Fungal Infections During Pregnancy

What is a fungal disease?

Fungal infection (yeast infection) – this is a common type of vaginal infections. They are very common in pregnant women. The causative agent of these infections, also called vaginal candidiasis, is a microscopic fungus genus Candida, usually Candida albicans.

A number of fungi (yeast) naturally present in the vagina and the gastrointestinal tract. Fungi become a problem when they begin to multiply so quickly that their number to inhibit other microorganisms.

Because of the increased level of estrogen during pregnancy in the vagina to produce more glycogen, which promotes the proliferation of fungi. According to some experts, estrogen may exert a direct effect on the fungus, so that they grow quickly and easily, stick to the walls of the vagina.

Risk of yeast infection is increased by using antibiotics, especially if you take them frequently or for long periods. This is due to the fact that antibiotics not only kill the harmful bacteria but also the good bug as well.

What are the symptoms of fungal disease?

If you have symptoms of a fungal (yeast) infection, they will bother you (and worse) until you are cured. However, sometimes the symptoms go away.

The main symptoms include:

-itching, irritation, pain, burning, redness (sometimes swelling) and vaginal labia,

-white or cream cheesy vaginal discharge with an unpleasant odor,

-discomfort or pain during sex

-burning sensation during urinating (when the urine reaches the inflamed areas of the genitals).

What To Do If You Suspect A Fungal Infection?

If you suspect an infection contact your doctor. Keep in mind that, despite the availability of antifungal drugs, do not self-medicate without consulting your doctor. The cause of the symptoms may not only be a yeast (fungal) infection, but it may be sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They can develop on their own or simultaneously with fungal infection.

Treatment

If you have a fungal (yeast) infection, the doctor will prescribe a prescription such as an anti-fungal vaginal creams or medicines that are safe for pregnant women. Oral antifungal medications to treat vaginal yeast infections are contraindicated in pregnancy.

The cream or suppository inserted into the vagina for seven consecutive days, preferably at bedtime. (Short courses of treatment to which you may have to resort earlier, may not be effective during pregnancy). You can also put the cream on the outer parts of the vagina.

After several days of treatment you will feel better. At this time, you can reduce the discomfort and itching if you apply ice or lie down for ten minutes in a cool bath.

If you do not like the treatment or it does not bring positive results, tell your doctor. He may prescribe a different drug.

How To Reduce The Risk Of Fungal Infection?

Infections can be avoided by making sure that the genital area is always dry (yeast thrive in heat and humidity), and vaginal flora – are normal. The following rules are simple to follow, and can help you to reduce the risk of fungal infection?

Wear breathable cotton underwear, do not wear tight pants, synthetic.

Remove wet bathing suit after swimming, change clothes after exercise, especially if you sweat.

If possible, sleep without underwear. You can wear a nightgown. It is better than pajamas.

Avoid bubble baths, scented soaps, perfumed sprays and cleaning products for personal hygiene. They not only contribute to the development of infection, they can also cause irritation of the genitals.

Wash your genital area with warm water.

Anti-Fungal Diet – What to Eat on an Anti-Fungal Diet and What to Avoid

Have you tried doing a yeast free diet before? Would you like to know what to eat on an anti-fungal diet and what to avoid? If so then today I will present to you some excellent information on how to effectively eliminate a chronic candida overgrowth through a diet which will starve out the yeast and allow your health to return to normal once more.

So what do I eat on an anti-fungal diet?

Veggies: Lots of vegetables that are low in starch, so leafy greens work as well as greens such as celery. Carrots and beets because of their high sugar content are best avoided, later on in the diet after several weeks they can be re-introduced in moderation.

Whole Grains: Quinoa, Millet, Amaranth, (Brown rice & sprouted wheat in moderation if tolerated)

Lean Meat: Organic Chicken, Organic Turkey, Wild Fish ie. Salmon. Vegetarian diets have been found to be even more effective when combating candida although for many people they find themselves unable to completely give up meat, in these instances a moderate amount of the above meats are allowed per week.

Fruits: Lemons, Limes, (Grapefruit, Berries, Green Apples in moderation after the initial phases of the diet)

What to avoid on the anti-fungal diet?

Everything processed, especially processed foods which are high in starch or have sugar.

Wheat & processed grains including breads, pastries, cookies and any grain based processed foods.

Avoid vinegar as this increases yeast activity in the body as does alcohol which also must be avoided.

Bottom line, avoid all sugar and starchy foods. A diet high in fiber to clear the bowels is ideal, with a majority of this fiber coming from vegetables and some from the allowed whole grains. This diet requires personal attention and work, however like all true methods of healing the body it is the only way to achieve lasting relief, drugs & anti-fungals will only do so much. In addition to the diet though you must also be focused upon eliminating the root causes which have created this condition to begin with, very often these are not obvious.

Thrush in Adults – Why You Must Avoid Drugs When Treating Oral Thrush

Thrush in adults is a condition that occurs as a result of the excessive build up of a fungus called Candida in the mouth. Typically oral thrush will cause white lesions on the tongue and cheek that ache. Although this condition can affect everyone it is more likely to affect those with dentures, anemia, diabetes or a weakened immune system which can make it harder to treat. In the event that the infection moves to the esophagus your doctor may perform a throat culture to figure out what specific bacteria are causing the infection, although Candida bacteria that spread to the esophagus should be treated immediately.

Symptoms may not appear right away but they often come about suddenly and can last for a long time. The first signs of an oral thrush infection are white lesions, which often have a cottage cheese like texture, which initially coat the tongue and inner cheeks before spreading to the roof of the mouth, gums and tonsils. Cracking at the corners of your mouth, an inability to taste, a dry mouth and pain are further symptoms. In very severe cases that affect your esophagus you may also experience difficulty swallowing.

Antibiotics, which affect the balance of micro organisms in the immune system, can increase the likelihood of acquiring thrush. Similarly, the HIV/AIDS complex weakens the immune system and opens you up to infections like thrush. Cancer can also compromise your immune system due to chemotherapy and this also increase your chances of developing thrush. For those with diabetes, your saliva can contain sugar which provides an opportune environment for candida to thrive.

Taking a natural approach to treat thrush is always the better option, except in the case of severe infection. Unsweetened yogurt and acidophilus tablets can help to manage the bacterial flora in your body. Sometimes, doctors will recommend an anti-fungal medication but the danger is that certain anti-fungal medications can cause liver damage. Mouthwashes and sprays can change the balance of flora in the mouth and should be avoided. Likewise, limiting the amount of sugar and yeast containing foods in your diet, you can help to ward off thrush.

Simple home remedies such as gargling with salt and water, brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day and switching your toothbrush often until the candida is gone are good precautions to take. Also try swishing a half tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil around your mouth for several minutes and then spit it out. You can also mix three drops of tea tree oil into warm water and do the same thing. These natural remedies are always a better choice when it comes to treating oral thrush because of the risks associated with using anti-fungal medications.