Natural Breastfeeding Thrush Remedy
In response to the issue of persistent thrush while breastfeeding, I would strongly recommend Gentian Violet. You can pick it up at most drugstores for a couple dollars and it's one of the most effective remedies in my own (frustrating and painful) personal experience with thrush. My daughter and I passed it back and forth for a while and Gentian Violet was the thing that cured it most efficiently.
You paint your nipples and the inside of the baby's mouth three times a day for three days. It's safe to use frequently. Be forewarned-- your nipples (and your baby's mouth) will be a very bright purple so plan to wear breast pads or an old t-shirt during the treatment. Also, I found that once my daughter was older-- over a year, I believe-- she wouldn't nurse from my breasts if they were purple. She didn't seem to be bothered by it when she was younger.
Whenever I have used this remedy, I have had relief from thrush and the accompanying nipple soreness.
Two of my sons had thrush as infants and I got it on my nipples too. I was told by a friend that if I did not mind a bit of mess to try gentian violet. I went to Ultra Food and Drug and got a bottle and painted his mouth and my nipples with the stuff and it cleared right up. Use old clothing and sheets though as it does stain everything purple but was worth it.
(Vancouver Island, Canada)
(San Francisco Bay Area, Ca)
(Fort Collins, Colorado)
For over a month I had a white coating on tongue diagnosed as thrush. Was given 2 doses of nystatin. Didn't work. Was told to get Grapefruit seed extract as acts as antifungal. Took internally for one week. The next week I emptied the capsules and put it directly on my tongue. After 3 days the white coating was definately better. Been 6 days now & almost completely gone. Will continue for another week to take internally & put on tongue to make sure gone.. Notice I feel better now also. Not as tired & my bowel constipation has cleared up. I think this is a wonderful cure & it works!!!
Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of HIMALAYAN PINK SALT 1 or more times a day under the tongue for thrush/white coated painful tongue/dry mouth. You should see a BIG difference in 1-2 days. Also, it may be helpful to take a rest from all other supplements (except acidophilus) for at least a few days while trying the salt treatment.
Thrush: Low iodine in the body can cause yeast. I have hypothyroidism and didn't know that the thyroid regulates iodine in the body. I started eating dulse and kelp and used vinegar/water mix on vagina before I finally had the bloodwork done and it helped alot as the burning was untolerable, along with drinking apple cider vinegar, 2 tbls per cup of water with small pinch of baking soda and 2 tbls lemon. Also took good probiotics.
BV and Lemon Juice:
I've suffered with intermittent thrush in my teens and 20's. It would be brought on by:
i) non condom sex with some men. not all.
ii) using soap, bath oils etc.
I switched to pH balanced soap and discoverd that dilute lemon juice poured over my vulva would get rid of any little flare ups. The earlier you catch it (at the first sign of a prickle or an itch) the faster it disappears!
I'm 48 now haven't needed to buy an over the counter remedy for thrush (which I hardly ever get now due to soap avoidance) since I started using dilute lemon juice.
I started HRT about 3 months ago and to my horror my vulva started reeking of fish. Just looked it up and found out about BV.
I'm assuming that this is another "upset pH" problem which causes the wrong type of bacteria to flourish, so I have just started the lemon juice routine to see if it will also deal with BV as well as thrush.
Please try lemon juice (I use Jif diluted with equal water), girls - it might work!
I had a stubborn case of thrush. I tried peroxide, genetian violet and when that didn't work I went to the doctor and was put on Fluconazole for 10 days and after I was out of the prescription I still had it or at least I think I did. My tongue was still white but I didnt have any other symptoms. I tried scraping the tongue and everything and still white. Started looking for other remedies and came across this page so I tried milk of magnesia and let me tell you that it worked almost instantly. my tongue is back to normal. WOW
Milk of Magnesia
I developed horrible oral thrush after 5 weeks on antibiotics for a chronic Staph aureus sinus infection of 34 years. I've had so many antibiotics over the years for this infection that my systemic Candida was now on overload. My heart rate was escalating and I felt like the thrush was taking over and I would probably die if it wasn't eliminated. The immediate source seemed to be Candida in my sinuses which was flowing down the back of my throat.
I was given Nystatin Oral Suspension in the ER but it has a ton of sugar and made me gag. I decided it was irrational to treat Candida with sugar so I had to look for something else. I would have called my doctor for an Rx of plain Nystatin powder to use as a mouthwash, but it was Memorial weekend.
Desperate, I read the testimonies on EC and decided to try Milk of Magnesia. I started with 2 tablespoons undiluted MoM and swished it in my mouth for a few minutes. I was amazed and overjoyed when the fungus began peeling off right away. I did this for two days but increased the time and diluted the MoM a bit. By evening of the 2nd day there was no more white mold bonded to my tongue or gums.
However, the night of the 1st day I realized I needed to attack the immediate source or the thrush would return. So I took the syringe that came with the Nystatin suspension, partially filled it with diluted MoM and shot it up my sinues. Then tilted my head backward and forward and upside down so it would move around. It did burn but was not unbearable. I then went to bed and the next morning felt much better. I did the same thing on night #2 and day #3 felt even better.
I realize I now need to destroy the Candida in my sinuses or I'll have another outbreak of thrush. Has anyone been able to totally eliminate Candida in the sinuses with MoM? If so, what is the procedure? I am also starting in earnest an anti-Candida program for my whole system which will take several months, but it's the only way to deal the problem.
Thanks so much for your testimonies and for this website. They have been an enormous blessing!
Milk of Magnesia
Thrush in newborns: Take a q-tip or cotton swab dip it in Milk of Magnesia and rub it around the babies mouth twice a day sure enough it will cure it just as fast as it came on. I have a one month old who got thrush and sure enough instantly it started working. Helped ease the discomfort and cleared it up with not problems!!!
(Rocky Mtns, Ut, Usa)
Oral Thrush (Candida) My symptoms: sore throat (which was really white patches on the back of my throat that turned into red sores) and a thickly coated tongue. Thrush can be several colors: white, yellowish, brownish, orange.
After going to 2 MDs (worthless) and a specialist (even more worthless) I was left to figure out treatment on my own. Thank Heaven for Earth Clinic.
Here's what worked for me:
1. NO sugar. The problem exists in the gut, so treating the mouth alone will not work. Candida thrives on sugar.
2. Probiotic: use a good quality REFRIGERATED probiotic. Buy one that is enteric coated (sealed) so it opens in the lower intestine where it will do the most good.
3. Drink LOTS of filtered water.
4. Treat the tongue. I alternated hourly the following: a mixture of baking soda and sea salt on the tongue and rub it in, swish then spit, swishing with vegetable glycerin (spit out), swishing with whole leaf aloe juice (then drinking it as directed), oil pulling with organic coconut oil (swallow or spit), dentist gave me an Rx for Nystatin (not sure how effective this would be alone). I also found that having an apple before bedtime soothed both my throat and stomach. Chew a piece of apple then let the bits rest on your tongue before swallowing.
5. Plain, organic, probiotic yogurt. This is my breakfast. I also left some on my tongue for several minutes before swallowing.
6. Yeast supplements. Contacted my herbalist for a good quality yeast supplement.
7. Do not use a toothbrush on your tongue. It is too harsh. I bought a tongue scraper that has a wide, soft brush that works great. Use the tongue scraper a few times a day and especially after brushing your teeth at night. I disinfect both brushes by tossing them in a jar of alcohol.
8. Get plenty of rest. Infections deplete your body.
9. I have GERD which I think contributed to the thrush. DO NOT USE OTC antacids!! They make your system too alkaline. Ask your naturopath/herbalist about gentiana/scutellaria capsules to aid digestion. Use as directed at meal times and before bed.
10. Be patient. I've been dealing with this for nearly two months and am finally seeing change. But if the infection persists make sure that there are no underlying causes such as diabetes or auto immune issues.
(I have also ordered gentian violet tincture. There are numerous articles on using this product as a swab directly on the tongue in babies. I will update after use)
Adult white male USA.
I have had Candida and thrush all my life. As a child I lived on sugar, two tablespoons added to sugary cereal. As an adult I switched to booze, beer, flour and antibiotics.
For the past 30 years I have constantly had some form of thrush, from light to white sticky coating with cheek and gum sores. I tried every prescription and holistic swish and systemic I could find.
Recently I read about this simple combination and it worked within 6 days. It worked so fast I got my first real case of herx which turned into fibromyalgia-like symptoms across my shoulders and upper arms and plugged Eustachian tubes.
Here is what worked FOR ME. I will include the brand and amount I used simply because I had it on hand.
One large mug. 14-16oz.
One N*W Brand 500mg capsule Pau D' Arco Inner Bark
One N*W Brand 400mg capsule Echinacea Purpurea Root
1. Open capsules and add to empty mug
2. Sprinkle of cayenne pepper.
3. Add boiling water
4. Sip like you would any tea.Be sure to swirl the bottom grounds and swallow.
One mug every morning on a empty stomach while fixing breakfast of mixed beans.
I continued this for two weeks. I still have it occasionally just because I like the flavor.
To ease the herx I took one 500mg PLNT (Vit Sh*pp*) Olive Leaf twice a day for a week.
Most of the muscle aches have gone away but the plugged right ear is still a challenge.
No more headaches, brain fog or sticky stools.
I do not eat sugar or flour. Very little lean pork tenderloin or salmon. I don't like beef, chicken or eggs.
I eat tons of EVOO, beans, nuts, seeds, avocado, squash, and mixed green salads of every shape and size. Every Sunday we make 10qts of mixed beans then refrigerate in qt. canning jars for the week.
All rice makes me feel "sugary" so I buy cheap bulk sunflower seeds and grind about 1/2 cup and mix with beans at mealtime for complete protein.. The cutter cap on cheap Oster blenders fit on a canning jar so we grind sunflower seeds in a qt. jar then refrigerate with a plastic cap.
I eat small amounts of blueberries, apples and pineapple.
I will add that my go-to bean mix is one lb. each of Baby Lima, Great Northern, and Pinto soaked overnight then cooked in same water. When these have cooked about 1 1/2 hr. I add one lb. Lentils unsoaked and cook another 20 minutes. Turn off heat a let set a bit. Then jars.
I am not posting this as fuel for trolls that like to argue diets. It works for me and I hope it helps you.
I appreciate finding this page.I have 5 grown children and 7 grandchildren.I have cured at least 14 cases of thrush over the years. Mostly with yogurt, probiotics, diet and tea tree oil. I have had thrush now for 3 months. I was surprised to find someone on this website that had it for 9 months.
I traced the cause back to when I was sick and put on albuterol with the breathing machine for a month. NOONE told me to rinse out my mouth, I did use the spacer I was told to use. Then one drop of an anti biotic/anti fungal in my ear set it off and it's been over 3 months now. I have tried baking soda, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, milk of magnesia, lidocaine (toxic), and every kind of thing in mouth wash and tooth paste. I use coconut oil after a shower because lotion makes the fungus worst after it's use. I developed a tooth that needed a root canal from all of the mouth imbalance. I have all of it under control with the exception of Thrush. I am now on a generic form of diflucan along with another bottle of nystatin, olive leaf extract, beta gluten with caprilic acid, garlic, coq10, oregano oil. I just started swishing the organic, extra virgin coconut oil in my mouth for 20 minutes (oil pulling)this morning. After reading this I am off to get GNC's last bottle of oil capsules of coconut oil to hopefully finish this off. Thank you for this sight. It is the first time I have found anyone with the problem of extended thrush. I'll be back
(Columbia, South Carolina)
(Sugarland, Texas, Usa)
This is wonderful! I just tried the sesame oil OP and I already feel my sinuses opening. I Suffer from severe mold poisoning, and have gone the route of natural herbs to treat it with success. I am also suffering from a body candida infection from mold poisoning as well. This helped the thrush portion of the sickness I couldn't quite tame. I am being cured of the mold poisoning with great herbs and supplements. Learned the hard way that Doctors can't treat me for since they'll loose their license. Thank you Earth Clinic for your amazing group of people and their knowledge. I will post when I see more results.
I tried oil pulling for the first time this morning and it had an incredible effect on my thrush. Not only that but my gums have already almost completely stopped bleeding. I've been on medicine after medicine for thrush but each one makes it worse and the doctors were stupmed. 1 session of oil pulling (I only did it for 5 mins to start off) has gotten rid of most of my thrush except the thick parts in the back of my tongue. This is truely amazing.
(Kansas City, MO)
I developed oral thrush after taking Flonase for 6 weeks, and while using a night guard for teeth grinding. I think the combination of those two really did me in. I stopped using the Flonase, and my dentist prescribed 10 days of nystatin oral tablets, 3 times a day. Then, he prescribed 10 days of clotrimazole lozenges, which didn't work either. I finally decided to completely eliminate sugar--even trace amounts in mayonnaise! I was so fed up with it, I wasn't taking another chance that sugar would derail my efforts. But it was excruciatingly difficult because I have a major sweet tooth.
I visited my primary care doctor and she prescribed 3 days of diflucan 100mg tablets, one tablet per day, and combined with the no sugar diet--I still thought my gums weren't back to normal. I was so frustrated and depressed about it. I felt like I would have thrush forever! I had tried coconut oil pulling with 3 drops of clove oil mixed in, before the visit to my primary care doc, after the clotrimazole didn't work. That combination is recommended by Dr. Axe's website--a tablespoon of coconut oil with 2-3 drops of clove oil. I thought it made my gums angrier. Then, when I read another forum related to thrush resulting from asthma inhalers, someone said they had repeated bouts of thrush, and swore by coconut oil pulling. So, I tried the coconut oil by itself for 20 minutes twice a day. Immediately, I noticed relief, and a marked decrease in redness and irritation. I was so happy! I think the clove oil was irritating my gums.
I continued to "pull" with coconut oil twice a day for 20 minutes, morning and night for a little more than a week. I visited my dentist more than 6 weeks after I had initially suspected I had thrush--and he said I'm normal. I don't think he gave much credence to my belief in the coconut oil pulling, but I'm convinced it cured it! My primary care doc was positive my gums were just irritated from doing salt water rinses and rinsing with a mouthwash I found at the health food store, and the coconut oil pulling. I only started those after the clotrimazole troches didn't work! I didn't do anything for a week after that visit with her--while I was taking the diflucan--and they were red and angry the whole time. So, a few days after the diflucan was up, I went back to straight coconut oil pulling, and it worked!!!!!!!!!!
I had to write this here to help someone, because this was the most frustrating health experience I have ever had! Also, I changed my toothbrush out constantly while trying to get over this. At the end, while I was doing the coconut oil pulling--I changed it out every day. I hope this helps someone out there who is as frustrated as I was! The irony is that I found out from a food allergy test (my primary doc ordered blood work to rule out an underlying condition), that I'm allergic to tree nuts. But the pulling did wonders for my mouth! I also took probiotics, and ate unsweetened, plain yogurt with loads of ground cinnamon in it. I kind of abided by the diet outlined in "The Yeast Connection" by Dr. William Crook, too.
I've tried warning people I know not to take Flonase, or other steroid nasal inhalers, but no one seems to care. I even went to a Naturopath doc to find help for oral thrush, and he was as bad as a regular doctor. He didn't care. He didn't help me. I was scouring the Internet trying to come up with a solution for this horrid condition--desperate. I'm so grateful I'm finally back to normal. Thank God! Good luck out there!