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Candida treatment: how to relieve symptoms and prevent recurrence

Candida is one of the most common vaginal infections out there. Despite this, finding a candida treatment without side effects that prevents recurrence is easier said than done. Many women with candida (also called thrush or simply a vaginal yeast infection) struggle to get rid of it once and for all. Read on to find out how you can recognize, treat and prevent candida.

Candida symptoms

While candida isn’t life-threatening, its symptoms can be very disruptive to your daily life and you will want to find relief as soon as possible. Candida symptoms may include:

  • Itching and irritation of the vagina and the tissues at the vaginal opening (vulva)
  • Thick, white discharge (often compared to cottage cheese)
  • Redness and soreness in your intimate area
  • A burning sensation, especially during intercourse or while urinating
  • Vaginal pain and soreness

Some of these symptoms aren’t unique to problems with vaginal yeast. They could also indicate a case of bacterial vaginosis (BV), which has a different treatment than candida. The symptoms could also be masking an underlying sexually transmitted disease (STD). That’s why it’s essential that you consult your doctor or gynecologist before you start treating candida. Doing so will help you inadvertently creating more problems for yourself (and possibly even your partner) down the line.

What is candida and why is it different from bacterial vaginosis (BV) and sexually transmitted disease (STDs)?

Candida is caused by an imbalance in the vaginal flora. Specifically by the Candida albicans yeast running rampant, which is why you know it as ‘candida.’

Candida albicans feeds on the sugar present in the cells of your vaginal walls. If there’s more sugar than usual present the yeast can grow rapidly, disrupting your vagina’s natural balance. Causes for this include:

  • Being in the second half of your menstrual cycle
  • Pregnancy,
  • Using birth control pills
  • Eating a lot of sugar and dairy products

For many women, Candida albicans yeast is always present in the vagina, and is part of good vaginal health. However, you do want to prevent it from overwhelming the rest of your vaginal flora.

Bacterial vaginosis is also caused by a vaginal imbalance, but BV occurs when the good bacteria in your vagina (lactobacilli) are overwhelmed by other bacteria. It’s not currently known what triggers these imbalances.

Finally, STDs have a variety of causes, such as bacteria, viruses and even parasites.

With such different causes, it’s vital that you know what is affecting your vaginal health before embarking on a course of treatment.

Can I treat candida myself?

In a nutshell: yes!

Once you’re certain that you are dealing with a vaginal yeast infection, you have plenty of over-the-counter options to choose from. And we really do mean plenty:

  • Vaginal antimycotic creams/tablets
  • Oral antimycotic therapy
  • Probiotics
  • Prebiotics
  • And the list goes on

There are also products that can help relieve the symptoms of candida. These sprays, creams and gels can help minimize the discomforts caused by a yeast infection, but don’t actually fix the root cause. These symptom relief products can be used in combination with the primary treatment so that you can quickly get back to you daily routine. If your symptoms don’t improve over time, it’s best to consult your doctor.

Doctors often prescribe antimycotics to treat vaginal yeast infections. While antimycotics are effective, they can cause unpleasant side effects. Common side effects include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Burning and itching
  • Diarrhoea
  • Feeling sick
  • Rashes
  • Redness

If you’re one of the 15% of women whose candida returns 4 or more times within a year, you might want to look for a different candida treatment. After all, you want to get back to normal as quickly as possible. The last thing you need is more discomforts to deal with.

Treat candida, relieve symptoms and prevent recurrence

If you aren’t interested in taking an array of different products to help you deal with candida, you might want to consider Multi-Gyn FloraPlus — especially if you find yourself facing a recurring yeast infection. Here’s why.

  • Effective, natural candida treatment
    Multi-Gyn FloraPlus uses a combination of prebiotics and the patented bioactive 2QR- complex. This lets it treat candida effectively without relying on toxic substances or harsh chemicals.
  • Fast relief from discomfort
    Unlike some other solutions, Multi-Gyn FloraPlus not only treats thrush, it provides fast relief from symptoms. A single dose can alleviate itch, irritation, odour and discharge. Moreover, Multi-Gyn FloraPlus has no known side effects. Download the insert for more information.
  • Make recurring yeast infections a thing of the past
    In addition to providing relief, Multi-Gyn FloraPlus also helps prevent recurring candida. It optimizes the vagina’s natural pH value, supports lactobacilli, and diminishes the growth of candida.