Understanding And Treating Oral Thrush
Oral thrush is a term to describe a yeast infection in the mouth. Although this infection can affect anybody, it tends to occur in children, older people and those with a weak immune system.
What Causes Oral Thrush?
When the delicate balance of these bacterias is disturbed, bad bacteria such as Candidia (thrush) can overgrow. The following is a list of people who are prone to getting oral thrush:
– People on medications such as anti-biotics and birth control pills.
– Those with illnesses such as untreated diabetes, HIV, dry mouth and cancer.
– Pregnant women.
– Breastfeeding babies.
– People who wear dentures.
The Symptoms of Oral Thrush
Although, thrush can become chronic thrush (yeast infection) symptoms usually develop suddenly. The majority of sufferers will know something is wrong when they see or feel:
– Creaming white raised lesions in the mouth. Some people have described them as looking similar to cottage cheese.
– Bleeding or pain when the sufferer brushes the lesions on their tongue.
– Pain or difficulty swallowing.
– A feeling that food is “stuck” in the throat or in the mid-chest area.
If left untreated, thrush can spread to other parts of the body. This commonly occurs with HIV patients and those who have other serious diseases.
Thankfully, oral thrush is easily treated. All sufferers need to do is visit their doctor and tell them they suspect they have oral thrush.
The doctor will visually inspect the tongue and possibly scrape off some cells for testing. If the doctor diagnoses thrush, he or she will prescribe anti-fungal medication in the form of tablets, liquids or lozenges.