Thrush During Pregnancy: The Causes and Treatments
Thrush is what a yeast infection of the mouth is often called, though you can get the yeast infection just about anywhere on your body, though it’s usually found in dark, moist places such as the mouth and the vagina. Thrush, or a yeast infection, is caused by an overgrowth of a fungus known as Candida albicanis.
When in the mouth you’ll usually notice white spots on the roof on the mouth, the inside of the cheeks, and the tongue. Some people experience itching, others only complain of the white spots covering the areas of their mouth. Many people believe that they simply need to brush their teeth after drinking milk, but when they brush they realize that there is actually something more going on.
Thrush is often found on the thighs near the vagina. The skin will appear red, raised, and inflamed. And, the typical symptom is that it will start itching like crazy! The itching associated with thrush or yeast infections (which are the same thing but some people refer to it as one or the other) is very distinct, and nothing seems to rid the area of the itchiness, no matter what you do. If you have these symptoms you should contact your doctor right away to get a definite diagnosis and begin treatment.
Thrush or a yeast infection in the vagina is very common during pregnancy. You may experience vaginal dryness at first, and then you’ll likely have a very thick discharge. The discharge often associated with thrush or a vaginal yeast infection is a cottage cheese consistency that is what most doctors consider the telltale sign of a vaginal yeast infection. The itchiness will usually start out somewhat mild and get worse and worse as you go along.
Causes Of Thrush Or Yeast Infections
Yeast infections are very common, in fact it’s estimated that half of all American women will have had at least one yeast infection by the time they are 25. Thrush is even more common during pregnancy, although doctors aren’t sure why. Most doctors blame a huge change in hormones as being responsible, as well as a change in the immune system. Diseases such as diabetes may able add to the chances that you experience thrush during pregnancy as well.
Treatment of Thrush During Pregnancy
Treatment of thrush during pregnancy will be treated differently depending on where you are experiencing the thrush. During the first trimester doctors will usually use medications that are formulated for children, as they are not as harsh. Creams such as Nystatin are often used and applied several times a day. There are oral medications that can also be used, and your doctor will determine what medication is best for you.
There are also natural treatments for thrush. Plain yogurt with no added sugar or flavor and with the live acidophilus bacteria can be applied directly to the affected area for relief. A witch hazel compress on the affected area is also very beneficial reducing swelling and itching.
Treatment for thrush during pregnancy usually lasts about ten days and all the medication should be used, even if you start to feel better. Within ten days the painful itching will be a distant memory, and hopefully you won’t experience it again anytime soon!