How To Treat Thrush

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Treating Vaginal Thrush Infections

Thrush is a yeast infection caused by the overgrowth of a fungus in the vagina called Candida albicans. Infection develops when 'good' bacteria in the vagina which keep Candida albicans in check, are killed. They are killed when we take antibiotics or eat too many sugary or starchy foods. Signs of thrush include a white yeasty smelling vaginal discharge and vulva soreness (read more about the symptoms of yeast infections). Over the counter suppositories (drugs inserted into the vagina) and creams are sufficient to cure most cases. If an infection persists, then stronger prescription drugs may be necessary.

1. Over The Counter Medicines
Canesten is a popular treatment for thrush in the UK, Australia and Ireland (American brand alternatives are Gyne-Lotrimin and Monistat). Canesten comes in several different formats. It comes in a tube as a cream which is rubbed to the entrance of the vagina to relieve itching and soreness. It also comes a suppository that looks like a big pill. An applicator is supplied which allows you to insert the pill into your vagina. Symptoms generally improve after 3 days of use.

2. Prescription Pills
If your symptoms do not improve or you are prone to persistent infections, your doctor may recommend a stronger medication which is taken orally. There are two main types of prescription drugs for treating thrush: nystatin and Azole. Azole medications include Diflucan (fluconazole), Nizoral (ketoconazole) and Sporanox (itraconazole). For more see, yeast infection treatments.

3. Kolorex
Kolorex is a relatively new product from New Zealand. According to some nutritionists, Kolorex can kill Candida more rapidly than many medications. You need to take one pill a day for 5 days, then twice a day for 8 to 12 weeks. Kolorex is also available in a cream which can be applied topically to the vagina.

4. Caprylic Acid
Caprylic acid is produced in small amounts by the body and acts as an antifungal. It is also available as a nutritional supplement which may help cure an attack of thrush. It should be taken once a day for 5 days and then 3 times a day with meals for 3 to 4 months to prevent reinfection.

5. Pau D'Arco Plus
Another natural antifungal formula, Pau D’Arco helps to clear the body of toxins and stimulates the immune system. It is used for yeast infections, vaginitis and gonorrhea.

6. Douching Mixtures
Douching is a method of washing the vagina with a fluid mixture. It is a popular home remedy used by women with yeast infections and vaginitis. Douche with yogurt - 1 pot of natural live yogurt, mixed with 3 pints (1.75 liters) of boiled, cooled water. Or douche with cider vinegar - add 4 tablespoons to every l liter (3/4 pint) of boiled/cooled water. This will help to change the Ph balance of the vagina making it more hostile to Candida albicans.

7. Foods To Avoid
Avoid pistachio nuts and peanuts because they harbor mould which can add to the problem. Avoid all sugary foods because Candida feeds off them; as well as dairy products including milk. See, Candida diet plan.

8. Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract supplements are anti-fungal and act like a natural antibiotic.

Other Tips

• Avoid using perfumed bubble bath, bath salts and talcum powder.
• Wear cotton knickers and change them everyday.
• If you have a partner he will also need to be treated or you are only likely to become re-infected.
• Eat garlic regularly; it is nature’s best antifungal.
• Take a good quality multi-vitamin daily (Quest, Well-Being All in One Formula for example) to help boost your immune system.
• Take a course of acidophilus/bifidus which will add healthy bacteria back into your system to fight the fungal infection. You can buy this product in most health food stores.

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