Insidious thrush

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Many women consider it absolutely harmless, and advertising of modern drugs, as it were, even frees us from the need to go to the gynecologist. Lovely ladies on the TV screen themselves diagnose themselves and prescribe a course of treatment. “Three days, and the thrush is gone!” they gossip over a cup of tea. Thrush (scientifically “candidiasis”) is really not a dangerous disease. Unless you treat it in the way described above.

Unlike sexually transmitted diseases, thrush is not caused by contagious bacteria or parasitic microorganisms, but by yeast-like fungi that live in our body from the very moment of birth. Getting on the skin of a newborn at the time of its passage through the mother’s birth canal, fungi soon spread throughout the body: they live on the skin and nails, mucous membranes of the mouth, intestines, respiratory and birth canals, and even in the internal organs of a healthy person.

Like pathogenic bacteria in the nasopharynx, which from time to time get out of control of the immune system and cause colds, Candida fungi are usually peaceful and accommodating in nature. They monitor their behavior, that is, limit excessive reproduction, representatives of the “good” microflora of the body – lactobacilli.

However, as soon as we get cold, weaken as a result of illness (diabetes, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, hypovitaminosis), stress, overwork or abuse of antibiotics and hormonal drugs, vaginal douching or other nonsense, how “peaceful neighbors” turn into arrogant aggressors. With the proverbial speed of yeast, fungi begin to multiply, becoming dangerous in large numbers. In newborns and seriously ill patients, as a rule, candidiasis of the oral mucosa develops. In women whose hands are many and often in the water, candidiasis of the nail folds is usually found. In children and obese people, Candida fungi, like mold, can inhabit skin folds in the groin, under the breasts, and between the fingers.

However, most women are notorious for the vaginal form of candidiasis. The first symptom is usually a sharp, rapidly growing and almost constant itching in the perineum and vagina. Nature has endowed a woman with a particularly large number of nerve endings in this part of the body, so vaginal candidiasis is the most intolerable and causing the most problems.

Then a white coating appears on the mucous membrane of the vagina and grayish “curdled” discharge. However, you may simply not notice the discharge, because severe itching calls for enhanced hygiene measures. A gynecologist will be able to assess the overall picture, so you should not make a diagnosis on your own, only on the basis of already familiar sensations. All the more so to prescribe treatment for yourself, as energetic ladies from TV advertising do.

After all, “immaculate” infection with vaginal thrush is not the only option. Militant Candida fungi can get into the vagina in the traditional way for many sexually transmitted diseases, in the way – during unprotected intercourse. And not alone, but in the company of any other “allies” – Trichomonas and bacteria that cause serious sexually transmitted diseases.

In order not to overlook them behind the itching and discharge characteristic of a relapse of thrush, you should definitely contact a gynecologist and take a smear. Especially if your conscience is not clear. However, one day your regular partner can also give you a thrush, being a neutral carrier of the disease between two women.

But even if you are absolutely sure that your thrush is “homegrown”, and you are successfully treated yourself, it is worth postponing the next preventive visit to the gynecologist to an earlier date. After all, candidiasis is often the first sign of serious problems throughout the body – from reduced immunity to ovarian dysfunction, and this is much easier to treat in the early stages.

In addition to the understandable concern about her health, a woman, as a rule, is tormented by purely physical suffering. In the first place among them is the unbearable itching in the perineum and vagina, which we have already talked about. Even if you have already begun treatment and getting rid of the disease is not far off, for two or three days, perhaps the itching will still poison your life.

How to alleviate your fate?

Alas, the easiest way to do this does not suit you – doctors urgently demand a cessation of sexual activity for ten days. Harmful fungi, like cockroaches, temporarily emigrate to your partner’s “living space”, where they will wait quietly (without causing him noticeable problems) the entire course of treatment, and then again celebrate their return to their native land.

Wash yourself as often as possible by adding a furacilin tablet or a spoonful of baking soda to the water.. But you should not use a solution of potassium permanganate and soap – with their frequent use, the mucosa dries out. After the procedure, you can use talcum powder or baby powder – this will temporarily protect you from haunting itching.

Eliminate spicy, spicy and pickled foods from your diet – everything that makes urine too “caustic” and can additionally provoke itching (already of an allergic origin). Better lean on fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy products, cereals. And yes, it’s better for your health. Moreover, the post is in the yard.

Give up for a while from prolonged physical exertion, plentiful feasts and a long stay in the heat – anything that leads to profuse sweating, diaper rash and skin irritation.

Change your pads often during your period – every 4-6 hours, regardless of the amount of discharge. Menstrual flow is a suitable breeding ground for pathogenic bacteria, and the immune system is weakened these days. It is better not to use tampons this time.

Tatyana ROMANINA,
gynecologist

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