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
Baking soda quickly took care of a case of thrush my less-than-a-year-old son had. All it took was about one teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a small cup of water, swabbed inside baby's mouth 4 or 5 times a day with a Q-tip that i dipped into the mixture. It vanished in about 48 or fewer hours. It's been many years ago, but I think this is the amount of baking soda relative to water. I definitely remember that it worked very fast. This seems to be a simpler method than any of the others here.
The pediatrician (I've since learned to avoid such unnecessary licensed quacks :)) had recommended "a new drug" being used at the teaching hospital where she worked.
----Please be aware that teaching hospitals are notorious for using patients as guinea pigs: read the book, "Confessions of a Medical Heretic," to find out this and many other fascinating/horrifying facts about doctors. The physician who wrote it says to avoid doctors as much as you can!---- I called the local La Leche (breastfeeding support organization) to see if they knew something less toxic, and that is where the baking soda and water remedy came from.
After a heart attack in 2007, I came home from hospital and quickly developed a very painful oral thrush. Eventually I discovered the value of magnesium in heart disease. That led me to search for other benefits magnesium might cure. I found this Milk of Magnesia remedy for thrush on Earth Clinic. I used about a tablespoon of Milk of Magnesia mixed with the same amount of water so I can swish, gargle and spit.
It was nearly instant relief of the oral pain... and the thrush itself was gone in about a day. God bless the folks at Earth Clinic.
Gentian Violet is AMAZING! When my son was 2 months old he came down with thrush due to some antibiotics I was taking for complications of my C-section. Our lactation consultant said to use GENTIAN VIOLET 3 times a day and in about 2-3 days the baby's Thrush should be gone. It worked. just don't plan on going out for about a week. It stains the skin for several days. Your baby's face will be purple everywhere depending on how messy of an eater they are and the size of your nipples.
Tea Tree Oil
My lactation consultant recommended using Tea Tree Oil in the dishwasher to kill the thrush bacteria from all the bottles and other items the bacteria may have been growing. It is fully pesticide free and though the smell is quite strong I think it really helped. I even like the smell now. I always think "clean" when I smell it. We used this in conjunction with GENTIAN VIOLET and my son's thrush went away within a week.
I know there's some stigma over using this-but quite a lot of skin creams contain urea-one of the major components of urine. I can tell you that getting a small amount of fresh urine on a cotton wool ball and applying it to styes, works a treat-your stye will be gone in a few hours-may need a couple of applications though.
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 agree that urine can be safely used as a remedy. It is sterile but not necessarily non-toxic (bleach is sterile). In the diving world, it is often used to remove sea urchin spines.
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.
Gentian Violet contains mercury so I would strongly reccomend against using this for Thrush in babies
Here is a link from the government of canada
Since urine is acidic (urea), vinegar would probably work just as well. I heard that vinegar works.
My pediatritian recommended trying Gentian Violet when my nursing 6 month old had thrush that would not go away with Nystatin. I just put a little on a q-tip, swabbed his mouth and it quickly went away. It should be noted that his lips turned purple and his drool discolored anything he put into his mouth. This was a small price to pay to cure his thrush and relieve my pain.
Urine therapy is older than any other therapy listed on this page of remedies (look it up and see it's history). I second using this therapy as a safe and VERY viable alternative to OTC and prescription medications. Once you're over the stigma, you'll see it works. Narrow mind = sick.
With all the other suggestions on here, I have no idea why you still allow this comment to be on here. Urine in the baby's mouth??? That is sick...
I used Fennel Powder in warm water to clear up my baby's thrush (a white coating on the tongue). A German Woman told me about it. It was amazing. In a day or two it was all clear. You can us it imbetween baby's formula. From 2 weeks and older. It is so cheap too! Go to any health food store and buy as much as you like! Use a coffee maker, put in about 1/2 c. fennel to 12 serv. of water. Add less water if you find it isn't strong enough.
Can you tell me what is "oil pulling"? Have never heard the term but my friend is desperate to try anything for thrush. Thanks.
EC: More information about Oil Pulling: https://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/oil_pulling.html
Hi, i have a remedy for vaginal thrush and am not sure if it's included coz it seems like you're talking about mouth thrush only. I had vaginal thrush about 8 years ago. I used plain yogurt for cleaning- make sure you wash off real good. I also started eating a lot of yogurt and its been gone for the past 8 years.
I have been on many inhaled steroid regimes for many years and if you do not rinse the back of your throat properly after each use you will get Thrush. This is obnoxious and itchy in the back of your throat and if you have it, you know you want it gone ... NOW. Tea tree oil gargle or mouthwash can be found in any vitamin/nutrition store or you can just add a little T.T.O. to your regular daily mouthrinse or gargle. Just make sure that it gets to the farest depths of the throat without gagging and then sip some water. You will feel immediate relief and continue with it twice a day for a week or so. What doctors will prescribe for it to go away takes much longer and the antibiotics (especially for women) have many other unpleasant side effects. So try the tea tree oil. It is great.
Vitamin B6 has cured Thrush in people I have known.
Vitamin E stabilized my low BP.
Comfrey compresses healed not only the deep bruising (in 3 days), resulting from a stubbed, broken toe but also, bone -- after all, the common name for comfrey is "knit bone". Raspberry tea healed my indigestion after I was forced to eat "junk food" for 3 days whilst staying with my husband's cousin.
Cayenne pepper is awesome! My husband used it to reduce his weight. 1 tspn cayenne pepper in a 1/2 cup of hot water, 3 times a day. It speeds up the metabolism.
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.
Two of my kids had thrush before turning 4 months old. My grandmother told me to use a cotton ball or clean white cloth, wet with bit of babies urine from first morning diaper change and wipe on the white patches on tongue and mouth. Cleared in 1-2 weeks.
I suffered with thrush for 9 mos. Tried Nystatin and several other RX meds. Tried all of the popular probiotics and even tried the expensive Three-Lac. Three-Lac did offer some relief but could not completely get rid of the problem. One week of extra Virgin coconut oil from GNC, Emerald labs did the trick. I had several days of pure hell from upset stomach, loose bowels stomach pain and so on. This eventually subsided and the benefits have been nothing short of miraculous. I wish I had known of this product earlier, it would have saved me a ton of misery and saved me a boat load of cash.
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!!!
Calendula tea helped my newborn's thrush. I brewed it for four hours and then applied it with a q-tip and gave her a little in a spoon about 8 times a day. It had an immediate effect, and after a week, her thrush is nearly gone.
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.