What Are the Treatment Options For VulvoVaginal Thrush?

How To Reduce Vulvo Vaginal Thrush

Yeast infections are common in females. Yeast infections cause a common condition in females known as vaginal thrush. Vaginal thrush can be quiet unpleasant and uncomfortable at times but with correct medical guidance and simple home remedies it can be treated. There have been cases where vaginal thrush keeps on returning even after treatment. In such cases home remedies comes handy in preventing vaginal thrush.

How To Reduce Vulvo Vaginal Thrush

How To Reduce Vulvo Vaginal Thrush

What  Is Vulvo Vaginal Thrush?

Vaginal thrush is also referred to as vaginal candiasis or yeast infection. This condition commonly affects the females and is caused by candida fungus. The symptoms of vaginal thrush includes irritation, swelling and itching. Research shows that about 3 in every four female suffers from yeast infection atleast once in their life time.  Females who have developed vaginal thrush once are likely to develop it again.

What Are The Symptoms of Vulvo Vaginal Thrush?

The symptoms of vaginal thrush can be complicated or uncomplicated. Complicated vulvo vaginal thrush is severe, recurrent and is more common in females with compromised immune system. Uncomplicated thrush is mild and sporadically occurs even in healthy females. Complicated vaginal thrush is caused by non-candida albicans whereas uncomplicated vulvo vaginal thrush is caused by candida albicans.

The symptoms of vulvo-vaginal thrush includes itchy and sore vulva. There is pain during sexual intercourse and urination. Cheesy and curd like vaginal discharge is common symptom.

On examination by a healthcare provider there are signs of redness, inflammation and skin may look torn apart due to continuous scratching. Whitish cheesy curd like discharge is present and vulva may appear swollen.

Risk factors For Vulvo vaginal Thrush

Candida that causes vaginal thrush is a part of the normal vaginal flora. In equilibrium with other microorganisms that are part of vaginal flora it is controlled and balanced. However when the vaginal flora equilibrium gets disturbed due to various reasons the Candida begin to flourish and colonize to cause signs and symptoms of vulvovaginal thrush.

Certain conditions that are associated with recurrent vaginal thrush includes the use of systemic corticosteroids and antibacterial medications, uncontrolled diabetes, thyroid diseases, lupus and HIV.

Vaginal thrush is more common in females of reproductive age.

Diagnosis Of Vaginal Thrush

The signs and symptoms of vaginal thrush is not specific that is why self-diagnosis may fail. Your doctor may suggest you tests to check vaginal pH. Vaginal swab may be taken for light microscopy. Vaginal culture and DNA probe is suggested to detect the presence of candida species. Doctor may also take the biopsy of lesions. 

Treatment Of Vulvo vaginal Thrush

The treatment of vulvovaginal thrush includes antifungal creams and oral medications. Do not choose self treatment. See your healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. Recurrent vaginal thrush may require longer treatment course.

Home Remedies for Vulvovaginal Thrush

Turmeric

The golden spice turmeric contains curcumin. Curcumin disrupts the cell walls of candida and destroy them. Also, it improves human resistance to infections. Add turmeric to your diet or take turmeric supplements after consulting your physician.

Turmeric

Turmeric

Yoghurt –

Yogurt contain probiotics or good bacteria that maintains body normal flora. Eating yoghurt everyday prevents overgrowth of candida. Avoid flavoured or sweetened yoghurt.

Yoghurt

Yoghurt

Garlic –

Garlic switches off genetic activity of yeast. It inhibites the synthesis of nucleic acid and protein in candida cells. Add garlic to your every day diet.

Garlic

Garlic

Apple cider vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar has medicinal uses as it maintain the pH balance being acidic in nature. Mix a half a cup of apple cider vinegar to a bathtub filled with warm water. Soaking yourself in it for 20 minutes to kill harmful yeast. Incorporate apple cider vinegar in diet.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar

Tea tree oil –

Tea tree oil has anti fungal properties. It kills yeast. Tea tree oil is a potent home remedy thus you must keep precaution while using it. To a half tea spoon carrier oil add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil and apply to vagina.

Vulvo vaginal thrush is common and preventable by taking precautions. These include:

  • Wear loose-fitting cotton underwear
  • Avoid tight jeans as candida thrives in warm and humid environments
  • Change wet swimwear and gym clothing soon.
  • Avoiding vaginal soaps, sprays, lotions and perfumes that irritate the vagina.
  • Drying the genital area after bathing
  • avoiding douches
  • Use water-based lubricant during intercourse
  • Reducing sugar intake
  • Take antibiotics only when necessary, as antibiotics upset the body’s balance of bacteria and yeast considering contraceptive choice, as estrogen-based contraception may promote the growth of yeast.

We always advise not to self diagnose or self-medicate yourself. Seek immediate medical help if you are pregnant you develop vaginal fissures or sores or if you have underlying medicals conditions such as diabetes.

*Men also suffer from thrush. If a men had intercourse with female with vulvovaginal thrush and suffers from symptoms such as itching, irritation or redness at the head of penis consult health care provider.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.

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