- By Maria Bantellis
- Published 01/5/2012
The term thrush is widely used in the UK to describe various infections caused by a form of fungi, called Candida albicans,
How does thrush occur?
Candidiasis is a type of infection that is caused by a fungus or yeast called candida albicans, which is found naturally on the body, particularly in warm, moist areas such as the mouth and genitals.
It usually remains unnoticed, causing no problems, as it is kept under control by the body’s immune system – which defends the body against illness and infection.
However, there are factors that can cause the fungus to multiply and result in an infection, known as thrush.
Who is at risk?
Thrush/yeast infections are predominantly found in women.
In women, as mentioned above, the candida albicans fungi thrive in warm, moist areas such as the vagina.
Lifestyle Causes of Vaginal Thrush
Your lifestyle can be a major factor in causes of an attack of thrush.
With this in mind, it is always best to try and maintain a healthy lifestyle which in turn may reduce your susceptibility to thrush. Exercise regularly, eat healthily and reduce your stress levels – all these factors may be triggers of thrush.
If you take control of the above, you are ultimately boosting your immune system which when running on low – can be a major cause of vaginal thrush.
About theAuthor: Maria Bantellis is a health writer with a growing interest in the causes of vaginal thrushand related conditions.