Thrush is a form of yeast infection of the mouth. The yeast responsible for thrush is the candida fungus. It is present on the body surface and within the mouth. It does not typically cause any issues since normal bacteria prevents it from excessively multiplying. Once the number of bacteria lowers, the yeast might grow in large amounts.
What are the indications?
Thrush are white patches in the mouth and the tongue. These sites may or might not be sore. Oftentimes, you can rub off these white patches, leaving red areas that are tender.
In some cases, the corners of the mouth become red and sore. The sections might burn or sting if acidic or hot foods when eating. In severe cases, it is difficult to eat and swallow.
Management of thrush
It is important to note that thrush often flares up and settles on its own. In mild cases, the doctor treats it by gently scraping the white patches from the mouth using a cotton swab. This eliminates the yeast and enables the “good” bacteria to thrive. This allows the return of the normal balance of bacteria and fungus.
Antifungal medications might be prescribed by the doctor. When using the drug in liquid form, swish it around the mouth and swallow or use the oral form.
If an individual develops thrush often due to another chronic ailment, the doctor might suggest medications to use daily to prevent it from coming back.
Generally, the individual should feel better 2-3 days after using medications but expect some redness or tenderness to remain in the mouth. Furthermore, it is vital to take the medications as prescribed, even if the infection appears to be gone.