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

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Internal Medicine - Allergy
9 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alex Martinez
Dr. Alex Martinez
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Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Thrush=Candida

Inhale steroids cause compromised cellular immune deficiency.
With inhaled steroids and thrush , this is a localized deficiency which promotes fungal growth, specifically candida. It can be prevented by using an aerochamber and treated with swish/swallow topical antifungal agents.

In brief: Thrush=Candida

Inhale steroids cause compromised cellular immune deficiency.
With inhaled steroids and thrush , this is a localized deficiency which promotes fungal growth, specifically candida. It can be prevented by using an aerochamber and treated with swish/swallow topical antifungal agents.
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Dr. Maziar Rezvani
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