Oral thrush is a yeast fungus infection in the mucous membranes of the mouth and can also affect the throat. The yeast infection is also known as candidiasis or moniliasis.
Oral Thrush Who gets its.
Candida is found in the oral cavity and almost half of the population will have it. Everyone who does wear dentures will get candida and possibly will not suffer any ill effects. The only time candida will become a problem when there is a change in the chemistry of the oral cavity that does favour candida over the other micro organisms that are present.
Here is a list that tells you who is more prone to getting oral thrush.
There are people who will also suffer from oral thrush that does relate to side effects of their medication such as anti psychotics or medical conditions such as Sjogren’s Syndrome
·People that take antibiotics or are having chemotherapy treatment
·Use of oral steroid medication or steroid metered dose inhalers
·People who have diabetes or any other metabolic disturbance
·People with lowered immune systems
Symptoms of Oral Thrush
White, yellow or cream coloured spots in the mouth. The spots are usually slightly raised. Normally no pain is experienced underneath these spots. If you do end up scraping these spots all that happens is that you will leave a small wound that will bleed slightly. Adults who have thrush in their mouth and throat will feel an uncomfortable burning sensation in the mouth and throat.
Treatment for Oral Thrush
The best way to cure the condition is to use antifungal medicines, such as in the form of pastilles that you can suck on or oral liquids that you can hold in your mouth prior to swallowing. This allows the antifungal agent to heal the mouth.
Products that you can use are Nystan oral suspension, Fungilin Lozenges or Daktarin Oral Gel. In some cases where the infection has spread, this is when a systemic treatment will become necessary in the form of antifungal tables or in the form of injections.
Never self diagnose, it is far better to seek professional advice and what is best to treat your condition.