Thrush symptoms

The name of thrush refers to a fungal infection of the mouth. However, the title of thrush is used when the same fungi, namely Candida Albicans, infects the genital area of women. In some rare cases, male genital thrush can also appear.

When it comes to oral thrush symptoms, they are very similar from patient to patient and tend to limit themselves to finding white patches of skin inside the patient’s mouth. Usually these patches are accompanied by other thrush symptoms that can range from the bleeding of the affected areas of the skin to irritation of the surrounding areas inside your mouth. A sense of overall discomfort inside your mouth is also common. All of these come with the added symptoms of dry mouth, bad breath and discomfort when swallowing.

Oral thrush symptoms can be made worse by eating spicy foods or drinking carbonated beverages. If the infection is not dealt with swiftly it can cause quite serious health problems, especially if it starts spreading and it isn’t stopped. The treatment method for oral thrush is twofold; on the one hand it focuses on boosting up the immune system so that it will properly protect the patient from the infection and on the other hand it will directly treat the infection through anti-fungal medication.

Vaginal thrush symptoms tend to focus on being a white vaginal discharge, a persistent and sometimes painful itching, irritation and a burning sensation when urinating. These are the symptoms which can be noticed with ease; however, many women also develop chronic thrush symptoms like a general sense of fatigue and an overall lack of energy coupled with joint aches and food cravings.

The same thing that causes oral and vaginal thrush can also affect the toes thus causing athlete’s foot. This is due to the fact that the cause thrives in areas that are moist and warm.

In order to properly treat thrush it is important to understand what it is and to prevent its spreading while also reducing the pain and the symptoms.

The disease is caused when the Candida yeast grows unchecked and it roots itself very deep into the affected area. This overgrowth can be caused by many things either a weakened or weak immune system, birth control pills, a recent course of strong antibiotics, a diet poor in nutritional value and even stress. Normally the growth of this type of fungi would be controlled by the other bacterial flora that inhabits our body, but in some cases this can’t happen when those other organisms are killed off or reduced in number because of the upper mentioned reasons.

This wouldn’t be that much of a problem because a cure already exists. Unfortunately, all thrush treatments, while eliminating the problem on the whole, won’t completely eradicate the infection. A few yeast cells are always left behind. Also, it has to be understood that we already have this and many more other kinds of bacterial life forms living in our bodies and most of them help us with digesting our food. This means that there will always be the problem of thrush recurring after the first infection and this is the reason why many women who experienced it once have a higher probability of developing new infections.

However, things aren’t that bleak and there are measures that one can take in order to get rid of these infections or to prevent and deal with all of the thrush symptoms. Because sugar is the main food source for most fungi in nature, this means that by reducing your sugar intake you can actively prevent the reoccurrence of the infection.

Last updated on May 13th, 2010 and filed under Other Conditions & Diseases. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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