Posted by: ME | 2004/11/12



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Posted by: PN | 2004/11/12

Everybody has Thrush/Candida, a form of yeast (Candida Albicans). The yeast is normally confined to the lower bowels, the vagina and the skin. In healthy individuals with strong immune systems it is harmless and kept in check by "good" bacteria, called bifidobacteria and acidophilus. But if the balance of the intestinal environment is altered by a compromised immune system or other factors, then the opportunistic Candida becomes pathogenic, transforming from a simple yeast into an aggressive fungus that can severely compromise one's health. This condition is known as Candidiasis. Candidiasis is most common in women, however, it is important for the man to be treated should the woman suffer from recurring bouts of vaginal thrush, as the man can harbour the organism on his penis, so re-infecting his partner.

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