When you have white spots on your tongue, cheeks, and cotton mouth, you want them to go away as soon as possible. These symptoms are possible signs of oral thrush (also called oral candidiasis), which is typically not a serious problem but can be uncomfortable. Your symptoms are caused by a yeast overgrowth called candida. It is natural for Candida albicans to cause yeast infections in the mouth.
Oral thrush occurs when the oral microbiome is upset, causing an overgrowth of the candida fungus. Prescription antifungal medications are the most common treatment for oral thrush. A thrush infection may, however, be treated with natural remedies.
This article will explain the science and symptoms of oral thrush and when you should see a doctor if you have symptoms of oral thrush.
Oral thrush can be treated with several items you probably already have at home or can easily purchase. Although "natural," at-home remedies for yeast infections can still cause side effects.
Consult your healthcare provider before trying home remedies unless you have underlying health conditions contributing to your candida infection.
A probiotic is a type of bacteria that has health benefits when consumed. Oral thrush can be treated with this good bacteria to prevent candida Albicans from overgrowing in your mouth. According to some studies, probiotic supplements may protect against oral thrush, particularly among denture wearers.
Lactobacillus-based supplements may be the most beneficial.
Natural antifungal properties are found in apple cider vinegar, essentially fermented apple juice. Cell studies have also shown that vinegar may inhibit the growth of candida. However, oral thrush cannot be prevented or treated with apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is acidic and can damage the enamel of your teeth, so be sure to dilute it before using it as a home remedy. A teaspoon or a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water is recommended as a daily mouthwash.
Some believe that an at-home saltwater rinse can soothe oral thrush symptoms and other oral health problems since salt (a.k.a. sodium chloride) is an antifungal. Even though it's not harmful to try this, there hasn't been any research.
Could you sprout out the saltwater after rinsing instead of swallowing it after mixing 1/2 teaspoon salt in 1 cup of warm water?
The best way to prevent or treat oral thrush is to take good care of your teeth and gums.
Here are the steps to follow:
Although baking soda is a common home remedy for oral thrush, its effectiveness has yet to be well studied. In one study, we used baking soda saline rinse after reconstructive surgery prevented oral thrush. Therefore, swishing baking soda and water won't harm you, but it won't treat oral thrush either.
In the 19th century, Gentian violet was used as an antiseptic dye to fight bacteria, fungi, and parasites. It is effective against Candida Albicans studies. Most drugstores carry Gentian violet, an over-the-counter remedy.
Find a solution that is 1%.
Gently dab a bit on the white spots in your mouth. I am using a cotton swab or cotton ball.
Staying your mouth and clothes with Gentian violet is easy due to its dye nature. I would also encourage you to avoid swallowing the solution.
Oral thrush may be treated with some essential oils.
At least some of them seem to be beneficial, including:
Studies have shown that coconut oil inhibits candida growth due to its caprylic and lauric acids. According to one study, coconut oil may be just as effective as fluconazole in treating oral thrush. Fighting oral fungus may be easier with the practice of oil pulling. Spit out a tablespoon of raw, virgin coconut oil after you swish it around in your mouth while it melts. It is best to swish for at least 20 minutes to get the most benefit. It is also helpful to spend 5-10 minutes on it.
Since yoghurt contains probiotics that prevent fungi overgrowth, it may be a proper at-home remedy for oral thrush. A small study found that elderly adults consumed probiotic yoghurt or regular cheese. Oral thrush incidence was reduced by 32 per cent in those who ate yoghurt. You should choose plain yoghurt with no added sugar or low in sugar if you try yoghurt for oral thrush.
You may experience worse symptoms if you consume too much sugar.
Lemon juice is considered a natural antifungal. The effects of gentian violet, lemon juice, and lemon grass on candida have only been studied in one study: HIV-infected individuals with oral thrush took these treatments for 11 days. It appeared that lemon juice helped treat the infection. Try sipping water with half a lemon squeezed into it if you want to try this. Lemon juice and water can also be used as a mouthwash.
Applying lemon juice directly to your oral thrush lesions may not be helpful since acidity can increase irritation.
Most people have candida Albicans in their mouths, which usually does not cause any problems.
When the fungus overgrows, it can cause bothersome symptoms such as:
Oral thrush usually disappears within 1-2 weeks. Sometimes, you should see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.
If you feel unwell, see your doctor.
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