When it comes to thrush, people seem to be divided as far as their knowledge. Some think that thrush is a minor blip and don’t give it any thought beyond that while others have no idea whether or not it’s contagious. So, is thrush contagious? The answer is yes – thrush is highly contagious.
Thrush is a type of yeast infection that is caused by an overgrowth of Candida Albicans which is a fungus. While everyone has this fungus in them, it is when an overgrowth happens that it begins to wreak havoc on your system and cause yeast infections or thrush. This can happen anywhere on the body; vaginal or genital thrush, oral thrush, and the rashes on skin that are caused by yeast. As well, this overgrowth of yeast can cause systemic yeast infections which can be very serious and even fatal when left untreated in some people.
How Is Thrush Contagious?
Not only is thrush contagious, but it can be passed back and forth between people with a ping-pong type of effect so that you stay infected for months at a time. Let’s have a look at how different types of thrush can be passed on.
Oral thrush: This is most common in newborn babies and adults with severely compromised immune systems due to HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy, etc. Newborns are born sterile and get oral thrush when exposed to yeast for the first time which is usually through breast feeding. And, since thrush thrives in spots that are warm and moist, the nipples often become infected from the warmth and dampness of the baby’s mouth which offers the ideal breeding ground for thrush in the first place.
Skin Thrush: Yeast infections of the skin, such as diaper rash are common on the parts of your body that retain the most heat and moisture which is usually between the thighs, under the breasts and in skin folds. You can spread thrush to other parts of your body by not washing your hands properly after touching the affected skin.
Vaginal and Penile Thrush: The genitals are another part of the body that provide an ideal breeding ground for thrush because the area tends to hold in heat and moisture more than others. Having sex with a partner who has thrush will almost always result in your catching it. Most people who wonder if thrush is contagious are likely referring to this type of infection. And yes, this is the way you are most likely to pass on thrush. It can be passed back and forth between partners for months. Healthy men don’t always get symptoms of yeast infections and women who suffer from regular thrush rarely consider sex as the culprit causing the infections. Most people if asked the question “Is a Yeast Infection Contagious” would answer no because they think it is limited to the person with the infection.
What You Can Do About It
Now that you know that thrush is contagious you can start taking preventative measures to keep from spreading it to others parts of your body or other people. This means wearing condoms during sex or abstaining from sex until the thrush has cleared up. You should also be extremely diligent about keeping the affected area clean and dry while also washing your hands thoroughly after touching the affected area. Check out my article on Some Unlikely Thrush Cures
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