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Why do steroid inhalers cause thrush and infections of my mouth?

Why do steroid inhalers cause thrush and infections of my mouth?

They affect immunity: Corticosteroids in inhalers have been very helpful in reducing asthma flares. However, they can cause side effects, including thrush, a local yeast infection in the mouth and throat. This is because the anti-inflammatory effect of the steroid also reduces the immune response against microbes, including viruses, bacteria, & fungi. Rinsing your mouth after using these inhalers helps reduce thrush. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Doctor diag me with a sinus infection presc zpak, also white spots at back of tongue and one on tonsil I take steroids for adrnl could white be thrush?

Very likely: The combination of antibiotics and steroids commonly leads to oral yeast infections. These are usually whitish patches that have a curd like consistency and wipe off leaving a raw or bleeding base. These respond to Diflucan (fluconazole) or mycelex. I have found Nystatin to be of little benefit. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Can steroid asthma inhaler still cause oral thrush when using a spacer?

Can steroid asthma inhaler still cause oral thrush when using a spacer?

Yes: Although a spacer may reduce the deposition of steroid on the throat, it does not eliminate it thus leading to thrush. Try gargling with water or a mouthwash after each use to see if this helps. ...Read more

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First time ever with oral thrush, I use asthma steroid inhalers clencil modulite. Most likely cause? I recently started using the inhaler.

First time ever with oral thrush, I use asthma steroid inhalers clencil modulite. Most likely cause? I recently started using the inhaler.

Thrush: Steroid inhalers can cause thrush. Try to rinse your mouth and throat after inhaler use may help. See your primary care doctor for treatment of oral thrush if problem persists., . ...Read more

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Could oral thrush or fungal infection in mouth cause bad breath?

Could oral thrush or fungal infection in mouth cause bad breath?

YES...,: It hurts, gives an uneasy sensation in the mouth. Treatment is simple. There are many other causes of bad breath, e.g. Poor oral hygiene, less fluid intake, sinusitis, strep/viral pharyngitis, tonsillitis, unhealthy gums, gingivitis, dental caries/cavities, crowded teeth, stomach infection (h. Pylori), etc. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between oral thrush and geographic tongue? Can both be caused by yeast infection?

How can you tell the difference between oral thrush and geographic tongue? Can both be caused by yeast infection?

Thrush vs Geographic: Thrush-creamy white coating; fungal (candidia a.) due to imbalance of organisms\immune system issues; can be brushed off to some extent; worsens with time; requires treatment!

geographic tongue- random and varied bald spots, changes over time in size and location; unknown etiology; benign and does not require treatment.

See your dentist for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What's a good natural way to get rid of oral thrush from steroid inhaler. I've so far got organic extra virgin coconut oil and live yoghurt.

FEW CHOICES: 1add 2 tbsp of pau d/arcotea ti 1 quart of boiling water. Drink 6 cups of tea each day
2take 400to5000micrograms of allicin -equivalent of one clove of garlic-supplement each day
3add couple of drpops of cinnamon oil to1tsp of coconut oil and allow to dissolve in your mouth. Make aouth gargle with a few drops of cinnamonin few drops of water, swish for 1 minute and spit
4promegrata gel locally. ...Read more

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Got oral thrush from steroid inhalers. Will it go into my lungs? I don't have HIV or immuneo viruses etc.

No: It won't go into your lungs. Rinsing your mouth out after using the inhalers can help prevent thrush. ...Read more

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When I use a steroid inhaler I always get very bad thrush it does not matter how well I rinse. Is there any to prevent this?

When I use a steroid inhaler I always get very bad thrush it does not matter how well I rinse. Is there any to prevent this?

Generally, Yes: You need to let your physcian or dentist know about this. They can prescribe either a mouth rinse or pills that can help prevent or reduce the symptoms of thrush. Thrush is known as candidiasis and is caused by an organism that we all have in our intestinal tract to aid in digestion. Many medications can cause Candida Albicans to get out of balance and the medications help set things right. ...Read more

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I've been on a steroid for a allergic reaction. When taking these, my immune system is low and my mouth is starting to get thrush and I cant swallow.

I've been on a steroid for a allergic reaction. When taking these, my immune system is low and my mouth is starting to get thrush and I cant swallow.

Call for antifungal: Your doctor should be able to Rx you a oral solution or tablet for the thrush. It is not likely from an impaired immune system (unless you have been on very high doses for months) but from the steroid increasing the sugar content at the throat area. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for frequent mouth infections like thrush?

What is the best treatment for frequent mouth infections like thrush?

Stay Healthy!: Depends on the cause. Keep your mouth clean. Brush! Dentures? Keep them clean. Dry mouth? Hydrate. Supressed or comprimised immune system? Tell your doctor. ...Read more

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Does the chances of a guy getting mouth thrush after giving oral sex to a girl with a yeast infection increase if the guy regularly smokes?

Does the chances of a guy getting mouth thrush after giving oral sex to a girl with a yeast infection increase if the guy regularly smokes?

Yes: Yes, Oral Thrush/yeast infection can be transmitted by oral sex. The risk increases in smokers. The best option is to treat vaginal yeast infections early...as soon as they are suspected and diagnosed. ...Read more

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Sulfa drug for bladder infection. Then oral thrush with nystatin. White patches gone but mouth /tongue still burning feeling. How long until better?

Sulfa drug for bladder infection. Then oral thrush with nystatin. White patches gone but mouth /tongue still burning feeling. How long until better?

7-10 days?: It depends on several factors. Are you still using the nystatin? Are you using a steroid inhaler? Are you done with the antibiotic? If you are not using a steroid and you are done with the antibiotic then you should get better quicker. ...Read more

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Hoarseness & uncomfortable swollen throat feeling and coated tongue roof of mouth feeling hairy. Could this be thrush from my inhaler? Ent saw nothing

Hoarseness & uncomfortable swollen throat feeling and coated tongue roof of mouth feeling hairy. Could this be thrush from my inhaler? Ent saw nothing

Inhaler technique: Thrush is always a concern when using asthma inhalers. Make sure you are washing your mouth out after each use and review inhaler technique with your doctor at your next follow-up appointment. Sometimes adding a spacer to your device can assist. If an ENT evaluated your mouth then likely not thrush. Inhaled steroids can cause sore throat as a side effect. Address with prescribing provider. ...Read more

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I'm 39 + mom of 3 Had chest infection for 3 mths. I've done 3 rounds of ab, steroids + inhaler. Norm chest xray. Pain in chest + shoulder blades. No temp?

I'm 39 + mom of 3 Had chest infection for 3 mths. I've done 3 rounds of ab, steroids + inhaler. Norm chest xray. Pain in chest + shoulder blades. No temp?

Need a pulmoologist: Intractable infections are likely either atypical as mycobacteriae or fungi or non infectious processes but if normal film get pulmonary function studies & physical to see othercauses ...Read more

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Using steroid inhaler for 3 months and have really sore mouth, started as white marks at corners of my lips and tongue but its now red spot like patchs?

Maybe Thrush?: Using a steriod inhaler can cause the problems that you describe. It is important to rinse your mouth well after you use the inhaler so any residue doesn't stay there. An examination by a doctor can help to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is white tongue always oral thrush? Asthma, otherwise healthy. No oral steroids. Albuterol only. Use 4/ day. No ins. Cant get controller meds.

No: White tongue is not always oral thrush. If your tongue does not hurt or bleed when the white coating is scraped away with something blunt like a tongue depressor it is not likely to be thrush. I suggest brushing your tongue with a toothbrush and rinsing with a good quality mouthwash and seeing if that helps. It may be just bacterial overgrowth. You could also take a probiotic. ...Read more

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Is thrush or pale tongue an early sign (in the first month after infection) of HIV or syphilis?

Is thrush or pale tongue an early sign (in the first month after infection) of HIV or syphilis?

No.: Those are not typical early symptoms. But if you have had risky sex, you need to make sure you don't have either one, or other std's, too. Don't wait for symptoms, often there may be none until the infection is advanced. Practice safe sex from now on! ...Read more

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My tongue is pierced and it appears that I have oral thrush on my tongue yellowish after taking antibiotics will I get sick or another infection?

Thrush: Thrush is usually white cotton ball type 'lesions' that wipe off and can appear red at the edges. People with pierced tongues often get a yellow discharge/infection from not keeping them clean enough. Please have your tongue checked by your dentist or oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Have headaches. 2 mths ago got CDiff and thrush/ yeast infection. Had flaygl 10 days stopped for side effects. Went on vanco. Off now. Still head pain?

Have headaches. 2 mths ago got CDiff and thrush/ yeast infection. Had flaygl 10 days stopped for side effects. Went on vanco. Off now. Still head pain?

See below: May be totally different medical issue. Headaches can have many causes. First need a good history. Do you have any head trauma do you fave trouble seeing after bouts of diahrea you can be left dehydrated. So you need to have this evaluated. You bay need blood work done for say anemia which can cause headaches. Check you blood sugar. Bottom line is you need a thorough evaluation to find the cause h ...Read more

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Are vaginal yeast infections and circular bumps on my tongue signs of thrush?

Are vaginal yeast infections and circular bumps on my tongue signs of thrush?

Thrush: That may not necessarily be a sign of thrush but you should certainly see your doctor to be sure and get it treated. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth extraction, infection in gum. Dentist prescribed 10days of metronidazole500mg. Finished yesterday. Tongue is white. Concerned for thrush?

Wisdom tooth extraction, infection in gum. Dentist prescribed 10days of metronidazole500mg. Finished yesterday. Tongue is white. Concerned for thrush?

It is posible.: Metronidazole is a bactericidal anti-microbial used primarily to treat anaerobic infections and should not be used as a single agent against mix infections like would occur in the oral cavity. It is ineffective against yeast infections (thrush). Any antimicrobial agent can induce thrush by disrupting the normal microbial balance. Therefore you should have it evaluated by your dentist. ...Read more

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My boy 5mths15days old refusing both breast and bottle from past 1 month but drinking from cup. No thrush, ear infections. Teeth is coming. Need help?

My boy 5mths15days old refusing both breast and bottle from past 1 month but drinking from cup. No thrush, ear infections. Teeth is coming. Need help?

No problem: If pt is actually getting 16-24 oz of milk then there is no problem. Introduce the sippy cup, he might do well with it. You should be happy he is coming off the bottle now. The key is drinking 16-24 oz of milk, can eat solids to get the rest of the nutrition/calories ...Read more

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On remicade & advair. Can oral thrush (canidida) get into lungs from an infection on tongue & throat? Have unexplained high fever also now levaquin (levofloxacin)

Yeast infection: Yeast infection can be systemic. If you are concerned about lung infection, you should visit your md who can determine if further tx needed or to refer to specialist. ...Read more

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Had MRI for R side head pain x3 wks. Results no masses. Have sigmoid sinus disease. Steroids & cefdinir. No sx of sinus infection. Is this possible?

Had MRI for R side head pain x3 wks. Results no masses. Have sigmoid sinus disease. Steroids & cefdinir. No sx of sinus infection. Is this possible?

? Sphenoid: It may be your sphenoid sinus? It is possible it may be long standing and not related to your headaches. Be assessed after your treatment and follow up from there. All the best. ...Read more

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My daughter had been in excruciating pain for 2 days. The urgent care dr said it was a bad sinus infection. The pain is in her head and ears. She is taking percoset for the pain, nasal spray with a steroid and antibiotcs. The persoset does not take any of

My daughter had been in excruciating pain for 2 days. The urgent care dr said it was a bad sinus infection. The pain is in her head and ears. She is taking percoset for the pain, nasal spray with a steroid and antibiotcs. The persoset does not take any of

If: If her pain is persisting even with pain medication, then she needs to go back to her primary for a follow up and a change in medication. By the date of this post almost a week has passed, so hopefully she is better by now, so for you and anyone reading this post no one should ever have to deal with excrutiating pain, especially because it can mean something more serious is going on. Always seek medical help in situations like this. ...Read more

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Why do steroid cause thrush?

Immunosuppressive: Thrush occurs when a fungus called candida overgrows in your mouth. A small amount of this fungus lives in your mouth most of the time. It is usually kept in check by your immune system and other germs that also normally live in your mouth. However, when your immune system is weak or when the other normal bacteria die, the fungus can overgrow. Steroids can compromise your immune system function. ...Read more

Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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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


Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more