Wednesday, July 04, 2018 by Ralph Flores
Thrush (also called oral thrush) is an infection caused by an overgrowth of a yeast called Candida albicans. For the most part, thrush is not serious and can be treated. Thrush is part of a condition called candidiasis, where it is called oropharyngeal candidiasis.
Thrush is only one area that Candida infects. In some cases, Candida overgrowth can lead to infections in other areas such as the esophagus and the vagina, for women.
Most people naturally have Candida on their gastrointestinal tract, and it is regulated by the immune system and “good” bacteria in the gut. In some cases, however, a weakened immune system (such as the case from chronic diseases or taking immunosuppressants) or one that is not yet fully developed (such as infants) can lead to a rapid growth of Candida and possibly infect the host. This happens in infants after being antibiotic treatment as it eliminates “good” bacteria present that prevent Candida overgrowth. It can also result from the use of steroids.
It is uncommon for thrush to appear in healthy adults. However, neonates (babies younger than one month) and certain groups of people are at higher risk of getting the condition, including:
Common symptoms of thrush include:
Healthy children and adults have no complications from thrush, but those with a compromised immune system such as those with HIV/AIDS are at risk for serious complications from candidiasis, as it may spread to other parts of the body.
There are many ways to treat thrush. Here are some recommended food items that you may use (or even gargle) to relieve symptoms.
Conventional treatments for thrush involve topical cream and other antifungal medication. If a baby has thrush, keeping cleaning nipples and pacifiers clean is essential to prevent further infection. However, some treatments to prevent infection involve having good oral hygiene, treating yeast infections immediately, and limiting the consumption of processed sugars.
Thrush is an infection caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans.
Thrush is usually not serious and can be treated.
It’s uncommon for thrush to appear in healthy adults. However, babies younger than one month and people with weakened immune systems are prone to infections.
Those with a compromised immune system are at risk for serious complications from candidiasis, as it may spread to other parts of the body.
Some treatments to prevent thrush involve having good oral hygiene, treating yeast infections immediately, and limiting the consumption of processed sugars.
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