Last Modified on Sep 29, 2014
Thrush, or oral candidiasis, is a not-uncommon fungal infection that typically appears in the mouth, its mucous cavities, and on the tongue. It may also present itself at the nipples of nursing mothers. Thrush is a form of candida and as such is a result of the overproliferation of naturally occuring yeast strains in the human body. A whitish film on the tongue or elsewhere is an obvious symptom of thrush and may be accompanied by sores and bleeding.
A compromised immune system, excess sugar intake, diabetic condition, or other immune-suppressing conditions (such as taking antibiotics) can lead to the development of thrush. However, it is also common in babies, who simply are feeding all of the time, have underdeveloped immune systems, and may not thoroughly clean out their own mouths in between feedings.
Natural Cures: In babies, thrush is often allowed to resolve itself in a week or two. For adults, reducing sugar intake and using 3% hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash can bring a quicker remedy. Vinegar or any other antifungal food can also help to counteract the yeast overgrowth.
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