A common “female” disease, thrush may be asymptomatic. Opinion, a purely feminine disease is misleading because men are also exposed to the fungus Candida albicans: they can be carriers and not even know it. Thrush or candidiasis can be a serious health risk, so it is important to know prevention and timely diagnosis of this disease.
What causes a yeast infection
Since our birth, our body is inhabited by bacteria, including opportunistic pathogens. This fungus is Candida albicans: it is part of the normal microflora of the mucous membranes (oral mucosa, intestines, genitals). Once the body’s defenses are weakened, the fungus starts to proliferate and the person develops candidiasis. Candidiasis of the vagina and the penis occurs most often, but also distinguish a candidiasis of the mouth, intestine and internal organs (systemic candidiasis).
In the acute form of the disease symptoms expressed clearly: it is a secretion from their vagina cheesy, with sour smell, pain during urination, redness of the penis, itching, burning in genitals, painful intercourse. In chronic candidiasis might be a slight itching or discomfort in genitals, thrush is often accompanied by the development of cystitis, adnexitis, etc. In a hidden form candidiasis symptoms to identify the disease is possible only through laboratory analysis.
The factors contributing to the development of thrush
If the immune system is strong enough, the fungus does not breed beyond the norm and the person is not ill with thrush. However, enhanced proliferation of the fungus may contribute to a number of factors:
- Colds weakened immune
- Endocrine disorders
- Take antibiotics
- Hormonal changes including menstrual cycle
- Neglect of personal hygiene, frequent change of sexual partners
- Wearing synthetic underwear
- The abundance in the diet of sweet and starchy food.
To diagnose latent form of yeast infection is possible only through laboratory tests. Therefore, gynecologists recommend to take preventive checkups and tests, even if nothing disturbs. If a woman found a hidden form of candidiasis, treatment will be offered and her partner because the amplified growth of the fungus from one partner leads to infection of the second.
Why is it important to treat yeast infection and how to avoid candidiasis
Both acute and latent form of thrush needs to be treated. If the disease is ignored, then the fungal infection will be hitting the intestines, bladder and other internal organs. The disease affects the immune and hormonal systems, causing problems with health. For women planning pregnancy, to be tested and undergo preventive treatment of yeast infection is a necessity. Since a child can be infected through the placenta or during birth.
As already mentioned, regular visits to the gynecologist (at least 1 time a year, ideally every six months) and analysis (swab of the vagina) will help to identify the infection. To prevent the development of candidiasis, it is important not SuperCool to have a strong immune system, a rational and balanced way to eat, to observe the intimate hygiene and to use condoms.