Vaginal thrush is an infection caused by yeast fungi of the genus Candida. According to statistics, 75% of women face it at least once in a lifetime.
Normally, the fungi are present in the body without any clinical manifestations. Changes in the vaginal pH can promote fungal growth and cause disease symptoms.
Thrush is not an STD. It can be triggered by low immune function, antibiotic intake, pregnancy, diabetes, etc.
Vaginal thrush symptoms are:
- vulva and vagina redness
- abnormal (white and curdy) discharge
- pain during urination and sex.
In addition to discomfort, the vaginal thrush symptoms can cause insecurity and anxiety.
It is important to consult a doctor when experiencing these symptoms. The doctor will prescribe vaginal thrush treatment without any additional tests (Candidiasis symptoms are quite evident) or do a smear test for further examination.
Antifungal drugs are generally available over the counter, but recovery depends on the adequate dosage, drug form, and treatment duration prescribed by the doctor.
The doctor can prescribe pills that have a systemic effect on the body. Suppositories and creams introduced into the vagina (mainly at bedtime) produce a localized effect.
Taking a single dose of an antifungal medicine is sometimes enough to treat the infection, but a more serious therapy may also be required. If you are experiencing vaginal thrush symptoms, be sure to consult a doctor.