Thrush is one of those age old curses which plague both men and woman. The problem with thrush is that it often comes back to haunt us so it is important to have a holistic approach to the treatment of thrush. Traditional thrush treatment involves the use of creams, ointments, suppositories and pills etc either prescribed by a doctor or purchased directly from a chemist or even in supermarkets in some countries.
However these thrush treatments may give some immediate relief but often the treatment does not cure the symptoms permanently. For this reason many sufferers turn to alternative remedies using natural products and tend to manage their treatment of thrush by themselves. It is safe to manage your own thrush treatment provided you have the knowledge to make informed decisions.
1) Consult Your Doctor
This is to ensure that the infection you have is in fact thrush which is most often caused by the yeast Candida albicans. It is also important to consult your doctor in case there are any other underlying conditions which may be the root cause of your recurrent thrush, for example uncontrolled diabetes.
2) Ensure You Have The Correct Diagnosis
This is important because there are a number of other infections which may mimic thrush and it is important to differentiate these because the treatment will be different. One study determined that only 33% of women who were self treating for vaginal thrush actually had a yeast infection. The other 67% of the women surveyed were actually infected with other types of microorganisms which needed different medications.
3) Use Any Medications As Directed
When the doctor prescribes a medication to treat thrush, such as an anti-yeast cream, or an antibiotic for a bacterial infection, it is essential that you use the medication as directed. Use the correct dose for the correct length of time. This prevents the causative organism such as Candida albicans from mutating and developing resistance to the medication being used. This rule also applies to anti-yeast medications you may purchase over the counter at chemists and supermarkets.
4) Research The Causative Organism, Candida albicans
In order to control recurrent thrush it is important to be informed. If you understand yeast and how it causes infections – where it lives, how it is transmitted and the disease process then you have a better chance of eradicating thrush forever.
5) Understand The Symptoms Of Thrush
There are many symptoms related to thrush infections depending on the site of infection. Thrush typically infects warm moist areas of the body such as the vagina (vaginal thrush), the mouth (oral thrush), the penile area (balanitis), warm moist areas of the skin such as the groin, under the breasts and in skin folds, the nappy area (nappy rash) and the nails (paronychia). If you regularly suffer from recurrent thrush it is advisable to become familiar with your own symptoms so that you are able to recognise when you have a recurrence of thrush and also to recognise when the symptoms are different so you can get further medical advice.
6) Get To Know The Triggers
Many things can trigger thrush ranging from hormonal changes, diabetes, serious illnesses to reactions to washing powders, douches, nylon underwear and tight jeans. Try to work out what triggers your yeast infection so that you can minimise it or avoid it completely.
7) Treat Or Eliminate Any Underlying Causes
Obviously if you are diagnosed with an underlying illness or condition such as diabetes, cancer, AIDS or if you are pregnant you need to be under the guidance of your doctor and thrush infections should be taken seriously. Sometimes the trigger may be as simple as the type of contraceptive pill you are on. Research the known triggers and see if any of them relate to you and then either treat or eliminate the cause.
8) Change Your Diet
Yeast infections are nearly 80% dietary related so it is obvious that in order to eliminate recurrent yeast infections you must undertake some sort of dietary control regardless of whether or not you use medications or supplements. It is good idea to do some research about the type of foods which could trigger thrush and to eliminate those foods from your diet. It is also recommended that you eat foods which may help to eradicate yeast from your system.
9) Change Your Life Style
Factors such as stress, fatigue and lack of exercise all have a contributing effect on recurrent thrush and you need to ensure that you address these factors when you want to eradicate thrush permanently.
10) Use Natural Anti-Yeast Products To Treat Thrush
There are numerous natural anti-yeast products available for the treatment of thrush. The great benefits of using natural medications is that they are inexpensive, readily available and can be used in any combination. This allows for the rotation of medications so that resistance to the natural medication does not build up. Natural medications are safe to use and they have very few side effects. It is advisable to do some research to find out what natural products would be best suited for you to use to treat your thrush.
11) Treat Your Partner
Thrush is not a sexually transmitted disease (STD) but it can be passed from one partner to the other and back again. It is advisable to treat both partners together as a precautionary measure, just in case the other partner is an asymptomatic carrier.
Summing up, the recommended way to treat thrush is to have a holistic approach to the overall treatment of thrush. Many factors can contribute to recurrent thrush and it is really important to understand what those factors are so that an informed decision can be made about the best way to go about the treatment of thrush.