Vaginal Thrush

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Vaginal thrush is a very common yeast infection that it is caused by Candida albicans in 90% of the cases (2007). Candida is a diploid yeast fungus and is an opportunistic pathogen that is normally kept in control by the immune system and bacteria, therefore, any disruption in body’s defenses can lead to the overgrowth of Candida, hence thrush (2011). Vaginal thrush mainly occurs during a women’s reproductive years and is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but it can be passed on from one partner to another through sexual intercourse, being one of the most common infections, affecting 75% women at least once throughout their lifetime (2007). The male partner of a woman with thrush does not need any treatment unless they have symptoms of thrush on their penis. Some of the typical signs and symptoms of thrush experienced by women are, vulvovaginitis which is redness and inflammation around the vaginal area and the vulva, vulva pruritus and soreness, thick creamy white discharge with no offensive smell, dysuria and superficial pain during sexual intercourse (2011). Normally the...

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