Over 70 per cent of women suffer from thrush at some point in their life and, for some, it can be a recurrent problem. There are anti-fungal remedies available, such as Canesten and Nystatin, but here's our self help plan:
● Take live Lactobacillus acidophilus tablets, which supplement the "friendly" bacteria in the vagina; or eat live ("Bio") yoghurt three times daily during an attack.
● Eat plenty of fresh garlic, a natural antiseptic, or take garlic supplements.
● Try inserting plain live yoghurt into your vagina with your fingers.
● Avoid antibiotics, unless it's absolutely necessary.
● No more long, hot baths; take showers and short warm baths and avoid bath oils.
● Avoid close-fitting trousers and go knickerless when possible. Wear stockings instead of tights.
● Avoid swimming in chlorinated water. Seek out ozone treated pools and shower thoroughly after swimming.
● Don't use tampons.
● Use non-biological washing powder.
● Beware - the Pill and pregnancy can be triggers.
● Certain foods, such as sugar and yeast - in bread, Marmite, alcohol, mushrooms and most cheeses - can encourage thrush, so cut down on your intake.
● Vitamins B2, B5, B6, B12, C, E, folic acid and selenium supplements may bolster your immune system, and only buy vitamins that are yeast-free.