Thrush is no fun. It's uncomfortable and if you're the parent of a child with thrush you cand often feel helpless. For those of you who do not know, Thrush is an infection of the mouth caused by the candida fungus, also known as yeast. It can also sometimes be referred to as candidiasis.
You may know that yeast infection is not limited to the mouth; it can occur in other parts of the body as well, causing diaper rash in infections or vaginal yeast infections in women, penile yeast infections etc. Really any part of the body that had a fold in the skin can be vulnerable to a yeast infection.
But you came here for one purpose. You want to learn how you can clear up thrush as quickly as possible. I'm about to show you exactly how to do that.
Thrush can affect anyone, though it occurs most often in babies and toddlers, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. For this reason, everyone should have the knowledge for fighting this nasty bugger.
What Causes Thrush?
The fact is, our bodies are covered with bacteria inside and out. We need this bacteria for the most part because it is our "good" bacteria. These little microorganisms, fight off the "bad" that makes us sick. Candida is one type of good bacteria that exists in our body. It is a component of yeast fungus.
Small amounts of the yeast bacteria are present in the mouth, digestive tract, and skin of most healthy people and are typically kept in check by other bacteria and microorganisms in the body.
However, certain factors like illnesses, stress, or medications can disturb the delicate balance, causing the fungus candida to grow out of control, causing infection.
The Methods that upset the balance of microorganisms in the mouth and may cause thrush include:
- and birth control pills
In addition, babies can pass the infection to their mothers during breastfeeding-feeding. Mothers can get a yeast infection of the nipple area.
The Symptoms of Thrush
Thrush can be identified by the following symptoms:
- You may have pain (soreness) or difficulty swallowing
- A feeling that food gets stuck in the throat or mid-chest area
- Commonly, you'll see a white coating of bacteria in the mouth on the cheeks and back of the tongue
- And fever if the infection gets bad enough
It's not uncommon for the bacterial lesions in your mouth to bleed if you scrape at them.
Not a pretty scenario is it?