Oral thrush is a yeast/fungus infection caused by the species Candida that affects the mouth’s mucous membranes. Candida albicans is the most prevalent cause, however Candida glabrata and Candida tropicalis can also cause it.
- Yellow/white bumps & patches on your tongue, inner cheeks, gums, tonsils, or lips
- Bleeding from scraped bumps
- Burning sensation or soreness in mouth
- Irritating cracked dry skin around the corners of the mouth
- Having difficulty swallowing
- Continuous bad taste
- Losing sense of taste
These oral antifungal medications work well, though prescription is advised:
- Fluconazole (Diflucan)
- Clotrimazole (Mycelex Troche)
- Amphotericin B (AmBisome, Fungizone)
Rinsing your mouth with any of the following will help ease down symptoms or irritation:
- Solution of baking soda with water
- Lemon juice mixed with water
- Mixture of apple cider vinegar with water
- Yogurt which contains beneficial bacteria
Try the following to lower your risk of oral thrush:
- To help your immune system work properly, eat a good diet and live a healthy lifestyle.
- Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and see your dentist on a regular basis to maintain proper dental hygiene.
- Make an appointment with your doctor if your mouth is constantly dry and follow their treatment plan.