Call it vaginal thrush or itching, candidiasis, as it is medically known, has become a worrisome disease among women and laides of our time.
This health problem is fast taking a crisis dimension, so much that even the infants and adolescents are also becoming severely vulnerable to its scourge.
An overwhelming ignorance among the female folk to the intricacies of this disease has been fingered by medical personnel as one major factor, that has given this problem such prominence it now parades.
A problem that would have been rectified in a short while is allowed to linger for a longer time to the determent of the carrier largely because at inception, victims tend to regard it as a minor case that could be treated with levity. Rather than acknowledging the severity of the illness, with a view to giving it the attention it deserves, they resorts to casual handling ranging from using hot water to using hard object to scratch the affected area.
A better understanding of what this health problem is, how it operates and how it can be managed as well as the consequences of its negligence becomes imperative.
Vaginal thrush (Candidiasis) is a common infection caused by a fungus which may live harmlessly in the vagina without the carrier even noticing it. It may, in some circumstances develop into an infection in the vagina and the symptoms may spread to the surrounding area called the vulva. Its common symptoms include: itching of the vagina and vulva, redness and swelling of the tissues of the vagina and a white non-smelling discharge from the vagina.
However, a victim may not be presented with all the symptoms at the same time, one or two of the symptoms may be conspicuous, that does not mean that it is not candidiasis, early medical attention is important.
So many factors contribute to the spread of candidiasis among women. For those who frequent public toilets, the risk of contracting this ailment is very high and to say that they are the most vulnerable group is an understatement. Therefore, it is important that as a matter of habit, effort should be made to wipe oneself from front to back after using a public toilet and even a personal one. You can never be too certain, a thrush infection can be transferred from the bowel.
If possible, do get into the habit of using water to wash up after every contact with the toilet as most of the toilet papers commonly used by women are unhygienic and could possibly constitute a risk factor.
Daily washing with simple, unperformed soaps, not heavily scented or medicated could also help to keep the spread of this dreaded disease in check. This can be achieved by not scrubing hard with sponges and flannels and avoiding hot baths with strongly perfumed oils or disinfectants.
Event where infection is already registered, medical experts posit that the most soothing bath to have is a warm one with some salt in it.
Another factor to note is heat, occasioned by the type of wears that are worn around the pelvic region. Often times most females get into the habit of wearing Nylon, tights and Knickers and even close fitting jeans. These create room for heat and airless conditions, which serves as a breeding ground for the thrush fungus.
Therefore, in an era where candidiasis had become a menace to the female folk, it will not be out of place to be highly precautious of its scourge.
However, in a situation where all the precautionary measures had failed and a case is eventually established, it does not call for a panic, instead, the attention of a medical practitioner must be sought for and in good time for delay they say is dangerous.
The severity of a case though would prompt the doctor to either limit the victim to mere anti fungus cream and some antibiotic drugs or recommend some pessaries, popularly called “insertables” which will be inserted into the vagina for a quicker action.
Even at that, the type of pessary to be recommended still lies at the discretion of your doctor who would be in a better position to tell which could be compatible with your system. So, you must avoid a roadside attention.