Many women and some men have experienced thrush, which is a type of yeast infection that can cause the mouth, skin, and genitals to become itchy and painful.
Although thrush is not very common, with only up to 31% of AIDS patients and almost 20% of cancer patients develop it, thrush is not viewed as a serious infection. However, a yeast infection in the same family as the thrush, known as Candida auris, is an alarming new strain. It is not only resistant to antibiotics, but has also killed 60% of those diagnosed with it.
The Clinical Alert
The Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) issued a warning to the public because they are worried about the yeast infection and it may soon spread in many new locations, such as the United States. Quite recently, there have been some reported incidents in the US, as well as in the United Kingdom, South Korea, South Africa, India, Kuwait, Venezuela, Pakistan, and Colombia.
Even though Candida auris is in the same family as thrush, it isn’t as simple as it can get into the respiratory and urinary tract.Plus, the fungus expert of CDC said that this particular yeast infection is resistant to at least one of the three antifungal drugs used to treat the infection. And it is also possible that it is resistant to all three of the main drugs. If that’s not worrying enough, Candida auris doesn’t just spread from one person to another; it can actually be caught through surfaces or equipment that have been contaminated. That means it has a very high chance of getting into hospital environment and will stay there.
More about the Scary Infection
The yeast infection was first discovered in 2009 in Japan and then it spread to South Korea and the rest of the countries mentioned above. According to the Public Health England (PHE), at least eight patients have been diagnosed with this rare, yet deadly infection since 2013. There is a huge possibility that there are other cases that remain unreported.
How to Avoid Candida Auris
Because of how it is spread, it can be difficult to avoid the infection. But this doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You can limit your risk of catching the deadly yeast infection with the following easy ways:
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Make sure you’re always clean down there.
- Change your underwear at least once a day.
- Don’t wear tight pants.
- Change into dry clothes after swimming.
It also helps if you stop eating too much sugar, as this sweetener can disturb the balance of bacteria in your vagina.