Thrush is another name for yeast infection in the mouth, a condition that can cause itchy, even painful white spots inside the mouth. There are various remedies for thrush, and depending on your patience and budget, you can begin treatment right away.
Here are some tips for identifying remedies for thrush:
- Let some anti-fungal lozenge stay in your mouth. A medicated lozenge can stay in your mouth for an extended period time as it dissolves, letting the active ingredients get in contact with the affected areas. Buy several lozenges and suck on these for several days until the thrush decreases.
- Gargle anti-fungal mouthwash. Mouthwash can carry more potent medication for thrush. Make it a habit to gargle for five minutes at least twice a day. One form of mouthwash you can make at home is mixing one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Another formula calls for one tablespoon of vinegar with a cup of water. Finally, a blend of half a teaspoon of salt with a cup of lukewarm water is a recommended cure; you can also use four drops of tea tree oil. Always make a fresh batch everyday for maximum potency and remember to spit out after every gargle.
- Indulge in plain yogurt. Yogurt contains live, beneficial bacteria that combat fungi. Each plenty of yogurt throughout the day; this will expose the healthy bacteria directly to the spots as well as build them up in your digestive system. Avoid flavored, processed and fruit-enhanced yogurt that contains a load of preservatives. Yogurt with “lactobacillus acidophilus” is especially good for preventing yeast from overpopulating. A more severe method of boosting your “good” bacteria content is a pro-biotic supplement.
- Reduce your sugar intake. Yeast feeds off sugar, so starving them of their food source will diminish them. Use artificial sugar as a substitute or simply go sugarless. Stay away from sweet treats like pastry and candy until your thrush goes away completely.
- Consider pharmaceutical solutions. If natural remedies do nothing against your thrush, you can consult a physician. There is no over-the-counter anti-thrush medication so you need a doctor's prescription to obtain it. This is because such remedies have side effects like nausea and headaches and need to be controlled and monitored. Some anti-fungal substances are even toxic and can damage your liver and other organs. Some home remedies like Gentian violet can also be harmful and should be avoided as an anti-thrush treatment.
- Reduce the stress in your life. Stress can be a cause of thrush, as your body's natural defenses weaken and get overwhelmed with a fungal attack. Take time off from work, reduce your hours in the office and enjoy a hobby to distract you from daily worries.
Thrush is an annoying disease but with proper treatment, can be cured over time. Remember to avoid mouth contact with other people like kissing or breastfeed your infant during your thrush infection as they may contract the fungus from you.