There are many different types of bacteria all over and inside the body, and under normal circumstances they are not harmful, and in fact, many are protective. Candida albicans is one organism that is found in the body, and usually it goes unnoticed, but when there is an overgrowth you can end up with candidiasis, or more commonly known as thrush. If you suffer from thrush then you can get rid of it, and here’s how.
What Causes Candidiasis?
- Decreased immunity: this allows the organism to grow unopposed and may result from any condition leaving you in an immunocompromised state, including diabetes, cancer, pregnancy, alcoholism, and being on steroid therapy.
- Tight clothing: this creates a warm and moist place for candida to flourish, so there is an overgrowth.
- Antibiotics: certain antibiotics create an imbalance of natural organisms so there is an overgrowth of candida.
- Vaginal douches or using any sort of vaginal hygiene spray
Getting rid of candida
- The aim here is not to get rid of all the candida in your body, but it is mainly to restore the balance of organisms to a state that doesn’t cause you any problems. If you start experiencing itching, burning and a curdy white discharge then you need treatment.
- Antimicrobials: there are various antimicrobials that will help to fight candida, and these are available in the form of oral tablets, creams, and local suppositories.
- Pro-biotics: if you are ill and your doctor prescribes antibiotics, you should enquire about the various side effects, especially thrush. In order to maintain the micro-organism balance in your body you can take probiotics. You need to take it as soon as you start your antibiotics, and usually for 3 days afterwards as well. Even when you do not have thrush you can get probiotics in yoghurt to help with prevention.
- Maintain good hygiene habits: by keeping yourself clean and drying yourself properly you can avoid getting thrush and if you already have thrush you can decrease time to recovery by maintaining good hygiene.
- Wear loose clothes: by wearing clothes that don’t stick to you, you will remove the warm and moist environment and allow your body to breathe, so you can avoid getting thrush altogether.
- Avoid vaginal sprays: the truth is that the female genital tract will usually clean itself because of the acidic environment that exists in it. This means that you don’t have to go putting any sort of cream or sprays in there, and in so doing you will decrease the tissue damage and decrease your chances of getting thrush.
- Be environmentally friendly: there are certain things like tampons and sprays that are made of various chemicals, and if you already have thrush these will just make it worse, so avoid them until you have it under control. At the same time you should be looking more for natural products that will be less harmful to your body.