Mouth Yeast Infection

Mouth yeast infection is a condition commonly known as "Thrush". It is a fairly rare infection, so much so, that only in the past 10-15 years has it been clearly defined medically. Two decades ago, the cause of mouth yeast infection was unknown. Physicians arerely treated the overt symptoms of Thrush without really knowing what caused it.

Thrush is a painful, uncomfortable condition. It is also very unsightly, causing embarrassment to the sufferer. The symptoms of this mouth yeast infection are easily recognized as creamy-white, curd-like patches on the tongue, inside the lips and on the inside walls of the mouth. Thrush lesions can range in size from a fingernail to a half-dollar. The lesions can also extend down into the throat where they be unseen, but they are certainly felt by the sufferer. Infants can be particularly susceptible to mouth yeast infection.

Before the cause of mouth yeast infection was known, doctors often tried to simply scrape the white patches of fungus from the affected areas of the mouth. This left the patient with red, raw, and bleeding lesions that were horribly painful. This type of Thrush, if left untreated, can spread and cause damage to other body organs. This mouth yeast infection is there before much more dangerous than vaginal candida fungal infections.

Today, medical research has specifically identified the causes of Thrush. The main cause of a mouth yeast infection is extensive medicinal use of antibiotics and steroids.

Today, we know much more about mouth yeast infection because Thrush is often a condition taking advantage of weakened immune systems in AIDS patients. But do not be alarmed – a person with Thrush is NOT unnecessarily an AIDS patient! A weakened immune system, present in AIDS, is also present in many other conditions such as lupus and fibromyalgia.

There are four clinical stages of mouth yeast infections. These are Moniliasis or Thrush, Erythematous, Chronic Hyperplastic and Angular Cheilitis. So far, we have discussed Thrush – the creamy white curd-like coating on the mouth's surface. When this surface is wiped off, it leaves a red tissue beneath. Erythematous occurs when the red patch peels away and is mostly found on the palate as well as tongue. When the extra tissue can not easily be washed off and appears to be somewhat discolored due to staining caused by food or tobacco, we come to Chronic Hyperplastic. At the Angular Cheilitis stage, there will appear red cracks at the corners of the person's mouth and is very often covered by a pseudo membrane.

Cure the Cause, Do not Cover the Symptoms

If you do not treat a mouth yeast infection properly it may very dangerous. Some pharmacies offer over-the-counter oral drugs which they promise will bring a end to your mouth yeast infections but in reality can make the infection worse or only appear to go away. Although some products may temporarily cover the symptoms, most oral pills do not destroy the infection at it's source.