Vaginal thrush - what is it?
Vaginal thrush is a yeast infection, also known as Candida or just thrush, which causes swelling of the female genitals. The infection is usually caused when the natural pH (acid / alkali) of your body is set off balance.
What are the symptoms of thrush?
The main symptoms of thrush are:
- Burning sensation
- Creamy white discharge
- Pain around the outside of the vagina
How did I get thrush?
Thrush is usually caused by an imbalance of the natural yeasts and the bacteria that live in your body. Some of the factors that could cause you to get thrush are:-
- Medications such as antibiotics or steroids
- Obese people and diabetics can be at high risk
- Menstruation (thrush often coincides with menstruation)
- Sexual behaviour
- Tight clothing
- Perfumed soaps and shower gels
How common is thrush?
Thrush is very common and is estimated to affect around 75% of women in their lifetime. It is less common with younger women that haven’t yet started their menstruation cycle and women that have started menopause.
Thrush can easily recur for no apparent reason with approximately 5% of women getting recurring episodes.
How can I treat thrush?
The first line of defence is to use an over the counter pessary, cream, gel or tablet medication available at your local pharmacist.
The second line of defence is to use Eradicil to thoroughly rid your underwear, towels and bed linen of any traces of the infection.
Learn more about how and when to use Eradicil >>
How can I prevent getting thrush?
- Wash daily, but not to excess and refrain from using scented soaps
- Do not douche the vagina
- Avoid wearing nylon underwear - use cotton underwear
- Do not wear tight fitting clothing
- Reduce friction when having sex. Use lubrication if necessary
- If taking antibiotics or other medicines that interfere with the pH balance of the body, be aware that you could develop thrush