It isn’t often I talk about things to do with vaginas and such but problems do happen in that area from time to time. At the time of writing this I am not enjoying the best of health, the main problem over the last couple of weeks has been that with osteo arthritis in my hands which swell up occasionally. I am not incapacitated but first thing in the day is worst until my hands begin to move through use. The swelling is sporadic and the application of a small amount of prescribed gel brings it down. A couple of nights ago I arose from my bed to visit the toilet and suffered a severe burning sensation as I passed water. It was confined to the external parts of my vagina. I have had the experience before on a couple of occasions though at that time the pain was internal. Those occasions were caused by Cystitis, a bladder infection which makes urinating very painful combined with the continuous feeling to urinate even when the bladder is empty. The treatment usually consists of taking anti-biotics and applying an external cream. I was happy at least on this occasion the discomfort, though painful, was external. I had all the symptoms of ‘Thrush’ or some very similar infection. Fortunately E had some cream specifically for treating Thrush which she had left over from having the problem some time ago. I had all the symptoms listed below except the last part of number three. Smiles. I visited the chemist (drug store) to obtain my own medication the following day as I don’t need to pay for my prescriptions and E might just need it again though I hope not. I attach information about the condition below.
The article below is copied from http://canesten.co.uk
Thrush is a very common infection that’s caused by yeast called Candida albicans. Normally, the Candida organisms live harmlessly in your gut and in one in five women it also resides in the vagina. They usually coexist quite happily with other normal organisms in your body, and are kept in check by your immune system and also by the good bacteria (which you have probably heard about from adverts for pro-biotic drinks and supplements).
The pH levels in a healthy vagina also play a part in stopping the yeast from getting too frisky and causing a problem.
As with the rest of your body, though, it doesn’t take much for the finely tuned systems to start getting a little bit out of balance. If the conditions in your vagina start to make it favourable for Candida to start multiplying, you can be sure that it will take advantage and start to overgrow as soon as the opportunity arises. That’s why most women will probably experience at least one attack of thrush in their lifetime, and some women suffer from thrush on more than one occasion.
Although different women will experience the symptoms of thrush differently, and it’s very possible that your own symptoms can change from one attack to another, there are certain things that you should look out for that can be a sign you’re about to suffer from thrush.
The first and most obvious sign that you might be coming down with a thrush infection is discomfort ‘down below’. You might feel a little bit itchy or sore around your labia and the entrance to your vagina. You might also feel a little swollen.
The next sign, which not all women will notice, especially at first, is a whitish discharge that is generally odourless. Some people say that it looks a little bit like cottage cheese.
Other symptoms you might get are an uncomfortable burning sensation when you pass urine, and pain or a burning sensation during sex.