Causes of Yeast Infection
Oral thrush or yeast infection of the mouth is usuallycaused by a fungus known as Candida. Common patients are people with weakenedimmune system, babies and elderly. Everyone has a small amount of yeast in themouth, on the skin and in the digestive tract. Good bacteria and microorganismsmaintain the balance and present yeast can’t do any harm. However, weakenedimmune system can cause imbalance and lead to yeast overgrowth and yeast infection.
Beside weakened immunity, stress, malnutrition anduncontrolled diabetes are also possible explanations for the development ofyeast infection in the mouth. Several medications are also associated with disturbanceof natural balance in the mouth. Antibiotics, corticosteroid drugs and birthcontrol pills are among the medications blamed for oral thrush as well. Dry mouth,improperly fitted dentures, smoking or even pregnancy could also lead to yeast infectionsof the mouth. More serious cases of yeast infection in the mouth include cancerand HIV infection, since many of these patients are found to suffer fromcandidiasis.
Treating Oral Thrush
Antifungal drugs are usually sold over the counter and usedfor different yeast infections. For yeast infections in the mouth, there are antifungalpastilles, which should be sucked and then held in the mouth. These drugs areable to provoke local reaction and cure yeast infection. If the problem is moreserious, your doctor may prescribe antifungal tablets or injections. These medicationsusually have systemic action so they are used to treat yeast infection thataffected the whole body.
Some people advise using probiotics to cure yeast infection inthe mouth. These products will restore healthy balance in your mouth and bringback good bacteria, thus reliving and curing yeast infection. Always make sure to consult your doctor, soyou know which and how much of probiotics should you use.
Home remedies for oral thrush are raw garlic, water andvinegar. Some recommend eating a clove of garlic every day and keeping it inthe mouth for about 30 seconds. This remedy is said to cure yeast infection inmatter of days.
Avoid sugar and all products containing sugar if you want toget rid of the overgrown yeast in your mouth. Drink more water and ease thedetoxification of your body. At the same time, water will flush remains ofsugar from your mouth and yeast won’t be able to use these to grow further.
Apple cider vinegar, cold liquids, 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide,salt water and even gentian violet are also used as home remedies for yeast infections.