||Дата: Пятница, 28.10.2016, 07:25 | Сообщение # 1|
|Thrush (natural remedies)|
What causes thrush in pregnancy?
Thrush During Pregnancy – What Causes It? Candida albicans is the microscopic fungus which is responsible for most cases of thrush. Normally, this organism is found in the intestinal tract of men and women. It’s where all cases of thrush originate from, no matter where it appears on the body. Nearly one out of three women have candida albicans present in their vagina. This becomes a problem when the number of bad bacteria outgrow the good bacteria. It’s a battle of bacteria, and the side with the most soldiers wins. During pregnancy, the vagina becomes rich in a form of glucose named ‘glycogen’, which feeds the growth of candida albicans. It’s believed the higher levels of glycogen occurs due to increased oestrogen levels and reduced acidity in the vagina. This is why pregnant women are much more likely to get vaginal thrush than normal. Add to that a poor diet (especially if you have terrible morning sickness and unhealthy cravings) and any stress, it can be an open invitation for thrush.
How can I prevent a thrush infection?
Try to reduce the amount of sugar you eat and drink. This includes sweets, cakes, biscuits and some fizzy drinks. Many processed foods, even savoury ones such as tomato ketchup, contain a lot of sugar. So try to eat fresh produce that you've prepared yourself.
Wear cotton pants and loose, breathable clothes. Tight trousers, tights or pants made from synthetic material trap moisture and create the ideal growing conditions for the fungus.
Wash your clothes with a mild, non-bio product, to reduce the chances of your vagina becoming irritated. Don't use scented soaps, shower gels, bubble baths or panty-liners. These products can alter the delicate acidic balance in your vagina and make thrush more likely to develop.
For the same reason, don't wash inside your vagina. And don't use a flannel or a sponge to wash your vaginal area, as it may harbour germs from when you last used it.
After going to the loo, wipe from front to back to avoid contaminating your vagina with bacteria.
Live natural yoghurt with probiotic cultures may help to prevent thrush. The theory is that live yoghurt contains helpful acidic bacteria, and that eating it regularly can build your immunity against thrush. There's no strong evidence for this, but you may feel it's worth a try, especially as yoghurt is nutritious.
Try to stay as healthy as possible, to avoid infections that may need treating with antibiotics.
How can I treat thrush?
If thrush occurs, you could try dabbing some live yoghurt onto your vaginal area. You could also try taking probiotic supplements. Although the evidence is limited as to the effectiveness of live yoghurt or probiotics for treating thrush, some women find them helpful. Always talk to your midwife or doctor before trying supplements in pregnancy.
Garlic may be effective in dealing with thrush and other vaginal infections. Use whole, peeled cloves of garlic in your cooking. Keeping them whole reduces the garlicky after-taste and smell.
Which complementary therapies could help me?
Tea tree essential oil can help to combat thrush, but may also cause irritation. Use no more than one drop or two drops of the oil in your bath. If you notice other signs of irritation, such as itching or redness, stop using the oil and wash your vaginal area with clean, lukewarm water.
Don't use tea tree oil internally, for example, on a tampon, because it can cause even more irritation.
There's no evidence that homeopathic remedies are effective in treating thrush. But if you’d like to try homeopathy, consult a registered, qualified practitioner.
Tell your midwife or doctor if you're planning to try any complementary therapies to treat thrush.
Vaginal Thrush and Probiotics
Many people are familiar with probiotics like acidophilus, but what most people don’t know is that the many strains of probiotics all have their own unique functions. They don’t all do the same thing. In the 1980’s, Dr. Gregor Reid and Dr. Andrew Bruce discovered two lactobacillus strains, L. rhamnosus (GR-1™) and L. reuteri (RC-14®). These two strains have been shown to be very beneficial for improving the health of the urinary system and the vagina. They help to restore normal vaginal microflora, particularly in women with bacterial vaginosis. As a result, there have been over 20 published clinical trials and over 200 peer-reviewed publications documenting these benefits when taking these probiotics orally. I have included a presentation by Dr. Gregor Reid at the end of this article, which you’ll get some great information from, helping you to successfully prevent and treat thrush. There are many probiotic preparations on the market, usually found in health food stores or pharmacies. Probiotics are usually stored in the fridge because they are a live bacteria. So you will likely need to ask for it as it won’t be on the shelf. However, its important to remember that different strains of probiotics have different properties, so you can’t just grab that bottle of acidophilus and expect miracles. You also need to ensure you purchase a good quality probiotic in adequate amounts. Many probiotic products are being sold that are not sufficient enough to have a noticeable health benefit. Probiotics are often added into dairy food products, like drinks, yoghurts etc. However, the manufacturers often don’t test their products to see how effective they are. The problem isn’t to do with how much probiotic they have added into the product, but what amount is left at the end of the shelf life. Don’t waste money on products that wont help – choose a good, effective probiotic from a naturopath or trusted health food store, who can help with advice on the best brands to take.
I'm continuously getting thrush and my boyfriend has it too. What can I do?
Thrush is a common infection caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans, a yeast or fungal organism which normally inhabits the intestines and vagina. For women, the most common symptoms of thrush are vaginal itch and discharge. With men, the penis may become irritated and red, especially after sex.
Commonly, thrush occurs after a course of antibiotics. Eating large amounts of sugar can trigger an attack, so too can a heavy night on the booze. In addition, many women experience thrush prior to menstruation, when there is a change in vaginal pH.
What to do: Antifungal creams are helpful and available from chemists, but I find the old-fashioned douche works well. The latter-day version of the douche bag is a squeezable plastic sauce bottle, sans sauce. It sounds a little kinky, but it's inexpensive and it works. Once mastered, the douche routine is simple. For four consecutive days, before you shower (night or morning) lie down in the bathtub, lifting your hips a little. Insert the nozzle of the douche bottle into the vagina and squeeze. Shower or bathe as usual.
Douche recipe: To 200ml of warm water add: one teaspoon of acidophilus powder (available from pharmacies) or contents of two capsules (to replace good microflora); three to five drops of tea-tree oil (a good antifungal, but optional if you are sensitive); 30ml of apple cider vinegar (to improve the pH balance of the vagina).
Thrush is easily transferred to and from sexual partners. Herbalist James Green suggests men perform a penis soak. Using the same ingredients as the women's douche recipe, the male soaks his member in a glass and hangs in there for about five to 10 minutes.
In addition to the douche, reduce your sugar and alcohol intake. Take two capsules of acidophilus each morning, two garlic tablets after dinner (antifungal) and for a while avoid washing with soap, using tampons and wearing G-strings.
It is important to know about thrush
Candidiasis is a fungal infection due to any type of Candida (a type of yeast). When it affects the mouth, it is commonly called thrush. Signs and symptoms include white patches on the tongue or other areas of the mouth and throat. Other symptoms may include soreness and problems swallowing. When it affects the vagina, it is commonly called a yeast infection. Signs and symptoms include genital itching, burning, and sometimes a white "cottage cheese-like" discharge from the vagina. Less commonly the penis may be affected, resulting in itchiness. Very rarely, the infection may become invasive spreading throughout the body, resulting in fevers along with other symptoms depending on the parts of the body affected.
More than 20 types of Candida can cause infection with Candida albicans being the most common. Infections of the mouth are most common among children less than one month old, the elderly, and those with weak immune systems. Conditions that result in a weak immune system include HIV/AIDS, the medications used after organ transplantation, diabetes, and the use of corticosteroids. Other risks include dentures and following antibiotic therapy. Vaginal infections occur more commonly during pregnancy, in those with weak immune systems, and following antibiotic use. Risk for widespread infection includes being in an intensive care unit, following surgery, low birth weight infants, and those with weak immune systems.
Efforts to prevent infections of the mouth include the use of chlorhexidine mouth wash in those with poor immune function and washing out the mouth following the use of inhaled steroids. Little evidence supports probiotics for either prevention or treatment even among those with frequent vaginal infections. For infections of the mouth, treatment with topical clotrimazole or nystatin is usually effective. Oral or intravenous fluconazole, itraconazole, or amphotericin B may be used if these do not work. A number of topical antifungal medications may be used for vaginal infections including clotrimazole. In those with widespread disease, an echinocandin such as caspofungin or micafungin is used. A number of weeks of intravenous amphotericin B may be used as an alternative. In certain groups at very high risk, antifungal medications may be used preventatively. Infections of the mouth occur in about 6% of babies less than a month old. About 20% of those receiving chemotherapy for cancer and 20% of those with AIDS also develop the disease. About three-quarters of women have at least one yeast infection at some time during their lives. Widespread disease is rare except in those who have risk factors.
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