Yeast infection in mouth is also called as oral thrush. It is a fungal infection caused by candida albicans. It is characterized by thick white or creamy patches that appear on tongue or inner cheeks. Sometimes upper palate, tonsils and back of throat get affected by yeast infection.
- It is caused by fungi called candida albicans.
- People who wear dentures are more prone to develop oral thrush.
- People who have weakened immune system may have severe form of oral thrush. Immunity can be weakened due to some diseases or certain drugs.
- Person suffering from HIV are likely to develop oral thrush due to low immunity.
- During delivery if mother has vaginal yeast infection, it can be transmitted to baby while passing through birth canal.
- Diabetic patients in whom blood sugar level is very high may get oral thrush. Growth of fungi is facilitated by the presence of more sugar in saliva.
- Person who has undergone chemotherapy or radiotherapy is more susceptible to candida infection.
- Smokers are at risk of developing oral thrush.
- Xerostomia (dryness of mouth) is one of the contributing factors for developing oral thrush.
Symptoms Of Yeast Infection In Mouth
- White creamy thick patches are seen on tongue, palate, inner cheeks and back of the throat.
- Patches may have red border.
- If the patches are scrubbed it may bleed.
- Loss of taste.
- Uncomfortable feeling in mouth.
- Corners of mouth may be cracked and appear red.
- Baby having oral thrush may cry and become irritable while feeding.
- Eating becomes difficult and painful.
Infection may spread to esophagus and intestines. In severe cases yeast infection may spread to other parts of the body.
Oral thrush is diagnosed by just looking at it. Doctor may advise certain test to rule out underlying diseases that may have lowered the immunity.
Home Remedies For Yeast Infection In The Mouth
- Frequently gargle with warm salt water.
- Eat plenty of yogurt to build healthy bacterial flora which will protect you from oral thrush.
- If necessary anti-fungal medication can be taken after consulting your doctor.
- Clean your mouth regularly. Oral hygiene will play important role in preventing oral thrush. Brush your teeth twice a day. Change your toothbrush periodically.
- Limit your sugar intake.
- Clean feeding bottles, bottle nipples and pacifiers thoroughly and boil them before reusing.
- Acidophillus supplements will help to restore healthy bacteria.
- Apple cider vinegar is helpful in treating oral thrush. It restores body’s pH to fight against candida infection. Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and little salt and gargle frequently with this solution.
- Onions and garlic have anti-fungal properties include it in your diet. One can chew a clove of garlic every day. You can boil garlic cloves in water. Strain the water and use it like mouthwash.
- Nursing mothers should check their nipples regularly to look for yeast infection.
- If you wear denture, soak the denture in cleaning solution overnight. Rinse it with clean water before using it.
- Do not use mouthwash that may harm healthy bacterial flora.
- Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder with a glass of warm milk and drink it. Turmeric has healing properties.