A Candida throat infection (also called Candida throat) can be caused by an illness, overuse of antibiotics, or stress. It is a fungus which lives naturally within our G.I. tract without any problems since the friendly bacteria that our bodies produce keep it at bay. However, if you are feeling run-down or stressed, the fungus can cause an infection.
Corticosteroids, oral contraceptives, and antibiotics can cause an oral yeast infection to spread. If you have untreated diabetes, AIDS or cancer, you could be prone to a Candida albicans throat infection. A pregnant woman is also at risk of Candida thrush because pregnancy often causes a severe imbalance of hormones.
Male Candida is also associated with the Candida yeast. But male Candida does not refer to the throat. Instead, it affects areas such as the genitals, groin and the underarms. These areas are usually damp which enables the fungus to grow rapidly, causing small, white blisters and itchiness.
Painful or bleeding white lesions are usual, localized Candida symptoms. These appear on the tongue, inside the cheeks or in the mouth. The sores may bleed while brushing your teeth. In cases of chronic Candida, symptoms can further include fever and difficulty when swallowing. If you experience a feeling as though a piece of food in lodged in your throat or severe itching, this could be a sign that the Candida infection has extended into the esophagus.
The diagnosis of Candida throat usually occurs during a dental examination. If it is suspected that the infection has extended to the esophagus, an endoscopy may be necessary. A tiny camera is placed on a tube that is inserted in the throat and a video is taken. Or the dentist may take a swab of the fungus and have it examined with a microscope.
Prescription gargles and mouthwashes are effective and easy ways of treating Candida. But in the case of bad Candida infections, especially if your immune system is weak, you will have to use potent antifungal treatments for two weeks. These are prescribed as tablets, liquid, or lozenges.
Treatment will depend on the diagnosis of each individual case, and may vary according to age and the severity of the infection. Because Candida throat can be caused by other illnesses, the dentist may recommend that you see a medical doctor for further diagnosis. There may well be other underlying health issues causing the Candida infection.
There are a couple of effective home remedies that are known to help fight mild Candida throat infections. Gargle with vinegar and warm water, or mix some coconut oil with some tea tree oil for gargling. Certain types of yogurt contain live cultures which are known to help fight Candida throat.
You can do a number of things to prevent Candida throat. Follow a good oral hygiene regime every day. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day. Avoid the use of oral sprays and mouthwashes because they contain ingredients that can interfere with the balance of the friendly micro-organisms that are in your mouth.
Visit your dentist regularly, particularly if you wear dentures or if you have diabetes. Avoid eating foods that are high in sugar and yeast. Wine, beer and bread can all encourage the growth of Candida. If you are a smoker, try to quit, or cut down significantly.