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CANDIDIASIS

Candidiasis also called thrush is a very common condition caused by yeast occasional overgrow of harmless yeast in the female vagina.

HOW DO I GET INFECTED?

  • Though can be passed on during sex, it is not a sexually transmitted infection hence, can affect people even when they do not have sex.
  • Common during pregnancy and in people with diabetes, or HIV.
  • It can also develop when taking certain antibiotics, or chemotherapy treatments that affect the immune system.
  • Wearing tight clothing can also enable thrush to develop.
  • Thrush can be made worse by products that may cause irritation of the vagina, such as vaginal deodorant or bubble bath.

HOW DO I KNOW I MAY BE INFECTED?

Women might notice:

  • itching, soreness and redness around the vulva, vagina and anus
  • vaginal discharge may become very thick, like cottage cheese
  • pain with sex and urination

Men might notice:

  • irritation, burning or itching under the foreskin or around the tip of the penis
  • redness of the genital skin or a spotty rash on the head of the penis
  • a discharge under the foreskin, or swelling

HOPE

  • Thrush can clear on its own, especially in people who don't have any symptoms.
  • Anti-fungal cream and pessaries (specially shaped pills which are inserted into the vagina) easily clears the infection.

CAUTION

  • Personal hygiene especially in women is key during treatment and thereafter to avoid recurrence.