That Itchy Vagina

…and by itchy I am meaning candidiasis, also known as thrush.

Thrush is a medical condition in which a fungus called Candida albicans overgrows. This fungus is normally found in the vagina but when other bacteria called lactobacilli stop doing their job properly it overgrows causing a yeast infection to occur.

It is estimated that three quarters of all women will, at some time during their lives, experience a thrush infection. Some of the symptoms include itching, burning and pain during urination and/or intercourse. I am jealous of that one quarter.

Perhaps now you are wondering why I am ranting about this but YES I have it, again. They believe that it can be caused by many different factors such as illness,  medications or stress. The key word in that sentence is MANY which means that anything can bring this ridiculous condition on. As I am currently on practicum I have experienced all three. I have lost count of the amount of colds and sore throats I have had over the past eight weeks and have gone on new medications to try and assist my bloating.

Treatment has been difficult. I get recurrent thrush and am currently take a fluconazole tablet once a fortnight to keep it in check. Now I have been trying to wean myself off these tablets as they can be harmful to your liver and up until now I have been fine. As I can’t get into see my doctor until next week I am relying on anti-fungal creams to help lesson the symptoms as these no longer get rid of it for me.

As far as prevention I have tried most. These included:

  • Wearing less tight clothes
  • Always wearing a liner with underwear
  • Eating acidophilus yoghurt
  • Avoiding perfumed and coloured soaps and bubble baths

None of these seem to make much of a difference.

My big advice is to eat healthy, stay active and get as much sleep as you can! Don’t get run down and listen to your body and take a break when you need it

 

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