It causes itching, irritation and swelling of the vagina and surrounding area, sometimes with a creamy white cottage cheese-like discharge.
Vaginal thrush is fairly harmless, but it can be uncomfortable. It can also keep returning – this is known as recurrent (or complicated) thrush.
In men, it usually affects the head of the penis – causing irritation, discharge and redness.
While any woman can experience a bout of thrush, you’re particularly prone if you:
Preventing Vaginal thrush
- wash your vaginal area with water and avoid using perfumed soaps, shower gels, vaginal deodorants or douches
- use a regular moisturiser (emollient), such as E45 cream, as a soap substitute, then apply a greasier moisturiser to protect the skin. However, be aware that moisturisers can weaken condoms
- avoid using latex condoms, spermicidal creams or lubricants if they irritate your genital area
- avoid wearing tight-fitting underwear or tights
- try to discuss any sexual issues with your partner – for example, if you are not relaxed or lubricated enough during sex
How can we help?
Often clients with recurrent thrush have tried various anti-fungal cream, tablets or pessaries. However, thrush just seems to re occur.
We encourage a stool test to establish whether the thrush is systemic, and also to identify the type of candida we are treating. There are many different types of candida and a stool test will indicate how effective natural treatments will be in the process of elimination.
Various antimicrobials and anti-fungals will be advised, as well as an anti -candida diet.
Die off is frequently an issue with clients, and the use of probiotics is also recommended sometimes both orally and vaginally.
Food intolerance testing is useful and avoiding trigger foods important to allow the immune system an opportunity to recover.