Gynecology

Thrush: symptoms, causes and treatment women, men and children

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What do you think is common between urogenital candidiasis, candidal vulvovaginitis, genital fungus? It’s simple: those terrible terms can be combined in one succinct word: thrush. No, not a conditional friend merry milkman, and a most unpleasant disease, which is found not only in women but also in men and even newborns.
The content of the article

  • What is a yeast infection
  • Causes of thrush
  • A small digression
  • The symptoms of yeast infection
  • Thrush: treatment of women
  • Thrush in men
  • Causes and symptoms of yeast infection in men
  • Treatment of candidiasis in men
  • Thrush in children
  • The symptom of thrush in children
  • Yeast infection treatment in children
  • Related videos: “Thrush in men”

What is a yeast infection

Thrush: the symptoms and treatment of Thrush — a fungal disease caused by yeast fungi of the genus Candida and affects the mucous membrane of the vagina (Candida can also affect the mouth, nail plates). Interestingly, in the conditions of the large intestine of the person this fungus is a normal representative of the microflora, but it is worth it just to get to the vaginal mucosa, as he immediately shows his hitherto dormant pathogenic entity. In the specialized medical literature have seen drastically different numbers on the incidence of yeast infection: according to one source, about 30% of women at least once even faced with this disease, other sources give 70%. It seems that the second digit is closer to the truth, as many women simply don’t go to the doctor and trying to self-treat.

Causes of thrush

As I mentioned above, Candida refers to a conditionally-pathogenic inhabitants of the vast expanses of the human body and so she tore off the mask of integrity, we need a number of conditions. In the first place should be dysbiosis of the vagina. It is with a probability close to 100% occurs, for example, the abuse of antibiotics, which cause “confusion and vacillation” in the microflora of the vagina. This “revolutionary” environment is very favorable to Candida, which begin to multiply rapidly. Conclusion: self-respecting physician in conducting antibiotic therapy will prescribe another and antifungal agent. This, of course, is not the only cause of yeast infection, among which:

  • reduced immunity during pregnancy;
  • diabetes mellitus;
  • urogenital infections;
  • hormonal disorders;
  • prolonged use of intrauterine contraception;
  • constant wearing synthetic underwear;
  • stress;
  • a change of climate.

A small digression

This Chapter is necessary for understanding what the transfer of yeast infection remains unclear. So, it would seem, what can be no doubt: the disease is localized on the genital mucosa, therefore, the route of transmission — sexual. But not so simple. Today it is only one of the versions. Candidiasis not even related to sexually transmitted diseases. There is a theory that the source of infection is their own gastrointestinal tract (GIT). In General, the question which component plays in the incidence of candidiasis a big role, endogenous or exogenous, remains open.

The symptoms of yeast infection

There are three forms or stages of thrush:

  • sharp,
  • chronic,
  • candidatesto.

The symptoms of yeast infection in women is a white plaque the appearance of bubbles the duration of the acute stage usually does not exceed two months, during which they highlighted the clinical manifestations of the disease like vaginal discharge of cheesy consistence, accompanied by an unpleasant odor, itching and burning in the genital tract, the appearance of bubbles in the muddy okolovrusno region, swelling of the mucous membrane of the vagina. All these symptoms occur mostly in the evening or at night, and after sexual contact.

The chronic form is characterized by a long (over two months) course, and periodic (more than 4 times per year) exacerbations.

Candidatesto does not give any clinical manifestations: Candida are sown, but not in the active form, as in budding.

Thrush: treatment of women

Currently, the shortage of medicines from the thrush in pharmacies not observed.
Medicines for thrush:

  • nystatin in the form of tablets, ointments and vaginal plugs;
  • levorin in the form of pills and ointments;
  • amphotericin b ointment and powder for reconstitution;
  • clotrimazole (candid) in the form of tablets, gels, solutions, creams, ointments;
  • ketoconazole (nizoral) in the form of tablets and vaginal plugs;
  • Itraconazole (Orungal, ironin, rumicis) in the form of solutions, tablets, capsules;
  • griseofulvin in pill form.

Until recently, all of these antimycotic tools were successfully applied in the treatment of candidiasis. But the fungus Candida was not so simple: he is sly acquired relative resistance to most of the above drugs (nystatin, levorin, amphotericin b, clotrimazole, ketoconazole). Therefore, the currently used drug for the treatment of yeast infection is fluconazole (tablets, capsules, powder). He is good against several types of Candida, well absorbed and easy to digest.

Treatment of thrush in women can be local (ointments, creams, suppositories and solutions) and shared (tablets, capsules).

Thrush in men

About the characteristics of the flow and treatment of thrush in men I decided to tell in a separate Chapter, because the article, as you can see, focused more on the urogenital candidiasis in women who suffer from thrush almost 10 times more often representatives of the stronger sex.

Causes and symptoms of yeast infection in men

Thrush in men (photos) How does a yeast infection in men? In men there is a loss of the glans penis and foreskin (see image). Cause of thrush in men is usually the weakening of the immune system. The symptoms of yeast infection in men are the following: itching and burning in the region of the penis, discomfort during urination and during sexual intercourse.

Treatment of candidiasis in men

Men, unlike women, is practiced mostly by local treatment, pills are assigned only in case of complications of the disease. A number of drugs are identical to women’s.

Thrush in children

Thrush in children. Symptoms. The peculiarity of the occurrence of thrush in children — its localization in the oral cavity. 5% of newborns and 10% of infants have a history of this disease. Infection can occur during childbirth, but usually the pathogen gets into the mouth of the baby with his mother or the staff of the hospital.

The symptom of thrush in children

The main symptom is white spots on the mucous membrane of the mouth (on the gums and inside of the cheeks), red and inflamed (sometimes bleeding) gums.

Yeast infection treatment in children

Treatment is usually local. The affected areas are cleansed with a sterile cotton swab dipped in pale pink solution of potassium permanganate. They can also be treated with 2% soda solution, 0.25% solution of boric acid. The procedure is repeated every 2-3 hours. Of medicines in children is most often used clotrimazole (candid), nystatin, levorin. If thrush occurs in mild or severe form, and the child is older than six months can receive fluconazole (i.e. total treatment).

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