What Is It?
Candidiasis is a yeast infection, also known as thrush. The most common cause of thrush is a yeast or fungus called Candida albicans.
Other typical factors which encourage thrush are:
In women thrush can cause itching, soreness and swelling of the vulva and pain when urinating (peeing). Sometimes there is a white discharge.
Thrush is transmitted through all forms of unprotected sexual activity.
It is recommended that you avoid any sexual activity if you know you have thrush until the infection has been treated and cleared.
Although frequent baths may soothe thrush when you have an outbreak, it is possible that this will make the discomfort worse. Avoid using soaps or disinfectants near the affected area and if your vulva is affected wash from front to back to avoid contamination with any organisms from around the anus.
Some things you can do to ease the discomfort of thrush are:
There are a few things you can do to decrease the risks of developing the infection.
Treatment of thrush normally involves using some form of antifungal medicine. They come as creams, tablets, sprays and pessaries or suppositories (pills which you insert into the vagina or anus).