What is Thrush?

Thrush is a fungal infection most commonly caused by Candida albicans fungus. It is normally present in the mucous membranes of the mouth, intestinal tract, the vagina and the skin of healthy people. However, on occasion there is an excessive growth of fungus, which causes minor infections. One variation, chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis, affects the skin, nails and mucous membranes, and in rare cases spreads throughout thebodyandresultsinsystemicthrush.Systemicthrush can cause damage to the heart, lungs, brain or kidneys.


Vaginal thrush:

  • Vaginal itching.
  • A white cheesy-looking discharge

Oral thrush:

  • Creamy, yellow, raised sores in the mouth and the throat

Mucocutaneous candidiasis:

  • Red, itchy skin patches
  • Redness and swelling around the nails
  • Oral and vaginal thrush
  • Hair loss

Systemic thrush:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Specific symptoms indicating endocarditis, blood poisoning, meningitis or pneumonia

What causes Thrush?

Candida albicans is almost always present in the body, but bacteria that are also present usually keep it under control. Sometimes these bacteria fail in their task, allowing fungal overgrowth and infection. Thrush may develop when your resistance is low due to illness. It also occurs as a side effect of antibiotic treatment for a bacterial infection since antibiotics may destroy not only the bacteria causing the illness, but also the beneficial bacteria that control fungal growth. Thrush is particularly common in people who have diabetes, since excessive blood sugar promotes fungal growth. Oral thrush is most common in babies, the elderly, and those who are weakened by illness. In the last of these, the infection may spread to the esophagus (gullet) making swallowing difficult. The variation chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis is often associated with an endocrine hormone abnormality, such as an under active thyroid or Addison’s disease.

Systemic thrush infections are most likely to occur in:

  • People with AIDS, leukemia, or poorly controlled diabetes.
  • Drug abusers, including chronic alcoholics and intravenous drug addicts.
  • People who are taking regular antibiotic or anticancer drugs.

What can I do to avoid Thrush?

  • If you have diabetes, maintain strict control of your blood sugar levels.
  • Avoid the excessive use of alcohol.
  • Do not use intravenous drugs.
  • Do not take any antibiotics unless prescribed by your doctor.


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What Conditions Respond to Acupuncture?

Acupuncture treats a wide variety of disorders. The World Health Organization lists over forty diseases that acupuncture can treat effectively. The following is a partial list of the most common ailments.

Nerve Disorder Bell’s Palsy (Facial Neuralgia) · Headache · Intercostal Neuralgia · Migraine · Numbness in hand and feet · Parkinson’s Disease · Shingles · Sciatica · Toothpain · Trigeminal Neuralgia
Motor System Disorder Back Pain · Bursitis · Herniated Disk · Knee Pain · Neck Pain · Repetitive Motion Injuries · Sprained Ankle · Sports Injuries · Stiff Shoulder · Tempromandibular Disorders · Tennis Elbow · Thoracic Outlet Syndrome · Whip Lash
Gastro-intestinal Disorder Anal Fissure · Constipation · Diarrhea · Gastritis · Gastroptosis · Hemorrhoid · Hepatitis · Indigestion · Irritable Bowel Syndrome · Kidney Stones · Stomatitis · Ulcer · Ulcerative Colitis
Circulatory Disorder Cold Constitution · Edema · Heart Problems · Heartthrob · High Blood Pressure · Jaundice · Low Blood Pressure
Endocrine Disorder Diabetes ·Thyroid Problem · Gout
Respiratory Disorder Asthma · Bronchitis ·Common Cold · Coughing · Sore Throat ·Tonsillitis
Urinary Disorder Cystitis · Enlarged prostate · Frequent Urination · Impotence · Kidney Inflammation · Mastitis · Male Infertility · Urethritis
Sensory System Disorder Deafness · Eczema ·Dermatitis · Dizziness · Eye fatigue/strain · Hayfever & Sinus · Meniere’s Disease · Myopia · Skin Infections · Tinnitus · Vertigo
Gynecological Disorder Breech · Cold Constitution ·Dizziness · Endometritis · Endometriosis · Hysteromyoma · Infertility (Acura Fertility Treatment) · Mastopathy · Menopause · Menses · Menstrual Disorder · Morning Sickness (BBC News)
Pediatric Disorder Asthma · Bedwetting · Diarrhea · Excessive Night Crying ·Indigestion · Thrush · Weak Constitution
Other Disorder Anxiety ·Autonomic Ataxia ·Breathlessness ·Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ·Hair Loss · Hernia · Insomnia · Sleeping Disorder · Multiple Sclerosis · Osteoporosis · Physical Condition Improvement · Psychosomatic Disorder · Quit Smoking · Stress Management ·Weight Control