Candidiasis is a genital infection provoked by fungi, generally of the Candida Albicans genus. It is quite a common infection among women of all ages and it is estimated that over 90% of women will show infection by Candida, at least once in life.
Despite being usual dwellers of the vaginal microflora, certain factors lead to raging fungus overgrown, sparking off distressing symptoms, connoting Vulval-Vaginal Candidiasis.
Candidiasis manifests in women in form of whitish thrush with an aspect of curdled milk and odorless, followed by itching sensation and/or sting and redness and/or swallowing of the vulvar region, thus renders sexual relation extremely discomforting and sometimes impossible.
The majority of fungi is opportunistic, in other words, ceases certain favorable situations for its own development. It goes without saying that any given alteration in the vaginal domain may be sufficient for a massive proliferation of Candida.
Various factors that can modify the vaginal domain, added up to a system of low resistance, (weakling defenses) may provide growth of Vulval-Vaginal Candidiasis. Therefore, it can outbreak,
In menopause, the decrease in the workload of female hormones-estrogen and progesterone can cause atrophy to the vaginal walls, rendering the mucosa more susceptible to infections. In pregnancy, from low resistance due to building up in female hormones, rendering the vaginal environ more prone to Candida proliferation. During antibiotic usage, as for destroyed also the Lactobacillus Acidophilus, which are mainstay bacteria of the vaginal flora, responsible for the acidic ph and the maintenance of equilibrium between bacterial flora and mystical. From the use of contraceptives, by an increase in estrogen level, this increases the likelihood of candida. In diabetic women, due to the high concentration of sugar in the vaginal flora and in lowering defenses against the organism. Wearing tight fit clothing or made of synthetic material, which tends to increase the heat and humidity on the Vulval-vaginal area, favoring fungal growth. From scented substances and vaginal douche thus breaking off natural protection of the vagina.
As the fungus dwells in the vaginal environ, Candidiasis is not considered a disease sexually transmitted, although it can be transmitted through sexual relations. In case of partner infected, he will develop symptoms in form of balonopstite - the penis turns reddish, with pimples and display itching or stinging.
Not always it’s possible to avoid the outbreak of Candidiasis, though few tips can come in handy like avoiding soap, hygienic towel and toilet paper scented, never sharing clothing and towels, give preference to cotton underwear, avoid washing with powder, softeners, and bleaches- use neutral soap, apart from ditching tight clothing. on a more serious note, it is up to you to take the initiative of trying to minimize your own risk factor of developing Candidiasis. So then, take care.