Thrush is a fungal infection caused by a fungus known as Candida. The parts of the body that are most commonly infected by Candida are the oral cavity and the vagina.
- Although Candida is commonly present in small amounts in various moist parts of the body , factors which may encourage growth are:
- - chemical (douches, creams, lubricants, medications etc)
- - antibiotic usage
- -a weakened immune system. A weak immune system is not able to control and prevent the growth of the fungi as efficiently as a strong and healthy immune system.
- Vaginal thrush
- This causes inflammation of the vagina which results in itching, burning, discharge and an unpleasant odour. It is best to avoid sex until the infection has cleared.
- Infection fighting remedies
- - Take 1 or 2 capsules of garlic daily (not odourless). Its antifungal action makes it useful against yeast infections.
- - Everyday take non dairy acidophilus capsules.
- - To help the immune sytem fight the infection take Echinacea capsules or Echinacea tincture. A combination of Echinacea and garlic tincture may also be taken up to three times a day.
- Internal usage.
- Lavender and Tea tree pessaries - wonderfully soothing lavender and tea tree oil in a base of cocoa butter.
- Calendula pessaries - anti fungal properties of calendula combines with its anti-inflammatory action
- Thrush may also occur on the head of a male's penis or foreskin causing symptoms such as redness, itching and burning.
- Oral Thrush
Oral thrush is most commonly found in children and people with a weak immune system. White patches on the tongue, inner cheeks and palate may indicate oral thrush. Oral thrush rarely causes excessive discomfort, however itching and sensitivity may occur. Strengthening the immune system and eating a healthy diet may help prevent oral thrush.
Stress and emotional shock or trauma may cause a disturbance in one's pH and immune system, resulting in either oral or vaginal thrush. If your condition has not resolved within 1 week, then please consult your healthcare practitioner.