Top Mouth Problems Pt 2 : Oral Thrush
Sometimes back I started talking about top mouth problems and the first one was Cold Sores.
This week, let us discuss what is known as Oral Thrush
Oral thrush is caused by Candida albicans. A small amount of this fungus normally lives in your mouth, but is kept in check by your immune system. An infection develops when the fungus overwhelms your body’s ability to control it.
Caused by candida yeast, thrush is most common in older adults or babies. But a weakened immune system, antibiotics, diabetes, or certain medications — such as inhaled corticosteroids — can give candida a chance to grow wild. Wiping away the patches will cause soreness.
Candida albican or Candida Yeast doesn’t just affect the oral guts but also the genitals but our focus is on the oral guts here as it causes Thrush.
Your immune system uses some “good” microorganisms to keep Candida albicans and other “bad” microorganisms under control. Taking antibiotics, which kill off the “good” bacteria that would naturally prevent infection, can allow the fungus to multiply.
Diabetes can also cause oral thrush. When you have uncontrolled diabetes, there is a likelihood of so much sugar in the saliva. The yeast would use it to fuel it’s growth there by causing oral thrush.
Newborns can contract oral thrush from birth. As earlier said, yeast infections aren’t just in the mouth but could cause vaginal thrush as well. The same yeast causes both oral thrush and vaginal thrush. Hence, they get it during delivery.
SYMPTOMS OF ORAL THRUSH
You may not notice any symptom at the early stages of oral thrush however, with the passage of time and a the virus grows, the following is observed :
- white lesions (a region in an organ or tissue which has suffered damage through injury or disease, such as a wound, ulcer, abscess, or tumour) on your tongue, inner cheeks, gums, palate, and/or tonsils
- a creamy, white material on the surface of the lesions
- slight bleeding from the lesions when they are scraped
- mouth pain at the site of the lesions
- dry, cracked skin at the corners of your mouth
- difficulty swallowing if the lesions have spread into your esophagus.
At Home Regimen For Treating Oral Thrush
- brushing with a soft toothbrush to avoid scraping the lesions
- replacing your existing toothbrush regularly until the oral thrush clears up
- not using mouthwashes or sprays
- using a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution or saltwater mixture to rinse your mouth
- maintaining appropriate blood sugar levels if you have diabetes
However, visit you doctor for proper treatment.
- Practice good oral hygiene
- Promptly treat a vaginal yeast infection, especially if you are pregnant.
- Avoid foods that are high in sugar and/or yeast, since they could encourage the fungus that causes oral thrush.
P.S. Did you miss the first one, Cold Sores
Read more at healthline.com