What Causes Thrush?
Do You Suffer From . . . Fatigue and muscle weakness, skin rashes, itching, hives, concentration problems, chemical sensitivities, poor memory, arthritis, pain-thrush, low libido, food cravings, depression and /or spaced out / brain fog?
The odds are that you may have a yeast infection, which predominately resides in the gut. Thrush is a yeast infection, usually caused by a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans. Many women have Candida in their vagina without it causing any symptoms. Vaginal secretions and “friendly” vaginal bacteria keep the fungus under control. This does not mean that men do not get thrush is has become prevalent over the last number years due to bad eating habits causing over growth of bacteria in the gut.
Candida Albicans is a member of the yeast family more specifically it belongs to the family of plants known as fungi or moulds. It is also a natural part of our body’s flora. Its food source is almost any organic living or deceased substance and it predominately resides in the digestive system. It can also exist in the vaginal region (thrush), the mouth and throat and on the skin or nail beds. Through the use of specific herbal or complementary medicine that either bind to these toxins or kill them they are able to be safely and effectively transported from the body.
The symptoms are frequently and easily managed by a combination of lifestyle changes and herbal medication widely available from pharmacies. Over the counter medication may not always respond to such measures, and then it be wise to visit your health practitioner for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Thrush is an inconvenient, irritating and a common problem that affects both men and women. Whilst more common amongst females it affects at least 25% of women at some stage in their lives. Generally women complain of itching, irritation or soreness in the vaginal/genital area. This can be accompanied by redness and a white curd-like discharge. Suffering from thrush whilst having your period is the last thing you want, changes in hormone levels make this extremely common.
Thrush can be treated during a woman’s menstrual cycle with conventional anti-thrush pessaries and creams, or naturally with Ionic Colloidal Silver liquid-gel treatment. However if your period is particularly heavy you might want to use a cream to relieve the itching and then utilise internal applications once your flow is lighter.
For years women have been conditioned to using Tampons, inserted internally during a woman’s monthly menstrual period. Silver Lab Healthcare offers ‘prevention is better than cure’ advice. Dip and coat the tampon into the healing gel prior to inserting to prevent thrush caused from using tampons.
Silver Lab liquid gel is often utilised as a douche in the treatment of vaginal thrush. The gel formula offers safe and effective treatment of bacterial infections and complications of wounds, burns, cuts, fever blisters, herpes, vaginal thrush, boils, wet dermatitis and groin infections.
Notably they produce a ‘Healing Cream’ that offers almost instant and on-going relief for skin conditions such as vaginal thrush, vaginitis and venereal warts.
Their healing cream is fast becoming a popular alternative to cortisone based creams as the Ionic Colloidal Silver’ multi-purpose healing offers versatility without the side effects. Independent laboratory tests have confirmed its powerful antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
How does the yeast infection occur?
Normally, there is a delicate balance between bacteria and yeasts that live naturally within the digestive tract and the vagina. However, this balance is easily disturbed by any number of factors which may allow the yeasts to overgrow, leading to thrush infection and inflammation.
There are many ways to restore gut and endocrine integrity. One simple step is to slowly chew food completely. Supplements and herbs can be taken to quench the “fires” of free radical production and inflammation, and others to help the body repair itself.
At the very least first try the suggestions below:
- Avoid foods you or your children are sensitive to. Consistently remove these foods from your diet.
- Probiotics and Prebiotics are great to replenish beneficial intestinal flora.
- Digestive enzymes encourage more complete digestion of food. (Plant based enzymes are preferable).
- Proteolytic Enzymes reduces inflammation and sensitivity reactions. (Plant based enzymes are preferable).
- Consider food allergies / sensitivities
- Consider Dysbiosis or Infection with Bacteria, Candida, or Parasites.
What Internal factors cause thrush?
Poor health or diet: Food such as bread, sugar, dairy products, coffee, tea and wine contribute to thrush by increasing urinary sugar which in turn encourages the growth of yeast in the vagina.
Antibiotics: Can increase the growth of yeast as antibiotics kill friendly bacteria which keep yeast in the vagina under control. Underlying illness may cause the body to weaken, giving yeast the opportunity to multiply more easily.
Pregnancy: Hormone levels during pregnancy may create high levels of sugars in vaginal secretions, which result in the growth of yeast in the vagina.
Periods: Menstrual blood affects the vagina by changing the acidity of the vagina. Tampons and sanitary towels may also increase chances of thrush especially if tampons are kept in too long, as they change the pH balance of the vagina. Towels also provide a moist and warm environment for yeast to multiply.
Diabetes: Diabetes increases blood sugar levels including in the vaginal secretions. Diabetic women also tend to have high sugar levels in their urine and this may contribute to thrush by feeding yeast in the genital area just outside of the vagina.
Contraceptive Pills: There is a possibility that a high dose contraceptive pill may cause thrush, there is no evidence that a low dose contraceptive pill causes thrush.
Emotional or physical stress: Increases the risk of thrush as it affects your immune system and in turn making you more vulnerable to thrush.
Chemotherapy: Weakens your immune system, making you more prone to thrush.
What external factors cause thrush?
Sexual Intercourse: External stimuli may change the balanced environment of the vagina and in turn lead to the growth of yeast in this area.
Perfumed soaps and bubble baths: These products may increase the risk of thrush as they increase the natural acidity (pH) of the vagina or damage the tissues.
Wearing tight synthetic clothing: Prevents air from circulating and often creates a warm, moist place for thrush to develop. It is advisable to avoid tight, synthetic clothing; wear cotton knickers where possible. Avoid perfumed soaps, gels and bubble baths and vaginal deodorants.
Complementary therapies, such as bathing the genital area with diluted tea tree oil gel or plain bio-live yoghurt is known to ease the symptoms of thrush. Sometimes tea tree essential oil can irritate the skin therefore one should be cautious and use only 2/3 drops in a tub of bath water.
Silver Lab Healthcare’s natural formulary innovation assists those with self-diagnosed health conditions to achieve swift and lasting relief, unleashing you into a life of health with renewed vigour, through its extended ionic colloidal silver product line.
Ref: Eco Health Sense