Thrush is a yeast infection that can be seen usually in the mouth, throat and tongue. The substitute name for thrush is Candidiasis. All people have a common denominator of the so called candida. It is a form of fungus that lives in the mouth of a human. Our immune system is responsible for limiting the production of candida in our mouth. But if our immune system is weak the fungus can grow that will lead to sores in our mouth and on our tongue. There are also some cases that this fungus can also grow in the male and female genitals known as the Candida albicans. Being poor in health, having an HIV or AIDS, being so young and old, taking steroids and chemotherapy can increase the production of the fungus and the more chances that you can acquire thrush.
Thrush can be medicated through swallowing or directly applying a prescribed medicine on the affected area. Thrush treatments vary depending on the severity of the infection. If a person has a mild thrush, it can be treated at home using an antifungal mouth rinse. Eating yogurt can help too and taking acidophilus capsule. Another way is to rinse the infected person’s mouth with a diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide solution several times a day. It usually last for about 2 weeks or 14 days. There is also a case where in the fungi have reached the esophagus. Our thrush treatment here is to take prescribed antifungal medicines and mouth wash such as lozenges, nystatin for about 5-10 days. And if in case the thrush became severe and even spread to the entire body, one can use fluconazole (Diflucan) or ketoconazole (Nizoral). Another effective prophylaxis for oral rinse is Chlorhexidine gluconate.
It is important to treat infections immediately to prevent the growth of microorganisms of an affected area because its growth can make the condition of the person worse or else thrush can keep on coming back.