for conditions like cancer can get affected by vaginal thrush as well.
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