Oral thrush is a very common fungal infection, and can affect both adults and children. Thrush lesions appear in the oral cavity on the inner cheeks and tongue, and can sometimes spread to your gums, the roof of the mouth, back of the throat, or tonsils. However, oral thrush lesions are normally caused by a candida fungal infection.
It is important to note that even though there is no obvious external sign of oral thrush, the condition should be diagnosed by your physician. There are many different signs that a person may have oral thrush, including itchy gums, a cotton feeling in the mouth, loss of taste, cracked corners of the mouth, and/or redness or swelling of the mouth. Sometimes, you will also notice some white spots on your tongue, which can be quite painful. The most common causes of oral thrush include taking antibiotics, hormonal changes, food allergies, pregnancy and diabetes.
Treatment of oral thrush should start as soon as possible. The first thing a doctor can do to treat oral thrush is prescribed an oral anti-fungal medication, such as Diflucan, which is easily found at your local pharmacy. A more serious type of oral fungul infection, thrush that has spread to other parts of the body, can require a more invasive treatment.
It is important to seek medical care right away if you suspect that your body has become infected. The faster your condition is treated the sooner you can start feeling better. If you decide to treat your body’s condition with home remedies, be sure to make a full list of ingredients that you want to use when making your treatment regimen. This will help ensure that your mouth is completely clean and dry before applying any topical solution. Make sure you follow all directions carefully so you do not get the wrong result.
Oral thrush symptoms are quite difficult to detect because they occur as a result of a very small number of factors. There are some easy things you can do to ensure that you support your health and the healing of your body. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, which flushes your system clean and helps flush out the fungus causing organisms. Avoid sweets and sugar in any form, as these are high in yeast-causing bacteria. And, avoid wearing dentures, as they may allow yeast to grow into them. Also, rinse your mouth after using a corticosteroid inhaler, floss daily, brush your teeth every morning and night, see a dentist regularly, and treat any occurrences of dry mouth.