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Coping With Thrush

Updated on October 7, 2014
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Coping With Candida and Thrush

Do you suffer from thrush and candida? If you do or someone you love has thrush then this will support you to gain more information and knowledge to help you.

I still recall the first time I got thrush and it wasnt the last. It is an unpleasant and little discussed topic and most people deal with it the best way they can. However it is important to take Thrush and candida seriously as having it can have more serious health implications or it can just make life a little miserable. Either way you need to educate yourself so that you can deal with candida and take control.

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My experience of Candida

The first time i ever got thrush was in my 20's after what was supposed to be a relaxing holiday. During that holiday I got a bad case of food poisoning and had to be injected with powerful antibiotics twice a day. I became very exhausted from the illness and then from the effect of the antibiotics.

I recovered from the food poisoning thanks to the antibiotics, but when I got home I started this annoying itchy white rash in an intimate area. I had no idea what it could be and was quite scared. So I went off to the doctors and was diagnosed with thrush. She gave me some medication and pessaries and in a few days it had all gone. great!!

However the Thrush did not stay away...

Over the years often when I was given antibiotics or got unwell, back came the thrush. Sometimes it was easily taken care of with over the counter remedies, other times I had to get medication from a doctor. Always it was annoying and often distressing.

Thrush can be very debilitating, at best it is embarrassing, itchy and sore, but it can be much worse. It affects every day life in what you can and cannot wear, your love life and if you decide to try an anti candida diet it affects your eating habits. I also got bad cravings sometimes as well for sugary things!

Often people who get thrush may also suffer from urinary tract infections as well.

Gradually it dawned on me that I had to understand more about the thrush /candida so I could understand what was happening in my body and get back in control. I needed to break the cycle I seemed to be every time I had to had antibiotics or got unwell equalled a thrush attack.

I read a lot, got myself more educated abouthte reasons behind the thrush and decided to change my diet to eat more healthy. Anytime I have antibiotics I take a good vitamin supplement and probiotics during and for some time afterwards.

Have I conquered Thrush? Well not yet entirely but I am always willing to learn and understand more to help me help myself and others, learning and increasing my knowledge of the body and candida and how it works.

Books To help Cope With Candida - Ideas on Health, Nutrition and Cooking For Candida

Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook, Revised 2nd Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Prevention, Treatment & Diet
Complete Candida Yeast Guidebook, Revised 2nd Edition: Everything You Need to Know About Prevention, Treatment & Diet

This book includes discussion on natural, herbal, and vitamin supplements, tips to improving lifestyle and a wholesome diet and menu options.

 

What Are The Symptoms of Thrush / Candida Infection?

Symptoms can be varied and you may not have ALL of these. Thrush can be confined to a small area of the body or can be widespread across many body areas. If you have never had thrush before it is very important that you are diagnosed by a qualified healthcare provider. PLEASE NOTE: Many conditions can appear similar.

These are the main symptoms

Itching

Burning

Soreness

Swelling of the vagina and vulva

Yeasty-smelling "cottage cheese" - like discharge.

You may also experience

Body rash

Chronic fatigue

Food allergies

Cravings for sugar and carbs

A white film on the mouth or tongue)

Abdominal pain, bloating, gas and indigestion

Joint pain with arthritis-like symptoms

Sinusitis-frequent

Weight gain or loss.

Difficulty concentrating

"Athletes" foot infections

Urinary infections-cystitis

Itching, red eyes

Rashes inside the ears or around the genital area

Anxiety / Depression

Menstrual irregularities

Loss of libido

Bad breath

What is Thrush and Candida?

Explanation of systemic candida.

The Candida Control Cookbook: What You Should Know and What You Should Eat to Manage Yeast Infections (New Revised & Updated Edition)
The Candida Control Cookbook: What You Should Know and What You Should Eat to Manage Yeast Infections (New Revised & Updated Edition)

Useful book if you are looking for yeast free recipes. Here there are over 150!Includes a food chart of foods that are a problem and those that are OK and a menu planner.

 

Where does Thrush Appear?

Thrush can appear anywhere on the body but is most common

Intimate areas of the body

Folds of skin ie under the breasts /inner thighs.

Ear

Feet (Athletes foot)

Anywhere it is most likely to be warm and moist is where candida can flourish. It is very important to dry areas thoroughly and to try to let air get to the area.

Candida overgrowth an manifest as white cottage cheese like substance, red shiny sore areas or a rash like appearance. It will generally be itchy and sore.

Beat Candida Through Diet
Beat Candida Through Diet

Contains a lot of information, tips and recipes for someone interested in finding out more about candida and diet.

 

Why Do You Get Thrush Or Candida Infections?

Anyone can get a candida infection from babies to men and women of any age. There are however some predisposing factors which may make you more susceptible to candida overgrowth. This is not an exhaustive list and does not mean if you fall into any of these that you will get thrush.

If you take anti-biotics a lot

If you eat a lot of sugary, processed foods and refined carbohydrates

If you are on steroids

If you regularly wear tight clothing

If you take the birth control pill

If you are undergoing chemotherapy treatment

If you have a weaked immune system

If you have Diabetes

If you have a lot of Stress

If you are Pregnant

If you have Low thyroid.

Candida Albicans: Could Yeast Be Your Problem?
Candida Albicans: Could Yeast Be Your Problem?

A revised and updated guide which includes the authors research and clinical experience. Discusses the possible health problems that may be caused by yeast infection and how to control it

 

Thrush-what not to wear!

If you have thrush you can help you rself quite a lot by not encouraging a warm moist enviroment that the candida loves. So its out with the tight jeans and in with long flowing skirts!

Here are just some ideas for you .

If you are a girl with thrush

AVOID

Tight jeans

Tights

Tight trousers

Any synthetic underwear

Synthetic fabrics that do not allow the skin to "breathe"

TRY

Loose fitting cotton trousers

Cotton underwear

No underwear

Cami type cotton knickers

Skirts

If you are a guy with thrush

AVOID

Y Fronts

Anything synthetic

Tight jeans

Tight Trousers

TRY

Boxer shorts

Loose fitting cotton trousers

Cotton clothing.

What is Thrush/Candida?

Here are some definitions of Thrush/candida from some sources.

Information on Thrush Self treatments

If you know you have Thrush you may like to try some self treatment first to see if that will help you . I have done this and often my thrush cleared up with no problem. If however it does not clear up in a short period of time it is wise to see you r healthcare professional.

Some commonly advised things are to eat natural probiotic yoghurt or take acidophilus capsule supplements, avoid all fungus based foods like mushrooms and use a topical cream such as Aloe vera to soothe itching or one from the chemist such as canesten cream and pessaries.

However not everyone agrees on what is useful to do when you have thrush, anti candida diets are often talked about but not seen as helpful by some, so you are best to read and make up your own mind.

Please note if you have not been diagnosed with thrush, but you think you have some symptoms, it is advisable to see your medical practitioner for a complete diagnosis. Many conditions can appear the same.

Disclaimer for Coping With Thrush

I am a person with some experience of Thrush/candida on a personal basis and not a medical expert. This lens contains personal opinions that are not intended as medical advice. The contents are not intended to diagnose, treat or give a medical opinion. You should always consult a medical professional if you feel you may be suffering symptoms of Candida infection.

The information here is no substitute for medical diagnosis and guidance. Consult a physician in all matters relating to health, particularly concerning any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention. Never disregard medical advice, or delay or change treatment because of something you have read here. For assistance with thrush/candida, or any other medical condition, always consult a qualified healthcare professional. You health is your responsibility.

If you have any experiences of treating thrush or candida you would like to share, or just found this information helpful I would love to hear from you .

© 2009 RaintreeAnnie

Comments Welcome! Have you experienced thrush yourself? - Thrush is very common and very little talked about, yet many of us have to deal with it at some point.

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      What a fantastic example of an excellent informative page on thrush, helping others to understand its cause and helpful ways to help aleviate the symptoms.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @Teddi14 LM: Perhaps try washing your inhaler as well as your mouth? You could be passing it back to yourself.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      One of my children had thrush as a baby, but it was highly treatable, and has never been a problem since.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I had heard of thrush but hadn't understood what it was. You did an excellent job of explaining the condition and options for getting over it. Very nicely done.

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      Candida Free Fo 7 years ago

      Man, thrush really is a pain, but you have some really good, common sense points here. Thank you

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      Teddi14 LM 7 years ago

      I have gotten it my share of times from my Advair inhaler. Even though I rinse out my mouth each time it still seems to came back again and again. Great lens.

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      Kate Phizackerl1 7 years ago

      Great lens about thrush. Blessed.

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      grannysage 8 years ago

      My daughter had a severe form of oral thrush as a baby. Usually it is easy to cure with medication, but she developed a rare strain that was going around at the time. It would clear up for a few days and then we would start all over again. This went on for 9 months and she was miserable. The medications became more potent and gave her stomach aches. I was ready to check into a mental hospital.

      I happened to read a book about vitamins and Niacinamide. It said that a deficiancy of this member of the B vitamin group can contribute to yeast infections. The treatment was to crush up the pills, mix with a sweetener, and get it down the baby somehow. At first the thrush got worse, then after three days it went away and never came back. My doctor didn't believe it was due to a vitamin but I knew. And when that same daughter had a child with thrush, who did she call? Mom.

      Very good lens on an important topic. And thanks for visiting Words Have Power.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      As Always great resources and info! 5 stars and thanks for joining the Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Group!