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Oral Thrush (Definition)

Oral thrush or oral candidiasis is a yeast infection of the mouth. White plaques are present on the inner side of cheeks of the mouth. The tongue may also have a white coat. Treatment is by antifungal liquid, tablets or troches. Thrush can occur when the normal flora of the mouth is disturbed such as during antibiotics, oral ...Read more


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I've been on strong antibiotics and now I have oral thrush. What are good over-the-counter or home remedies I can try?

I've been on strong antibiotics and now I have oral thrush. What are good over-the-counter or home remedies I can try?

Tips + Rx: If you have thrush you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water. Use a soft toothbrush on your teeth. Consider taking probiotics like lactobacillus acidophilus. You can also drink kefir or eat yogurts that have live probiotic cultures. Avoid eating excessive sugar. See your physician for prescription antifungal medication.

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Can oral thrush be treated with something from over-the-counter at the chemist?

Can oral thrush be treated with something from over-the-counter at the chemist?

Not as well.: There are some over-the-counter remedies, but no guarantee that they will work as well. You can try rinsing with a baking soda solution, salt water, cider vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. However these are not good options if you are treating a baby. Gentian violet is also another option, but is a bit messy. As with any meds, please discuss with your doctor.

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What is the treatment for oral thrush?

What is the treatment for oral thrush?

Nystatin: Nystatin is a prescription medication that, in liquid form, is the treatment of choice for oral thrush.

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Is scraping off the yeast/bacteria a possible treatment for oral thrush?

No: Thrush is not a bacterial infection. It is a fungal infection. Scraping it off will leave a raw bleeding surface which is one way to diagnose Candida Albicans from other white lesions. Scraping it off will not eliminate the infection. You need to take the appropriate medication.

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Which is the best treatment of oral thrush?

Which is the best treatment of oral thrush?

Nystatin oral rinse: This is an anti fungal and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician.

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I am on dose 2 of macrobid for UTI &making my oral thrush worse. I am waiting to see ID for thrush treatment but appt is 1 mth - do I stop macrobid?

I am on dose 2 of macrobid for UTI &making my oral thrush worse. I am waiting to see ID for thrush treatment but appt is 1 mth - do I stop macrobid?

Maybe: If your urinary tract symptoms are still present, then you need to continue the macrobid. However, macrobid rarely causes thrush. If you truly have thrush, there may be another cause. You should see your PCP or try to move your appointment up or see a different ID doctor.

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I took bacterial vaginosis treatment by mouth two weeks ago, but I got oral thrush from it, and I think my BV has come back after having sex?!

I took bacterial vaginosis treatment by mouth two weeks ago, but I got oral thrush from it, and I think my BV has come back after having sex?!

Recurrent BV: Recurrent BV is a common problem, and unfortunately the most effective treatments (usually metronidazole by mouth) can trigger yeast infections. BV isn't usually an STD in the usual sex, except in lesbian partners. Still, even with male partners, it's a good idea to either avoid sex or use condoms consistently (even with regular partners) for several weeks. For expert advice see an NHS GUM clinic.

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What kind of home treatments will cure oral thrush and how long will it take for it to be actually cured?

None: Thrush is treated with topical antifungals to the mouth. These are nystatin (mycostatin) liquid suspension-swish and swallow 4 times a day or Clotrimazole troches-dissolve one in mouth 4 times a day until the lesions are gone. For resistant cases fluconazole (diflucan) 100-200 mgs. Orally once a day for a few days will usually work. I know of no home remedies that work for thrush.

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After intense therapy 2000mg kefalexin to treat chronic cystitis for 3 months, oral thrush developed that no medicine is working for, and angular chielitis developed since February. Given fucidin, but if it's fungal will this make it worse?

After intense therapy 2000mg kefalexin to treat chronic cystitis for 3 months, oral thrush developed that no medicine is working for, and angular chielitis developed since February. Given fucidin, but if it's fungal will this make it worse?

Here are some...: Using broad-spectrum antibiotics always possibly comes with fungal infection somewhere; that is nothing uncommon. As to angular cheilitis, one has to consider sun overexposure, poor nutrition, allergies, medications, dehydration, diet, and certain systemic diseases. To help handle these, to articles in http://formefirst. Com/onUTI. Html & http://formefirst. Com/onLifeBasics. Html. More? Contact me.

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I have been on antibiotics for wisdom teeth surgery removal. I have a mild case of oral thrush and I am going to start swab treatments today. In a week, would it be okay for me to kiss my boyfriend? Would he be at risk of getting oral thrush from me?

I have been on antibiotics for wisdom teeth surgery removal. I have a mild case of oral thrush and I am going to start swab treatments today. In a week, would it be okay for me to kiss my boyfriend? Would he be at risk of getting oral thrush from me?

It is ok in a week: Thrush generally occurs when the normal bacterial flora in your mouth is changed due to taking antibiotics or when your immune system isn't working correctly. If your boyfriend has a normal immune system and you use the swabs for a week, he should be fine. Also, it is probably not a good idea to french kiss if your surgery is recent.

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Is there OTC treatment for thrush?

Is there OTC treatment for thrush?

There are some: Rinse with 1 tbsp of organic apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of warm water. Also rinsing with a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide can help. Mixing 1/2 tsp of salt in 1 cup of warm water is an alternative as is a solution of baking soda. Acidophilus capsules can help restore the normal bacterial flora in your body. The best treatment, however, are the prescription meds that directly kill candida.

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What is your opinion thoughts on mild thrush in a 5 month old baby and requested treatment. Has had the oral meds. Keeps returning not bad but there?

What is your opinion thoughts on mild thrush in a 5 month old baby and requested treatment. Has had the oral meds. Keeps returning not bad but there?

? steroid inhaler: I wonder if your infant is taking inhalation form of steroid. If not, trial of Fluconazole instead of Nystatin would do a trick. In case thrush persists even after fluconazole, work-up to rule out immunodeficiency should be sought.

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