Yeast Infection of the Mouth:

Thrush Symptoms and Thrush Treatment

yeast infection of the mouthA yeast infection of the mouth can be very unpleasant. Of course, if you are reading this, I probably don't have to tell you that!

If you are not sure if you have thrush, we will discuss the various thrush symptoms so you may be able to determine if, indeed, you do have oral thrush.

We will also cover thrush treatment and the measures you can take to prevent your yeast infection of the mouth from recurring. There are several courses of action you can take to get rid of that oral yeast infection.

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(Note: This is Part II of our article on oral yeast infections, you can find Part I which explains thrush and its causes by clicking on the link.

Thrush Symptoms

Depending on severity and the individual sufferer, an oral yeast infection can look like a white/yellow cottage-cheese or curd-like covering on the tongue and membranes of the mouth, white spots or simply red sore areas. Sufferers may also notice sore, cracked areas of skin around the mouth.

In the beginning, the sufferer may also first notice a bad taste in the mouth.

Babies or infants with an oral yeast infection may not feed properly, because of soreness, and may also drool excessively.

Though there certainly are exceptions, yeast infections of the mouth are usually not painful. Unpleasant, of course, but not painful.

Thrush Treatment

There are three main treatment types for oral yeast infections

  • Lozenges or pastilles to suck
  • Gel to apply to affected areas and
  • Drops to also apply to those areas.

These treatments will include antifungal agents, such as miconazole, nystatin or amphotericin, to kill off the Candida yeast.

It is important that you follow the directions carefully when you use these treatments as they do need adequate time to be in contact with the Candida yeast.

It is not advised to eat or drink until at least 30 minutes after treatment, otherwise you will simply be washing away the antifungal agent.

In more severe cases, a doctor may prescribe a stronger treatment such as tablets containing itraconazole or fluconazole to clear the infection.

In the case of a breastfed baby suffering with an oral yeast infection, the mother should use an antifungal treatment on her nipples. In the case of bottle fed babies, reinfection can be prevented by throwing away teats and using brand new ones. All pacifiers, teats and teething toys should be well sterilized.

Prevention of a Yeast Infection of the Mouth

You can take preventative measures to reduce the risk of an oral yeast infection in the future:

Denture wearers should make sure that dentures fit properly, that they are taken out at night and that they are cleaned properly and soaked in a disinfectant solution.

Diabetics should make sure that they keep their blood sugar levels in control.

If you suffer with a dry mouth, you should make sure that you take sips of water on a regular basis.

If you use a steroid inhaler, attach a “spacer” to it and rinse your mouth out after using your inhaler.

If you suffer with recurring or chronic oral yeast infections, you should talk to your doctor.

(Note: To go to Part I of this article which explains thrush and its causes, click on the link.)

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