Thrush: Also(Oropharyngeal candidiasis)
is a medical condition in which a fungus
called Candida overgrows in the mouth
Small amounts of the candida fungus are
present in the mouth, digestive tract, and
skin of most healthy people.
The immune system and the body's normal
bacteria and microorganisms usually
keep Candida in balance.
certain illnesses, stress, or medications can
disturb the delicate balance, causing the
fungus candida to grow out of control,
control pills, Pregnancy(Hormonal change).
Illnesses: Poorly controlled diabetes, HIV/ADIS
infection, Cancer, Dry mouth.
Having an organ transplant
Having dentures that are poorly fitted
In addition, babies can pass the infection to their
mothers during breast-feeding.
Characteristic white patches.
Cracking at the outer edges of the lips
Feeling of food stuck in the throat.
Soreness in teeth.
Strange or unpleasant taste in mouth.
Fever, if the infection spreads beyond the
clinically diagnosed by a physician or
dentist when the characteristic-looking
white patches are found in the mouth or
The doctor or dentist can scrape off a
small amount of the white matter from the
mouth or throat and look at it under a
Thrush that is located farther down the
throat or in the esophagus is usually found
by doing a procedure called an endoscopy.
Treatment of thrush depends on the cause
and severity of the infection.
If the thrush is caused by something that is
reversible, such as taking antibiotics,
smoking, ill-fitting dentures, or poorly
controlled diabetes, these factors must be
corrected as part of the treatment.
antifungal mouthwash (nystatin).
stronger systemic medications, such
as fluconazole (Diflucan) or itraconazole
• Home remedies for thrush are aimed
at decreasing risk factors for thrush as
well as preventing overgrowth of the
normally found Candida yeast.
Brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush.
Rinse your mouth with a diluted 3%
hydrogen peroxide solution.
Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
Avoid mouthwash as it can alter the
normal flora of your mouth.
Keep your dentures clean and see a
dentist if they do not fit correctly.
Eat unsweetened yogurt if you are
Home remedies that can reduce the
discomfort of thrush are:
Drink cold liquids, or eat frozen or
Eat soft, easy to swallow foods.
Drink from a straw if the patches are