What is Thrush?

Is it a yeast infection, candida or fungal infection?

If you are asking yourself "What is thrush?" you may have some of the following symptoms.

  • a maddening genital itch - vaginal thrush
  • a skin problem particularly in moist body areas
    (yeast infection on skin)
  • mouth thrush or nappy rash in infants
    (infant yeast infection)
  • painful fungal growth under finger and toenails
    (cutaneous candidiasis) or
  • a patchy white 'furry' coating inside the mouth
    (oral thrush)

So, what is thrush, again?

Thrush is a common infection. Thrush is caused by a yeast or fungus and so is often also known as a yeast infection, fungal infection or (its scientific name) candida albicans.

This yeast (also known as flora or bacteria) occurs naturally in your body.

It occurs in EVERY body. It's one of many other naturally-occurring bacteria found in the digestive system, some good and helpful, others prone to misbehavior!

By design, the 'good guys' keep the 'bad guys' in order. But when things get out of balance (and hey, who lives a perfectly balanced life, day in and day out?) some of your 'local residents' might start to disturb the peace!

That's when 'baddies' like Candida Albicans go into overdrive and cause problems that need acute treatment.

Is that it?

No, that's NOT the end of this story. Thrush can be chronic and recurring.

This continual re-occurrence can have bad implications for your health in the long-term. That's why you need a lasting solution, focused on the cause and not the symptoms.

What's the solution?

The solution is a healthy immune system. The immune system is the 'good guys' backup system.

When things go out of balance - such as when you are over-tired or have some other kind of infection - then the delicate balance of power shifts in the bad guys favor.

This happens even more quickly if you have to take an anti-biotic.So the first prize is to keep your immune system fighting-fit to avoid the problem in the first place.

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(And in case you are asking "is thrush contagious?" the answer is Yes. And also No.)
You can read about that here: Is thrush contagious?