Vaginal thrush is a yeast infection of the vagina. It is an infection that can affect both the vagina and the vulva.
A vaginal yeast infection can cause itching, burning, and redness in the vaginal area. It is caused by a fungus that is normally present in the genital area.
You can get vaginal thrush at any time of the month, but it is more common during the warmer months.
Symptoms of vaginal thrush
The symptoms of vaginal thrush are similar to those of other types of yeast infections. However, vaginal thrush can cause itching, burning, and redness in the vaginal area.
The symptoms of vaginal thrush can be similar to those of:
- Vaginal yeast infection
- Vaginal candidiasis
- Vaginal candidiasis in pregnant women
The symptoms of vaginal thrush can vary from person to person. However, the following symptoms can be common:
- Burning sensation
- Painful intercourse
- Painful urination
- Thick or discolored discharge
Causes of vaginal thrush
Vaginal thrush is caused by a fungus called Candida albicans. This fungus is normally present in the genital area.
If you are prone to yeast infections, you can develop vaginal thrush more easily than someone who does not have this condition.
It is important to remember that vaginal thrush is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
In most cases, vaginal thrush will go away on its own without treatment. However, if you have a weakened immune system or a weakened immune system due to illness or medication, your doctor may prescribe antifungal medication.
You can also try the following at home to treat vaginal thrush:
- Apply a wet compress to the affected area several times per day.
- Take antifungal medication orally or vaginally.
- Sitz baths may also help. You can add Epsom salts and baking soda to water and soak in the solution several times per day.
- Apply an antifungal cream or gel.
- Use panty liners to cover the affected area.
Treatment for vaginal thrush
Although you can treat vaginal thrush at home, your doctor may prescribe the following medication:
- Antifungal medication, such as fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), or clotrimazole (Lotrimin)
- Antifungal cream
Outlook for vaginal thrush
Vaginal thrush usually clears up without treatment in about one month. If your symptoms don’t go away in that time, your doctor may recommend you take an antifungal medication.
If you have a weakened immune system or a weakened immune system due to illness or medication, your doctor may prescribe antifungal medication.
Vaginal thrush can be a temporary condition, but it can also be a long-term condition. If you have a weakened immune system, it is important to take care of yourself.
You can get the fungus that causes vaginal thrush from your:
- Genitals that have been in contact with the affected area
You can also get the fungus from:
- Oral sex
- Anal sex
- A new sexual partner
You can spread vaginal thrush to others if you:
- Have sex with someone who has the condition
- Have sex with someone who has recently been diagnosed with the condition
Prevention of vaginal thrush
You can prevent vaginal thrush by taking the following steps:
- Don’t have sex with someone who has the condition.
- Use a condom or other barrier method during sex to prevent the spread of the fungus.
- Use a new condom or other barrier method every time you have sex.
- Wash your genital area with soap and water after having sex.
- Wash your hands before and after touching your genital area.
- Wash your genital area after each sexual encounter.
- Take antifungal medication if you have the condition.
When to see a doctor?
If you have a weakened immune, see your doctor right away. The doctor will check to see if you have any medical conditions that may be increasing your risk of getting vaginal thrush.
If you have any of the following, you may need to see your doctor:
- A weakened immune
- An infection that has not gone away after 2 weeks of treatment
- A history of antibiotic use
You can also see your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- A new vaginal discharge that is green, yellow, or brown in color
- A new vaginal discharge that is thick, white, or clear
- A change in vaginal discharge
- Vaginal itching or irritation
- Pelvic pain
How to prevent vaginal thrush?
The following tips can help you prevent vaginal thrush:
- Wipe from front to back after using the bathroom.
- Change your tampon and pad every 4 to 8 hours.
- Wash your underwear and tampon or pad in hot water.
- Wash your vaginal area after you have sexual intercourse.
- Do not share sex toys or other personal items.
Vaginal thrush is an infection of the vagina or vulva. It is caused by a type of fungus.
- Vaginal thrush is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
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