If you can see some white rash in your mouth, you may have the infection called oral thrush. It is a superficial infection caused by the fungus Candida Albicans. Candida, an organism that gathers in the mouth can outgrow causing creamy white lesion. Oral thrush lesions are found on the tongue and inner cheek. Sometimes it can spread on the upper lip, gums, back of the throat and tonsils.
Oral thrush is a minor infection that can affect babies and toddlers. But anyone can get oral thrush. If your immune system is weak then you will probably get this kind of infection.
Oral thrush develops quickly. The symptoms include:
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Candidas are normal organisms in our skin, mouth and digestive tract. These organisms are kept under control by other bacteria in our body. But sometimes, the balance between the two microbes is disturbed. The disturbance causes the Candida fungus to grow out of control and increase in numbers. This increase is the one that gives oral thrush. The disturbances between the two are due to:
Some cases of oral thrush just go away within 1-2 weeks without any medical treatment. But if the fungus won’t stop from spreading doctors will prescribe antifungal medicines which are generally taken for 10-14 days.
Home treatment for oral thrush includes:
Oral thrush is not common for older children, teenagers and adults. See your doctor if you have this kind of infection. Check for any underlying conditions. The fungus can get into your blood stream if you have weak immune system. This will eventually cause problems to your liver, brain and heart.