Information about Oral Thrush
We Have to Know about the Oral Thrush
- Candida albicans is yeast that everyone has in the gut. Under certain conditions it invades the skin or mucous membranes. When it affects the mouth, it is called oral thrush
Causes of Oral Thrush
- Oral thrush and other candida infections occur when immune system is weakened by disease or drugs such as prednisone, or when antibiotics disturb the natural balance of microorganisms in the body.
These illnesses may make one more susceptible to oral thrush infection:
- Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis.
- Diabetes mellitus.
- Vaginal yeast infections.
Do’s and Don’ts – Oral Thrush
- Follow a healthy diet.
- Use antibiotics only as prescribed by a doctor.
- Visit the dentist if you have an irritation caused by dentures.
- Pregnant women should be checked for vaginal thrush to prevent oral thrush infection of their newborn babies.
Signs & Symptoms of Oral Thrush
- Curd-like white patches inside the mouth, on the tongue, palate and around the lips.
- Red, inflamed areas underneath the white surface, with slight bleeding when attempting to scrape off the white patches
- Cracked, red, moist areas of skin at the corners of the mouth
- Fussiness, irritability, and poor feeding in infants if the infection is painful
Medical advice for Oral Thrush
- Curd-like white patches appear inside the mouth
- Mouth irritation prevents a baby from feeding
- In addition to the above, there is difficulty swallowing
Risk factors of Oral Thrush
- Susceptibility to fungal infection
- Impaired immune system
- Newborn babies
- People using antibiotic medication
- The chronically ill (such as diabetics)
- The elderly
- People using corticosteroid drugs or other medications that suppress the immune system
Treatment for Oral Thrush
- Anti-fungal medications
Self-care for Oral Thrush
- Practice good oral hygiene
- Try warm salt water rinses