Thrush in Adults – Why You Must Avoid Drugs When Treating Oral Thrush

Thrush in adults is a condition that occurs as a result of the excessive build up of a fungus called Candida in the mouth. Typically oral thrush will cause white lesions on the tongue and cheek that ache. Although this condition can affect everyone it is more likely to affect those with dentures, anemia, diabetes or a weakened immune system which can make it harder to treat. In the event that the infection moves to the esophagus your doctor may perform a throat culture to figure out what specific bacteria are causing the infection, although Candida bacteria that spread to the esophagus should be treated immediately.

Symptoms may not appear right away but they often come about suddenly and can last for a long time. The first signs of an oral thrush infection are white lesions, which often have a cottage cheese like texture, which initially coat the tongue and inner cheeks before spreading to the roof of the mouth, gums and tonsils. Cracking at the corners of your mouth, an inability to taste, a dry mouth and pain are further symptoms. In very severe cases that affect your esophagus you may also experience difficulty swallowing.

Antibiotics, which affect the balance of micro organisms in the immune system, can increase the likelihood of acquiring thrush. Similarly, the HIV/AIDS complex weakens the immune system and opens you up to infections like thrush. Cancer can also compromise your immune system due to chemotherapy and this also increase your chances of developing thrush. For those with diabetes, your saliva can contain sugar which provides an opportune environment for candida to thrive.

Taking a natural approach to treat thrush is always the better option, except in the case of severe infection. Unsweetened yogurt and acidophilus tablets can help to manage the bacterial flora in your body. Sometimes, doctors will recommend an anti-fungal medication but the danger is that certain anti-fungal medications can cause liver damage. Mouthwashes and sprays can change the balance of flora in the mouth and should be avoided. Likewise, limiting the amount of sugar and yeast containing foods in your diet, you can help to ward off thrush.

Simple home remedies such as gargling with salt and water, brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day and switching your toothbrush often until the candida is gone are good precautions to take. Also try swishing a half tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil around your mouth for several minutes and then spit it out. You can also mix three drops of tea tree oil into warm water and do the same thing. These natural remedies are always a better choice when it comes to treating oral thrush because of the risks associated with using anti-fungal medications.