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Thrush & Intimate Irritation

This article has been medically approved by Pharmacist Sumaiya Patel - GPhC Reg No: 2215078

It is normal for the body to host a variety of germs, bacteria, and fungi. Some of these are useful to the functions of the body and produce no harm or benefit, but others, if allowed to go unchecked, can cause harmful infections. Thrush is one of them. Thrush is a common yeast infection that affects the mucus membrane lining of the mouth and tongue. Small amounts of a fungus called Candida usually lives in your mouth most of the time and are kept in check by your immune system and other germs that live in your mouth. However, when your immune system is weak the fungus can grow and lead to thrush. Thrush causes itching and irritation on the places of your skin that is affected, but when it occurs in an area as sensitive as the vagina, it can be exceptionally uncomfortable and lead to Vaginal Irritation which requires medical attention and treatments like vaginal tablets. Most Vaginal Irritation is not a major concern, but it is always advised that you consult your health care provider.


What Is Thrush?

Thrush is an infection caused by a yeast called Candida. This yeast normally lives in your body quite happily without doing you any harm. But when the natural pH balance of your vagina is upset - which can easily happen - Candida can multiply. And that's when you may start to itch and develop thrush.


Who gets Thrush?

Don't worry or be embarrassed about having thrush, as thrush is much more common than you might think - 3 out of 4 women have it at some point in their lives, especially if they are under the age of 20 or pregnant, and it is commonly suffered around the time of a period. Men are not immune. They can get thrush too, though only a few develop the rash and itchiness. Most male sufferers act as carriers, without actually having the symptoms. To help prevent re-infection, make sure you and your partner use Canesten Thrush Cream.


What are the symptoms of Thrush?

The main symptom - and by far the most irritating - is the itching. You may also feel a burning soreness which can be accompanied by a whitish odourless discharge. Though very uncomfortable, these symptoms can be sorted out quickly and easily, by treating at the site of infection as well as soothing the irritation. Most women seek help for relief of external itching. However, it is important that the infection is treated internally as well as externally, to prevent symptoms from returning.


What is Intimate Irritation?

Over 50% of women suffer from intimate vaginal irritation and discomfort and must rely on vaginal tablets or treatment. One of the triggers can be using perfumed soaps and shower gels which alter the natural pH of your vagina, leaving you more susceptible to thrush. That is why Canesten have developed 'Care by Canesten' Wash and Wipes which are soap and fragrance free as well as pH balanced. This special range of products for everyday intimate care is:

  • Soap-free and fragrance-free.
  • Gynecologically tested.