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are there any over-the-counter medications for thrush?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes, but: Gentian violet is a purple dye that is available otc & occasionally used for oral thrush in infants. It is effective but messy & should be used in minimal amounts, painted on affected areas.It kills yeast by direct contact.Excess use has led to choking and respiratory distress. Older patients can swish it around in their mouth & spit out the excess.

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What can I do for recurring thrush

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
See your doc: If you've used the standard anti-fungal medicine, and used it just as prescribed, there are some other treatments that can be considered. (if you're breastfeeding, have you treated your nipples, too?) you should see your pediatrician, because there are some other things that might need to be looked into.
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How do I deal with thrush?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Antifungal Medicine: Thrush is a common yeast infection in the mouth of young children, especially if they have recently been on antibiotics. It appears as a thick white exudate on the inside of the lips and cheeks, and sometimes on the back of the throat. Treatments include nystatin, Fluconazole and sometimes gentian violet.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who gets thrush?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Anyone can: Thrush is present in young babies to the very oldest adults. This is a yeast infection of the lining of the oral cavity. It can happen for no apparent reason or be brought on by medications/drugs, illness and those with poor immunity. Antibiotics often precipitate this as do certain cancers and medications. Usually treated with oral troches, liquids, or orally swallowed pills and some topicals.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How worried should I be if I have thrush?

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Dr. Asa Marokus
Psychiatry 14 years experience
Depends: If you are immunocompromised, e.g., have HIV or other diseases, or are pregnant, then this can be a bigger deal. See your doctor.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who is at risk for oral thrush?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Immunosuppressed: Small infants may get thrush, and people on prolonged antibiotics. Thrush in adults is often a sign that the immune system isn't working well, such as in people on chemotherapy or with aids.

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