Saturday, May 24, 2014
An oral thrush infection is characterized by a fungal infection of the mouth. It is also commonly referred to as white tongue infection. It leads to the development of white lesions on the roof of the mouth, inside of the cheeks and tongue. These lesions may become painful and may also bleed when there is irritation. If the condition is not treated, the lesions may also occur on the gums, throat and tonsils. Oral thrush infection may also lead to cracking at the mouth corners and a loss of taste.
Bacteria and other microorganisms are normally present on the body. The fungus, candida albicans is also present in many individuals without causing any problem. However the population of candida increases considerably when there are certain changes in the body. A candida infection may occur due to excessive consumption of sugar rich foods. Fungi require sugar for survival and hence their population increases when there is excessive sugar intake. Therefore diabetic individuals with elevated blood glucose levels often experience fungal infections such as oral thrush. Those who wear dentures that do not fit properly may also get affected by oral thrush as the mouth parts are at risk for continuous irritation. Oral thrush may also be seen in individuals with weak immune systems. Prolonged intake of antibiotics is also associated with oral thrush infection as it causes a decline of the levels of good bacteria
Treatment for oral thrush infection involves use of antifungal medication. There are also some beneficial natural remedies that help to ease this infection. One of the most effective ways to treat oral thrush is through the use of yogurt. Yogurt is full of good bacteria that help to reduce the levels of candida albicans. Yogurt may be applied to the affected areas using a cotton swab. One can also gargle with a solution of tea tree oil and water to ease a fungal infection in the mouth. Baking soda may also be used to cure oral thrush. Simply add a teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water and stir until it dissolves completely. Using a cotton swab, apply this solution to the affected area. This treatment is safe for babies and may be applied to the gums and tongue after feedings. Another beneficial natural treatment for oral thrush is grapefruit extract. Add a few drops of grapefruit extract to a glass of water and apply to the infected areas.