Oral Candida Infection
Oral Candida infection is most commonly known as thrush or oral thrush. Still, the term “oral thrush” is often used to mean infections in infants while those that occur in adults are called as “moniliasis” or “candidosis”. This condition is caused by yeast, most commonly Candida albicans. However, there are also cases wherein the patient is infected with Candida tropicalis or Candida glabrata, not Candida albicans.
No matter what strain of yeast had infected the patient, the symptoms it will cause will often be similar to the other strains. Also, it is possible that the yeast may already be present in the mouth but will only develop an infection when the conditions are just right. Thus, there are many cases wherein it is quite difficult to pinpoint when and from whom or where did the patient contract the yeast.
In babies, it is easier to know the source of the infection: the mother. This may be through contact with either the infected vagina or the breast. Also, it is important to understand that the yeast can be passed on to the breast then to the mouth of the baby, and vice versa.
Oral Candida Infection Symptoms
The following are the symptoms that a patient with oral thrush or candidosis will experience:
- Deposits of white or cream colored material on top of the tongue, gums, palate, tonsils, and/or inner cheeks.
- The most common cases affect the tongue so that the patient may have problems with his or her sense of taste.
- The patient may also experience cracking of the corners of the mouth.
- Other symptoms include:
- Cottony feeling in the mouth.
- Painful lesions
- Bleeding of the lesions.
These symptoms can develop all of a sudden, without any warning. Also, the symptoms can persist as long as the growth of the yeast is not controlled and the yeast eliminated.
Oral Candida Infection Home Remedies
Physicians will prescribe the patient with antifungal medications, topical or oral, to control and arrest the growth of yeast. Possible home remedies will include:
- Keeping the patient’s immune system healthy. This means that the patient will have to take plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet with lots of vitamins.
- It is best to stay away from sweet food items and even fruits as these have a high sugar content.
- Acidic foods are preferred.