AWARE WOMEN’S HEALTH SNAPSHOT:
VULVOVAGINAL THRUSH- AAAGGGGHHHH!
Such a common problem but rarely discussed! Here are some useful facts.
- “Thrush” is an infection caused by the Candida organism. It’s worth knowing that Candida can be present in some women without causing an infection or any symptoms at all.
- When there is an infection, Candida causes inflammation of the vulva and vagina resulting in discharge, itch or burning. Ouch!
- Thrush is easily diagnosed by having a vaginal swab taken.
- 75% of women will experience a thrush infection sometime in their lives.
- Infection usually responds quickly to “over-the-counter” treatments available at pharmacies but sometimes treatment will need to be repeated.
- Oral treatments and vaginal treatments are equally effective.
- 10-20% of women have symptoms which are severe, do not go away after treatment, or keep coming back. This is the time to visit the doctor!
- Some health conditions make women more prone to getting thrush- for instance diabetes or pregnancy.
- Recurrent episodes are treated with prescription treatments and longer courses of treatment, except during pregnancy.
When it’s NOT Thrush it could be:
- Eczema or allergic dermatitis, most often from soaps or hair removal products
- Contact dermatitis, from sanitary or continence pads
- Skin conditions such as lichen sclerosus
AWARE Women’s Health www.awarewomenshealth.com.au