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What is it?
Thrush is caused by candida albicans or monilla, a yeast-like fungus which thrives in warm, moist areas and may form white flaky patches. Thrush is particularly prevalent in babies, elderly people, fat people, diabetes sufferers and pregnant women. It is also common where the immune system is not functioning properly or those taking steriod drugs. The thrush organism normally lives on the skin. Such skin infection is common, particularly in the warm, moist skin folds of fat people. the groins, armpits and the skin under the breasts. Babies frequently have white patches of thrush in the mouth or a red ‘nappy rash’ on their bottom. Adults sometimes get thrush in the mouth, especially if they wear dentures. The thrush infection may spread down the oesophagus or gullet, causing pain and burning when the person eats or drinks. Thrush infection of the vulva and vagina is common, recurrent and troublesome. It causes itching and soreness, with a white vaginal discharge, which may be thick, like curds. A sexual partner may develop the infection, with redness and soreness of the end of the penis and under the foreskin.
White flaky patches, red ‘nappy rash’, pain and burning in the oesophagus, itching and soreness, with a white vaginal discharge, redness and soreness at the end of the penis.
A doctor may check that there is no underlying cause for thrush. Oral thrush responds to nystatin drops, and skin thrush to nystatin, clotrimazole or imidaxole cream or ointment. If the thrush infection causes an eczema-like reaction on the skin, the doctor may prescribe a cream or ointment containing both an antifungal agent to combat the infection and a steriod such as hydrocortisone to reduce the inflammation and itching. Conventional treatments for vaginal thrush include pessaries or cream inserted high into the vagina. A single oral dose of fluconazole is often effective when vaginal pessaries or creams fail, but it must not be used during pregnancy. If a sexual partner is harbouring the infection on his penis, he too must be treated.
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