What is oral thrush and what are the signs and symptoms?
A varied microbial flora is found in the normal oral cavity that consists of a few eukaryotic fungi (like the Candida albicans fungus) and bacteria.
Oral thrush occurs when the Candia Albicans fungus grows out of control lead to a special opportunity of weakness or let –down in the human defenses that lead to infection in the mouth (also known as oropharyngeal candidiasis).
The slight signs of oral thrush are the small white lesions appear on the inner cheeks, tongue, and tonsils. If it is not treated timely, it can spread to the gums then to mouth and throat.
The progressive signs may include redness, pain, and bleeding in the lesions, difficulty swallowing, and loss of appetite.
What are the causes and risks of oral thrush?
Everyone might have a chance of oral thrush whenever our immune system becomes weaker and cannot inhibit the multiplication of harmful bacteria and fungi.
But the higher risks are to:
People who wear dentures or smoking or those have the illness that causes dry mouth.
People who are taking antibiotics or corticosteroid.
People who are undergoing diseases like diabetes, cancer, HIV, AIDS, and leukemia
Pregnant women with a vaginal yeast infection can easily pass the infection to their baby during delivery.
The first way to prevent yourself from oral thrush is building strong immune system through proper sleep and rest, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and maintain appropriate oral hygiene, rinse out your mouth after using a corticosteroid inhaler, promptly treat a vaginal infection, especially if you’re pregnant.
Beside this, jump on these effective and quick home treatments for oral thrush!
1. Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar – “Finest natural treatment for oral thrush”. The anti-fungal capability of apple cider vinegar can fight against numerous kinds of candida fungal. In addition, it helps remain the balance of PH level so it also controls the fungal multiplication and enhances the body’s immune system. Without treating oral thrush, apple cider vinegar can remove skin tags or thicker eyebrows as well.
How to use:
Mix 2 teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of raw honey in a cup of warm water. Drink this liquid twice daily for a few weeks.
Salt is the best home remedy that quickly reduces all the symptoms and helps inhibits the development of the fungus. We should thank anti-inflammation and antiseptic components in salt.
How to Use:
Dilute ½ to 1 teaspoon (2.5 to 5 grams) of salt with a glass of warm water (250ml).
- Use this liquid for mouthwash by gargling thoroughly and it can be repeated many times a day until the symptoms are reduced.
- The second way is to gently apply a little salt on your mouth and rub it on the wounds then rinse it with lukewarm water, repeat it 2 times daily for a few days.
3. Probiotic products
Probiotic products like yogurt or drinking yogurt especially the plain or unsweetened one is helpful for oral thrush treatment cause of the lactobacilli species. It also helps your stomach to digest better.
How to Use:
Eat 2 to 3 cartons of yogurt per day for 2 to 3 weeks or until you are satisfied with the result.
Like salt, you can apply yogurt in your mouth and gently rub it with your fingers, keep it for 5-10 minutes then rinse your mouth with lukewarm water. Use this remedy 1-2 times daily for 1-2 weeks.
4. Coconut oil
The other one of the best home remedies that helps to destroy Candida Albicans. Coconut oil is popular in Asia countries nowadays.
How to Use:
Soak a cotton swab in coconut oil then apply it directly onto the bumps or lesions, repeat it twice daily for 2-3 weeks.
Every day after getting up, practice gargling with 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil in the mouth for 10-15 minutes then spit it out. Wash your mouth with warm water and begin the normal oral hygiene. Practice it daily to get the best oral health.
5. Essential Oil of Green Tea
The green tea is well known as the anti- fungal and anti- bacterial agent that quickly effective in treatment oral thrush. It is also used to prevent vaginal thrush.
How to Use:
Dilute some drops of green tea oil in 1 glass of warm water. Use this solution to gargle your mouth thoroughly for 5 minutes per time and many times daily. Do not ingest this liquid and you will see the results after a few weeks.
6. The natural antacid
The natural antacid or baking soda can restrict the multiplication of Candida albicans fungus, help maintain PH levels by neutralizing acids.
In 2009, The Brazilian Research published that the solution of 5% natural antacid is the most effective concentration to treat thrush in the mouth.
How to Use:
Mix 1-2 teaspoons of natural antacid with some water to form an adhesive mixture, then use a cotton swab apply this mixture directly to the oral wounds. Keep it at 5-10 minutes and gargle with lukewarm water. Practice this procedure 2-3 times daily for a week.
Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of natural antacid in a glass of warm water and use it to gargle your mouth twice a day. Repeat it until you feel comfortable.
Garlic – the world’s healthiest food. The anti-fungal effect and boosting immune system effect of the garlic are clearly known. In 2005, the study about garlic – the Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy journal announced promising result regarding the abilities to fight fungus through the fresh garlic.
How to Use:
- Chew 2-3 raw garlic cloves help to fight the infection. If can not take fresh garlic, garlic capsules or tablets are better choices for you.
- The second way is to apply garlic oil directly onto the wound 2-3 times daily for a few weeks.
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Guest Post By:
A senior editor of AuthorityRemedies that a website which is specialized in providing natural home remedies, tips and also nutrition facts to improve the well-beings. She is a nurse but keen to explore nutrition and fitness. In addition, she loves writing and doing research.
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