Thrush, vaginal candidiasis or yeast infection – whatever you call it, infection in a women’s vaginal region can be irritating and painful. Apart from the embarrassment, yeast infection can lead to unhealthy sexual life and decreased interest in sex or painful intercourses. Some women with severe yeast infection may find it extremely painful to even walk a little distance. Diflucan is a great anti-fungal medication used in the cure yeast infection. Though the drug comes with many benefits, there are a few ifs and buts too. This article will give a detailed overview of Diflucan in the treatment of vaginal candidiasis or thrush.
What is vaginal candidiasis? Presence of yeast infection in the vaginal area is called vaginal candidiasis. Yeast is a fungus that is present normally over skin. Candida albicans, the specific type of yeast that causes infection, is present in moist areas in the body like armpits, mouth, groin, sexual organs, buttocks (under fold) etc. When there is an overgrowth of Candida albicans due to stress or intake of medications are other unhealthy behavior, it causes yeast infection. Sometimes external irritants like vaginal douches can also result in the growth of albicans. Oral sex, intake of too many contraceptive pills, pregnancy and vaginal sex can also result in thrush. Though this yeast is present in both men and women, vagina (in women) is most affected by the fungus.
What is the severity of vaginal candidiasis? Yeast infection in women can turn severe if left untreated. Some women who have yeast infection face difficulty in walking. It is said that about 75% of the women get thrush at least at some point in their lives. Yeast infections can be aggravated by the presence of secondary bacterial or protozoal infections like Gonorrhea or Trichomonas.
Diflucan in treatment of thrush: Thrush is common among women and Diflucan is a great cure for the infection. Diflucan or Fluconzole is an anti-fungal antibiotic that is used to treat fungal infections in any part of the body or to combat fungus in people with weak immune system. It works exceptionally well in the treatment of vaginal infections – sometimes not more than one pill is required to treat vaginal candidiasis. Diflucan helps by reducing the load of fungi, thus diminishing the symptoms caused by the fungus. A special method of dosage is where one places a medicated ‘pessary’ right inside the vagina. The drug acts on the infection from there, locally. In case of acute yeast infections, the drug is taken orally. Seven days of treatment is generally suggested by the physician.
Diflucan – side effects: Diflucan can inflict serious side effects in women – seizures, convulsions, vertigo, dizziness, blistering and peeling of skin, red rashes etc. are some of them. Loss of appetite, yellow skin and abdominal pain are possible side effects. Allergic reactions to the drug can result in hives, problems in breathing, swallowing, swelling of face, throat or lips. Often vomiting, diarrhea and nausea accompany these conditions.
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