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Thursh in Babies: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
While it’s normal for infants to have white-coated tongues after feeding, how do we know for sure if these white bumps aren’t in fact oral thrush in babies? Here, we’ll show you how to spot thrush in babies, how to treat it naturally, and how to prevent it from recurring.
What Is Thrush in Babies?
Thrush, or oral candidiasis, is an accumulation of the fungus candida albicans in the mouth that causes white lesions, or sores, that look more like cottage cheese than the normal milky whiteness associated with babies’ milk tongue from breastmilk or formula.
This fungus is normally present in everyone’s mouth, but thrush in babies occurs more frequently in infants because of their weak immune systems.
Breastfeeding moms are at risk to get thrush too, since the infection can pass to mom’s breast (and oppositely, mom can pass it back to baby) and cause serious discomfort and pain.
Baby Thrush Symptoms
The key to identifying thrush in babies is by simply examining your baby’s mouth, cheeks, and tongue very carefully. And watch your baby’s eating habits closely.
Here’s what to look for:
- White lesions on child’s tongue and cheeks. These can be raised spots, a super thick coating, or overall tissue irritation
- Loss of appetite in baby
- Discomfort in baby while nursing
The lesions in baby’s mouth can cause pain and loss of taste, so it’s understandable that baby may be fussy.
Thrush symptoms in breastfeeding moms
When thrush is passed to a nursing a mom, you might find that:
- Your nipples are unusually red, cracked, sensitive, or itchy
- You experience pain while nursing
- Your nipples feel sore between feedings
While all breastfeeding moms know nursing can be painful at times, pain from thrush is more intense, deeper than usual, and does not go away when your baby is done feeding. (source) Be sure to try this DIY nipple cream that greatly reduces nipple pain.
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What Causes Thrush in Babies?
The fungus or yeast that causes thrush is naturally occurring and prevalent in most people’s bodies. Thrush happens to many new moms and babies, though one study found it occurred less in homes where there was a furry pet, like a cat or dog. The good news, though: It is a common occurrence (especially in breastfed babies due to the warm moist area yeast likes) and is treatable.
Our bodies, and our babies’ bodies, have a natural balance of microorganisms that keep us healthy. Bacteria sounds like a bad word, but there’s good bacteria and bad bacteria and antibiotics don’t discriminate. So, when mom or baby has to go on antibiotics, this disrupts the natural flora balance and makes us more susceptible to thrush. Luckily, there are so many wonderful ways to restore our balance, which we will talk about in the prevention section below. (source)
Weakened immune system
If neither you nor baby have been on antibiotics, there are other things that can weaken your immune system, such as illness, a poor diet, being exposed to harsh chemicals or just not getting enough sleep (very common with a newborn!). Check out this post for natural ways to boost your immune system.
Natural Thrush Treatments
If you go to your pediatrician, they will usually prescribe oral nystatin or fluconazole for you and baby. These are antifungal options that have been proven effective. But if you want to try to avoid these if possible, these are some excellent natural options. (Just be sure to get your doctor or pediatrician’s approval before using these natural remedies for thrush.)
1. Probiotics found in yogurt and breastmilk
If your baby is too young for yogurt there are safe probiotics for babies that you can look into. My doula recommended rubbing a serving of acidophilus powder on my nipple while breastfeeding, as this benefits both you and baby and your infected areas. You can make this DIY nipple cream that will give baby probiotics but also reduce your nipple pain dramatically.
2. Reducing sugar intake
If you are a nursing mom, reducing your sugar intake is essential, as a sugary diet can make symptoms worse (another reason why some moms and midwives are not fans of nystatin, which can contain sugar in order to make it palatable for infants, but it’s effectiveness is reduced in the process). (source) Focus on organic protein like eggs, chicken, beef, bison, turkey, wild caught fish and whole cultured dairy products. Add in tons of cooked organic vegetables in the form of soups, stews, or purees. Raw salads topped with homemade salad dressing with raw garlic are also excellent. Include small amounts of gluten-free grains like oats, millet and quinoa and plenty of healthy fats like butter, olive oil, avocado, and seeds. Keep fruit to only 1 serving per day of either green apple or grapefruit to keep sugars low. Check out these nourishing meals for a new mama for inspiration.
3. Grapefruit seed extract
Grapefruit seed extract mixed with distilled water is another way to combat the yeast causing thrush. (source) Grapefruit seed extract is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial compound made from the seeds and pulp of grapefruit. The recommended dosage is 10 drops of GSE (where to buy) mixed with one ounce of water, which is swabbed on mom’s sore nipples and baby’s tender mouth before nursing, just like the recommendation with probiotics.
4. Calendula extract
Pure calendula extract (where to buy) can be used to help eliminate thrush. Calendula extract can be used an alternative to gentian violet (which we’ll cover in the next section). Studies show that this herbal extract can inhibit yeast growth. (source) Mamas can paint the extract on their nipples, but it’s also possible to paint the extract on your baby’s tongue too.
Tip: Always check with your pediatrician before administering any extracts or herbal preparations to your baby.
5. Take a peek at mama’s diet
In addition to reducing sugar intake, mama can infuse her diet with plenty of anti-fungal and anti-bacterial foods. This includes:
What About Gentian Violet?
Gentian violet is another popular natural remedy for thrush. In fact, when I was pregnant with Griffin, this was the go-to remedy, but should you use it?
It is an antiseptic dye used to treat a myriad of fungal infections. Despite the popularity of gentian violet, we can’t recommend this as a natural treatment for thrush for a few reasons.
The first concern that makes this remedy unpopular is the possible side-effect of increased swelling or soreness and the fact that it does turn your skin purple. Mamas who used gentian violent are quick to note purple nipples and a baby who looks like they rubbed their face in blackberries for a few days. (source) Purple staining is a nuisance, but that’s not the only issue with gentian violet.
Another (and more serious) problem with gentian violent is the potential carcinogen factor. Health Canada has issued warnings about gentian violent (source), and New Zealand dermatologists warn of potential for necrotic tissue. (source) Yikes!
For these reasons, it’s best to take a pass on gentian violet.
Preventing Baby Thrush
So, now that we know some ways to treat thrush in babies, what can we do to prevent it from happening in the first place? It’s all about supporting a natural flora balance in you and baby.
Some simple ways to do this include:
- Consider adding a good probiotic to your daily supplements. Just Thrive, BioKult and Prescript Assist are some of my favorites. (This is especially important if you or your baby ever have to take antibiotics.)
- Eliminate junk food, sugar and soda from your diet
- Keep your natural sugar intake low (even fruit). No more than 2-3 servings a day.
- Include antibacterial and antifungal foods regularly in your diet such as: garlic, herbs like thyme and oregano, raw coconut oil and butter, black cumin seed oil (where to buy), raw pumpkin seeds, etc.
How About You?
Did you or your baby have thrush? If you have any thrush remedies that worked for you, let us know in the comments below!
Is this your child’s symptom?
- A yeast infection of the mouth in young babies
- White patches in the front of the mouth
Symptoms of Thrush
- White, odd shaped patches in the mouth
- Coats the inner cheeks or inner lips
- Sometimes also coats the tongue
- Sticks to the mouth. It can’t be washed away or wiped off easily like milk curds.
- Sometimes causes a painful mouth, decreased sucking and reduced milk intake
- Mild discomfort or no symptoms in most newborns
- The infant is bottle-fed or breast-fed
Cause of Thrush
- Caused by a yeast (called Candida)
- Occurs on parts of the mouth involved with sucking
- Made worse by friction from too much time sucking on a pacifier
White Tongue Alone: Not Thrush
- If a white tongue is the only finding, it’s not due to thrush.
- A milk diet often causes a white coated tongue.
- This is normal.
- It will go away after your baby starts eating solid foods.
- If white patches occur inside the lips or cheeks, call your child’s doctor. It’s safe to call during office hours.
When to Call for Thrush
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- Dehydration suspected. No urine in more than 8 hours, dark urine, very dry mouth and no tears.
- Age less than 1 month old and looks or acts abnormal in any way
- Your child looks or acts very sick
- You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent
Contact Doctor Within 24 Hours
- Fever occurs
- Bleeding in the mouth
- Drinking less than normal
- You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent
Contact Doctor During Office Hours
- Thrush, but none of the symptoms above. Reason: may need a prescription medicine to treat it.
- You have other questions or concerns
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Care Advice for Thrush
- What You Should Know About Thrush:
- Thrush is common during the early months of life.
- It’s caused by a yeast infection in the mouth. Most often, it’s due to prolonged sucking.
- Thrush causes only mild discomfort. It’s easy to treat at home.
- Here is some care advice that should help until you call your doctor.
- Anti-Yeast Medicine (Prescription):
- Your doctor will probably prescribe an anti-yeast liquid medicine. Use it as follows:
- Age Under 1 Month: Use 1 mL.
- Age Over 1 Month: Use 2 mLs.
- Place in the front of the mouth on each side. Also, put it wherever you see the thrush. It doesn’t do any good once it’s swallowed.
- Do this 4 times per day.
- If the thrush isn’t getting better, rub the medicine directly on the thrush. Use a cotton swab to do this.
- Don’t feed your baby anything for 30 minutes after the medicine.
- Keep this up for at least 7 days. Also, continue it until all thrush has been gone for 3 days.
- Decrease Sucking Time to 20 Minutes per Feeding:
- Reason: Too much sucking can irritate the lining of the mouth. This makes it more prone to a yeast infection. A common example of this is when a baby sleeps with a bottle.
- For severe mouth pain with bottle feeding, don’t use a bottle. Reason: The nipple can make pain worse.
- Try giving fluids in a cup, spoon or syringe instead.
- Limit Pacifier Use:
- Too much sucking on a pacifier can irritate the mouth.
- Limit pacifier use to times when nothing else will calm your baby.
- If your infant is using an orthodontic pacifier, switch to a smaller, regular one. Reason: Bigger ones can cause more friction in the mouth.
- Special washing or boiling of pacifiers or bottle nipples is not needed or helpful.
- Special Washing of Pacifiers and Nipples – Not Helpful:
- Pacifiers and bottle nipples can be washed the usual way with soap and water.
- They do not need to be boiled or sterilized.
- They do not need to be thrown out.
- Yeast is a germ that is found in normal mouths.
- It only causes thrush if the lining of the mouth is irritated or damaged.
- Get better results by reducing nipple time and pacifier time.
- Note: Follow your doctor’s advice if it is different.
- Breastfeeding and Yeast Symptoms:
- If the mother’s nipples are red and sore, it’s probably a yeast infection.
- Use an anti-yeast cream (such as Lotrimin) on the nipple area.
- No prescription is needed.
- Put it on 4 times per day after feedings.
- Wash the cream off the nipples before each nursing. Avoid soap which dries out the skin.
- Many mothers will need treatment with an oral anti-yeast medicine (such as Diflucan). Call your PCP or OB within 24 hours for advice.
- Diaper Rash Treatment:
- If there’s a bad diaper rash, it can also be due to yeast.
- Use an anti-yeast cream (such as Lotrimin) on the diaper rash.
- No prescription is needed.
- Put it on 4 times per day.
- See Diaper Rash care guide.
- Return to Child Care:
- Thrush cannot be spread to others, since it does not invade normal skin.
- Your child can go to child care with thrush.
- What to Expect:
- With treatment, thrush usually clears up in 4 to 5 days.
- Without treatment, it clears up in 2-8 weeks.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Starts drinking less than normal
- You think your child needs to be seen
- Your child becomes worse
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the ‘Call Your Doctor’ symptoms.
Disclaimer: this health information is for educational purposes only. You, the reader, assume full responsibility for how you choose to use it.
Last Reviewed: 11/28/2021
Last Revised: 10/21/2021
Copyright 2000-2021. Schmitt Pediatric Guidelines LLC.
Thrush in Babies’ Mouth: Symptoms and Treatment
If your baby seems cranky or uncomfortable when feeding, take a look in her mouth. White patches on the tongue, or anywhere else in the mouth or throat, could mean that a common fungal infection called oral thrush has taken hold.
But what exactly is oral thrush? Read on to learn more about thrush and what might cause it in your baby, how to spot the symptoms, how to treat or prevent this kind of infection, and how oral thrush might affect you if you’re breastfeeding.
What Is Thrush?
Thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth that can affect anyone at any age, but it’s especially common in small babies, especially those younger than 6 months.
The fungus that causes thrush is a kind of yeast called candida that can live anywhere on the body, even in the mouth and digestive tract.
There’s a good chance that your baby has already come into contact with candida. For example, it can be transferred in saliva through hand-to-mouth contact, or your baby might have picked it up while in the birth canal if he was born vaginally.
When the fungus grows out of control in your baby’s mouth, it can develop into oral thrush, which can cause sore patches in or around your little one’s mouth. These may be uncomfortable or painful, especially when feeding.
Thrush may also be transferred from your baby’s mouth to your nipples if you breastfeed, which can cause you discomfort or pain, particularly when you’re nursing your baby.
What Causes Oral Thrush in Your Baby?
Most of the time, the presence of candida isn’t a problem, as it’s kept in check by your baby’s immune system and “good bacteria. ” But if your baby is still quite young, especially before 6 months of age, his immune system isn’t fully developed yet. This “weaker” immune system can result in an overgrowth of candida, causing oral thrush in your baby.
If your baby is being given antibiotics for an infection, this might also increase the risk of thrush because antibiotics — which are great at fighting bacterial infections — can also kill off some of those “good bacteria” at the same time. This means your baby’s natural defenses against the candida are down, and the fungus can grow out of hand.
Signs and Symptoms of Oral Thrush in Your Baby
If you suspect your baby has oral thrush, it’s important to see your healthcare provider to get a diagnosis and treatment. Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for:
Difficulties with feeding. One of the first signs you notice could be that your baby isn’t feeding as well as usual, or he seems to be finding it uncomfortable or painful.
White patches. These spots may look a little like cottage cheese, and can appear on your baby’s tongue, lips, gums, or the roof of his mouth. Try wiping them gently away — if they can’t be removed in this way, your little one might have oral thrush. Because these patches aren’t always obvious from the outside, it’s a good idea to check in your little one’s mouth from time to time.
Cracked skin at the corners of the mouth. This is another possible symptom of oral thrush in your baby.
Diaper rash. As the fungus is swallowed and passed out of your little one’s system, it can cause diaper rash around your baby’s bottom.
Telltale signs on your own body. If you’re breastfeeding and have itchy, cracked, or sore nipples, or intense shooting pains in the nipples or breasts, these symptoms could indicate that you have thrush. Thrush can be passed between your nipples and your baby’s mouth during breastfeeding. We cover how thrush can affect breastfeeding later on.
How to Treat Oral Thrush in Your Baby
If you notice any possible symptoms of thrush in your baby or yourself, check in with your healthcare provider to get a diagnosis. Your provider can explain your treatment options.
Thrush occasionally goes away by itself in a few weeks, but your healthcare provider may prescribe an antifungal treatment.
Over-the-Counter and Home Remedies for Thrush
Various over-the-counter treatments are available for thrush in your baby, but always check with your provider before using any of these.
Some moms believe that home remedies like rinsing nipples in a solution of vinegar and water or baking soda and water solution can help, as can cutting down on the amount of sugar, yeast, and dairy products in your diet.
These measures aren’t medically proven to work, and should only be used alongside any medication that’s prescribed by your healthcare provider, and not as a substitute for it. Always check with your provider before using any home remedies or over-the-counter medicines.
If the thrush doesn’t clear up in a few weeks with treatment, or if it keeps coming back — especially if your little one is over 9 months old — see your healthcare provider to investigate whether any other health issues are at play.
How to Prevent Oral Thrush in Your Baby
These are some of the steps you can take to help prevent your little one from developing oral thrush:
Wash your baby’s hands frequently, especially if your little one sucks her thumb or fingers. Wash your own hands often, too.
Regularly sterilize pacifiers, teething rings, the nipples of feeding bottles, and anything else that goes in your baby’s mouth.
Put any towels or clothing that may have been in contact with the yeast through a hot wash cycle (at least 122 degrees Fahrenheit).
If you use a breast pump, make sure all the parts that come into contact with your breasts or breast milk are sterilized after every use.
Store breast milk refrigerated until just before use to prevent the growth of yeast.
You may need to throw away any expressed breast milk that you have in storage, if there’s a chance that it’s been contaminated with the yeast.
Keep your breasts dry and free of potential sources of yeast by changing any disposable nursing pads frequently and wearing a clean bra every day.
Oral thrush in babies can be hard to get rid of, especially if you’re breastfeeding, partly because it is so contagious. It can spread from you to your little one and back again via your nipples, and even to and from other members of the family if you share bedding, cups, or utensils.
This is why it’s essential to ensure that both you and your baby (and anyone else who has it in your household) are treated at the same time.
It also helps to take all the preventive measures you can while treating an existing case of thrush.
How Thrush Can Affect You if You’re Breastfeeding
If you’re breastfeeding your baby, thrush can be a real pain — often literally — for you, as well as for your baby.
It’s important to get prompt treatment, so head to your healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment as soon as you can. Keep in mind that the symptoms may not clear up straight away.
In the meantime, experts advise that you keep on breastfeeding. Here are some ways you might be able to ease the discomfort and keep that breast milk flowing:
Try offering shorter, but more frequent feeds. Start with the least painful breast every time.
Rinse your nipples with clean water after every feed, and air-dry them before they go back in your bra.
If cracked nipples are making it too painful to breastfeed directly, consider expressing milk and offering it to your baby in a small cup.
An over-the-counter pain medication might help ease the pain a little. Ask your healthcare provider what’s safe to take while you’re breastfeeding.
Why It Might Not Be Thrush
Not all breast pain or nipple soreness is caused by thrush. If you experience sharp pains in your breast during or after feeds, and severe pains in the nipple, try changing your baby’s breastfeeding position or getting her to latch on again. This might be all that’s needed to help alleviate the pain you’re feeling.
If cold compresses or air-drying make your nipple or breast pain worse, the pains could be caused by a contraction of the blood vessels in and around your nipples.
Another cause of breast pain can be a bacterial infection called mastitis.
These conditions are commonly confused with thrush, so reach out to your healthcare provider, who will be able to find the underlying cause of your discomfort.
Having a new baby can be unpredictable sometimes. One minute you’re basking in that first toothless smile, the next you’re trying to wipe away a white patch from the inside of your little one’s mouth.
Oral thrush can be one of those challenges that parenthood throws up from time to time, but with treatment from your healthcare provider it’ll clear up in due course, and you and your baby will soon be back to enjoying peaceful bonding when nursing your little one.
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What is Oral Thrush in Babies and How to Prevent It?
Is your baby extra fussy these days – especially during feedings? If you’re nursing, have you also noticed your nipples are all of a sudden sore and red? Chances are you both may have a yeast infection known as oral thrush.
Ew, what?! Where? How?
Before you freak out, know that oral thrush is actually a very common and usually harmless breastfeeding problem. Here’s what you need to know to help you and your baby feel better, plus steps to prevent another occurrence.
What is Thrush?
Oral thrush is caused by a yeast-like fungus called Candida albicans. Candida can normally live in our mouth, intestines and genital areas without causing any problems, but sometimes it can grow quickly and become a pain for you and your baby.
“Babies are more at risk of getting and passing thrush to their mothers during breastfeeding,” said Shelbie Radom, RN, at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, CO. “Newborns can get a Candida infection from their mother during birth or may be at higher risk if they have serious health conditions or were born prematurely. It can also occur after mom or baby have taken antibiotics, which can reduce good bacteria in our bodies.”
Signs of Oral Thrush
If you take a peek inside your baby’s mouth and notice white patches on the tongue that don’t rub off or go away, this could be a tell-tale sign they have thrush. Thrush can also be painful, so you may also notice changes in their feeding habits. It’s not unusual for babies to become fussier while nursing, bottle-feeding or sucking on their pacifier or thumb.
“One sign is if your baby has been breastfeeding without difficulty and then suddenly begins to come on and off the breast crying as if in pain,” Radom said. “Another symptom can be an increased or worsening diaper rash that is angry red, painful and hard to treat.”
If you’re nursing, chances are you may also have a yeast infection too! It’s not uncommon for you and your baby to pass it back and forth from their mouth to your breast and back again. Symptoms of nipple thrush include burning or sore nipples. You may also experience shooting pains during or after feedings.
Treating Oral Thrush
Before you Google “home remedies for thrush,” Radom cautions against doing so until after consulting with your baby’s doctor or your lactation consultant.
“Old home remedies may work in mild cases or for very healthy mothers and babies, but thrush is difficult to treat and may require several weeks of treatment, so these remedies may compound the problem,” Radom said.
To prevent ongoing infection or reinfection, the key is for both you and your baby to get treated. If your baby’s doctor determines it is indeed thrush, they may prescribe an antifungal medication, which is applied topically to the insides of their mouth and tongue for 10 days. If you have nipple thrush, your doctor will likely recommend a prescription antifungal cream as well for your nipples.
Important Tip: “Always finish all antibiotics prescribed, even when symptoms are gone,” Radom said.
Preventing Thrush Altogether
Candida is a sneaky, resilient little booger … er, yeast. It thrives in warm, moist environments, so your nipples and baby’s mouth (even baby’s diaper!) are perfect places for yeast and bacteria to hide and spread.
While thrush can be difficult to deal with and sometimes hard to prevent, here are five steps you can do at home that may help:
- Wash your hands. Make sure you wash your hands before and after nursing and after diaper changes. This way you can not only prevent the spread of Candida but also many other common illnesses too.
- Keep anything that comes in contact with your baby’s mouth and your breasts clean. Even if thrush is not a concern, you should always regularly wash items that have been in your baby’s mouth in hot, soapy water. This includes bottles, nipples, pacifiers, teethers and even breast pump parts that touch your nipples.
- Change your nursing bra and breast pads regularly. Milk leakage in your nursing bra and nursing pad can be a breeding ground for yeast and bacteria to grow. Change out nursing pads and properly wash your nursing bras when they get wet.
- Add probiotics or yogurt to your daily diet. Taking a probiotic or eating yogurt with active cultures to your diet may help build good bacteria that manages the growth of yeast.
- Let “the girls” hang out to dry after nursing. If you are breastfeeding, allow your nipples to completely dry between feedings before putting your bra back on.
Don’t let a little fungus get you down, mama! Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns to find the best treatment option for you and your baby. To find a Banner Health specialist near you, visit bannerhealth.com.
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Oral Thrush In Babies – Natural And Safe Home Remedies – Newborn Baby
Do you see white patches on your infant?s mouth located on the palate, cheeks or gums? That could be oral thrush.
These patches can?t be rubbed off easily. If you do, it may result inflammation which may eventually bleed. If this condition receives no immediate remedy, it can reach the esophagus and eventually the lungs which may affect the wellbeing and health of your baby.
In some babies, no treatment is needed because it is a self limiting condition. But in severe cases, oral thrush can be treated at the comfort of your home, without much cost. Natural remedies are not only cost effective, but also safe to babies.
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It is always a good idea to consult with your baby’s doctor to know if your baby is allergic to any of these natural remedies. You can also try administering a small amount first and wait for 24 hours for any adverse reaction.
Oral Thrush Home Remedies For Babies
- Rinse your baby?s mouth with a salt water solution regularly.
- Coconut oil will help clear your baby?s mouth of the yeast infection. Gently massage a few drops of this oil on the gums and tongue.
- Grapefruit seed extract diluted in distilled water, in a mixture of 10 drops of extract to 1 oz. of water. This remedy should be applied to your baby’s mouth once every hour while your baby is awake.
- Apple cider vinegar diluted in water is considered to be helpful in the treatment of oral thrush. Be cautious not to use a strong vinegar solution as it could burn the mouth of your baby.
- Lemon juice diluted in water can kill the yeast infection. This also gives Vitamin C which increases immunity to your baby.
- Baking soda is also effective for oral thrush. Dilute one teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Apply the solution after each feed using a cotton swab on the affected site.
Oral thrush in babies clears up in a few weeks. If the condition does not clear up after weeks of natural treatment, you should consult your baby?s doctor.
If you have other effective remedies in mind, feel free to share it on our comment box.
How to Prevent Your Infant from Getting Oral Thrush
Oral thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth caused by the Candida albicans fungus. Sounds scary, right? You probably know it by its more common, less scary name – a yeast infection. Since thrush loves to take up residence in the mouths of infants, we’d like to arm you with some knowledge to prevent it from ever arriving. Let’s start with something that might surprise you. Did you know one of the most common transmission methods occurs during feeding time?
Unfortunately, it’s true. Whether bottle or breast-feeding, because Candida albicans thrives on milk, the method of delivery doesn’t really matter much. Either way, your child could end up with oral thrush. What’s even more unfortunate is that because a baby’s immune system is still developing, and women often wrestle with yeast infections themselves, a back and forth cycle of transmission often occurs. It’s for this reason doctors typically recommend treating both the mother and the child if one of them exhibits symptoms of a yeast infection. Let’s examine a few ways to stay ahead of this childhood nuisance.
- Maintain cleanliness: Your best defense when it comes to avoiding oral thrush is to keep feeding implements as clean as possible. While it might not seem to be a big concern to go without cleaning a bottle that has been used only an hour earlier, yeast can indeed form on the nipple of a bottle within that timeframe. Wash bottle nipples and pacifiers daily, and store bottles in the refrigerator when not in use to prevent yeast growth.
- Be aware of your own health: As previously mentioned, because a mother can transmit a yeast infection to her child via breastfeeding, it’s important to look out for symptoms of the infection in your own body. Also, red, cracked, or sore nipples could indicate your baby has passed thrush onto you as well, so alert your doctor if this is ever the case. Additionally, should a mother have a vaginal yeast infection, and is in the last three months of pregnancy, your doctor may recommend treating the infection prior to birth to decrease the risk of the newborn developing thrush during delivery.
- Understand the role of antibiotics: Because antibiotics disrupt the natural balance of micro-organisms that protect a baby from getting thrush in the first place, a baby taking antibiotics for any other sort of infection could make them prone to developing thrush as a result. Breastfeeding during this time can help because breast milk delivers supportive antibodies to help develop a child’s immune system, and rinsing your baby’s mouth with some water after delivering antibiotics can help reduce the chances of the antibiotic having an acute adverse effect in the oral cavity.
So, as you can see, with a few simple tips and general awareness of how thrush develops, it can be rather easy to avoid. When it comes to treating thrush, you’ll want to speak with your doctor first. While you’ll find a wealth of information online about home remedies that might appear to be worth trying, nothing can take the place of a professional recommendation by a knowledgeable doctor, so consult with your doctor first prior to any at-home medicating.
What is Oral Thrush? And Home Remedies to Treat Oral Thrush in Babies
Oral thrush in little children can be seen as a white coating on the baby’s tongue, along with white, curd-like patches, that do not rub off easily, elsewhere in the mouth. The causative organism of oral thrush is various species the commonly known fungus Candida, the cause of nappy rashes as well.
Candida sp. is an opportunistic pathogen commonly found in the normal flora of humans. Normally, Candida numbers are kept in check by the helpful bacteria in the human flora. However, in individuals with weak immune systems such as little babies and recuperative adults it can overgrow and infect the membranous tissues such as found in the mouth. Oral thrush also affects children who have recently undergone an antibiotic treatment, as antibiotics reduce the numbers of helpful bacteria in the child’s mouth, allowing the fungus to grow unchecked.
One way to prevent oral thrush in newborn infants is for pregnant women to consult their physicians for the treatment of vaginal yeast infection such as vaginal itching and a cheesy white discharge to prevent Candida transmission to the baby during vaginal birthing. Nursing women who are experiencing nipple thrush (characterized by nipple discharge or pain) or have recently taken antibiotics must also get themselves examined by a doctor, which could be transferred to the mouth of the baby during feeding.
Sterilizing the bottles and other equipment as well as the toys that your baby puts in the mouth regularly can also help keep oral thrush at bay. In addition, washing hands thoroughly after changing the baby’s nappy can also help in preventing thrush because the infection can be passed through their digestive system.
Home remedies for Oral Thrush in infants:
- Feed Acidophilus to your baby: Acidophilus is a powdered form of helpful bacterial species commonly found in the human gut flora. Intestinal bacteria prevent the overgrowth of Candida sp. in the body. Combine powdered acidophilus with water or breast milk to form a paste. Rub this paste in the affected areas once daily until the infection clears up. Alternatively, a teaspoonful of the powder can be added to the child’s milk, once a day, if the baby is bottle-feeding to clear the oral thrush.
- Grapefruit Seed Extract: The antiseptic property of Grapefruit seed extract is considered to be beneficial in the treatment of oral thrush in infants & young children. Mix 10 drops of Grapefruit seed extract to an ounce of distilled water and apply this solution to the child’s mouth once every hour. If the thrush doesn’t begin to clear by the second day, increase the strength of the solution by diluting 15-20 drops of the extract to distilled water.
- Yogurt: If the child can consume yogurt, feeding her/him yogurt will have a treatment effect similar to Acidophilus. Yogurt is a rich source of lactobacilli which are also a common gut flora resident. If your child is very young then, apply a small quantity of yogurt using a clean cotton swab to the affected area.
- Baking Soda paste: The application of baking soda paste is an effective way of treating both oral thrush in babies & nipple thrush in mothers. Mix a teaspoonful of baking soda to a cup of water and apply to the afflicted areas.
- Coconut oil: The Caprylic acid present in coconut oil is an effective anti fungal agent. After ascertaining that your child is not allergic to coconut oil, apply organic coconut using a clean cotton swab to the affected area.
- Salt water solution: Mix half teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm distilled water & apply to the affected area.
Two main antifungal drugs are used for the treatment of oral thrush in babies:
- Miconazole: Usually the first treatment recommended by a doctor. It is available as a gel that is applied to the affected areas using a clear finger. A few babies feel sick after being treated with miconazole, but this side effect gradually passes without becoming a cause of concern.
- Nystatin: In some cases, the doctor may recommend another medicine called Nystatin. This comes in the form of a liquid medicine (suspension) that is applied directly to the affected area using a dropper. Nystatin usually does not cause any side effects.
These medicines usually need to be used up to four times a day and are most effective if used after your baby has been fed. Continue the medication for two days after the infection has cleared up, as this will help the re-occurrence of the infection. If the thrush has not fully cleared after a week of treatment, visit your doctor again for the advice.
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Folk remedies for thrush
Very often, any woman can feel the growing itching and burning of the external genital organs, as well as very abundant white, cheesy discharge. Most likely you have candidiasis, or in simple Russian, thrush. Candida is a fungus that is found in the microflora of the vagina of every woman. In a healthy body, they exist in small quantities. With thrush, these fungi multiply in huge quantities on the entire mucous membrane of the vagina, which causes unpleasant symptoms.For the occurrence of this disease, a favorable environment is needed, it can be unhealthy diet, fatty or sweet food in large quantities, decreased immunity, especially during outbreaks of colds, hormonal imbalance in a woman, for example, during pregnancy or menopause.
Today, there are many drugs on the drug market that will help you cope with this problem, however, we suggest that you first use some folk remedies that can be very effective.
Chamomile against thrush
One of these methods is douching with a decoction of chamomile. Chamomile inflorescences have antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects. Chamomile promotes rapid healing, disinfects and soothes tissues very well. To prepare the solution, you need to take 2 tablespoons. dry inflorescences per 1 liter. water. Bring to a boil over low heat, turn off the stove and leave under the lid for 8-13 minutes. Then you need to strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth and fill the klister with this mixture.The irrigation procedure must be carried out every evening for 7 days, preferably after using the toilet, with preliminary hygiene of the female genital organs.
Treating thrush with baking soda
Also, one of the best folk remedies for thrush is regular baking soda. It perfectly normalizes the flora of the vagina and relieves all unpleasant symptoms. To prepare the solution, you need 1 tsp. Dissolve soda in a glass of warm boiled water, then do douching, it is best to pour such a solution into a basin and sit in it for about 25 minutes.The procedure is carried out for three to five days.
Another good remedy for thrush is Kalanchoe juice. You will need to take a cotton swab and moisten it well in juice, then gently insert it into the vagina and leave it there for 1-2 hours. Repeat the procedure twice a day for three to five days.
Thrush can also affect the oral mucosa. Then rinses made from the above folk remedies will help you.
Do not forget that in severe cases and the presence of symptoms for a long time, it is best for you to see a doctor, as the disease can become chronic. If you want to be always in the black, then visit this site and get a no deposit bonus for registration
Thrush (candidiasis), symptoms and treatment
Thrush (or candidiasis from the name of the causative agent – a fungus of the genus Candida) is a common gynecological inflammatory disease. Pathology develops when a comfortable microflora is created in the vagina for the reproduction of microorganisms.Despite the well-studied etiology and modern methods of treatment, thrush remains an unpleasant disease that any woman encounters at least once in her life. In rare cases, symptoms appear in men as well.
Causes of thrush
Symptoms of the disease are associated with the active growth of the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans. Normally, the microorganism lives in the natural microflora of the vagina, oral cavity, rectum in small quantities and does not cause any harm to human health.When certain conditions are created, the fungus becomes aggressive, quickly spreads along the mucous membrane, and candidiasis develops. To shift the balance of microflora, provoking factors are needed.
They can be called the causes of thrush:
- transferred viral and bacterial infections;
- acute food poisoning;
- decreased immunity for various reasons;
- taking antibiotics, cytostatic, hormonal drugs and other drugs;
- diabetes mellitus and diseases of the endocrine system;
- abrupt climate change;
- chronic pyelonephritis, tonsillitis, other sources of infection in the body;
- violation of the rules of intimate hygiene;
- Frequent stress, psychological stress, neuroses;
- unfavorable ecological environment;
- the use of perfumed personal care products;
- hormonal imbalance during menopause or pregnancy.
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90,033 promiscuous sexual relations;
The appearance of thrush can also be associated with situations such as changing underwear, intimate hygiene products, relationships with a new sexual partner, etc.
The danger of the disease is that the violation of the vaginal microflora reduces local immunity. The mucous membranes remain unprotected. It is an open gate not only for fungus, but for any infection. Therefore, the treatment of the disease must be of high quality and timely.
The first signs of thrush often appear in the last days of the cycle, before the onset of menstruation.The activity of a fungal infection provokes the following symptoms:
- Severe burning, itching of the external genitalia;
- hyperemia, swelling of the skin in the perineum;
- the appearance of painful sensations during intercourse;
- change in the nature of the discharge – leucorrhoea becomes abundant, cheesy;
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Candidiasis can spread to the external and internal genitals. The fungus affects the skin, mucous membranes. In advanced cases, thrush can cause sepsis and severe complications.
Forms of thrush
There are two clinical forms:
- Sharp. Occurs once with a sharp increase in symptoms. It responds well to treatment and does not cause relapses.
- Chronic. Signs of vaginal candidiasis occur periodically, weaken with treatment.
Do men have thrush?
Fungi of the genus Candida are contained in a woman’s vagina, so a man inevitably comes into contact with them during unprotected intercourse. With normal immunity, the ingress of the fungus is safe. During hygiene procedures, the microorganism is easily washed off the skin. If a man has reduced immunity, for example, against the background of diabetes mellitus, the causative agent of thrush can gain a foothold on the mucous membranes of the male genital organs and begin active growth. Symptoms of the disease will be similar to those of women.
It is more likely that a sexual partner will pass the fungus on to a woman than get sick himself. In the overwhelming majority of cases, men become only carriers and a provoking factor, but they themselves do not suffer from this disease.
A patient with thrush symptoms should see a gynecologist. During a standard examination on a chair, the doctor assesses the woman’s general health, the volume and nature of the discharge, makes assumptions about the diagnosis.
For clarification, additional examinations are required:
There are also methods of immunofluorescence, PCR for determining the DNA of the pathogen and bacteriological examination.
Treatment of thrush
There are many antifungal drugs, but only a doctor can choose a specific drug and calculate the dosage. The diagnosis requires clarification. Diseases such as colpitis, vulvovaginitis and others have similar symptoms. Treatment will vary depending on the cause.
To stop the progression of the disease, it is recommended:
- Refrain from intimacy during the treatment of candidiasis.
- Avoid spicy, sweet foods, baked goods, drinks containing yeast from the diet.
- To wash more often with the addition of pharmacy products that help relieve itching.
- Replace synthetic and lace underwear with cotton.
Drug therapy includes taking antifungal drugs, as well as the use of local agents in the form of ointments, creams or suppositories (Fluomizin, Clotrimazole, Fluconazole, and others).
A course of vitamins is prescribed to strengthen the immune system, and probiotics are prescribed to normalize the microflora.
Complete treatment is essential.The acute symptoms of thrush may disappear after starting the medication, but if therapy is stopped, the disease will return. Spores of the fungus are tenacious, persist for a long time on mucous membranes.
When prescribing treatment, the patient’s condition and the presence of concomitant diseases are taken into account. The prognosis of treatment is favorable. In most cases, patients recover completely.
Chronic thrush with pronounced symptoms requires careful examination. It is necessary to establish the cause of the decrease in immunity.Frequent relapses can be caused by HIV, metabolic disorders. The sooner the provoking factor is eliminated, the sooner the symptoms will be alleviated.
A special approach requires the treatment of candidiasis in pregnant women. During the period of gestation, the hormonal background changes, the protective function of the vaginal microflora decreases. The woman becomes more vulnerable to bacteria. The active growth of fungi can be dangerous for the unborn child. During childbirth, the microorganism enters the mucous membrane of the mouth, nose, eyes of the baby, subsequently causing candidiasis in the newborn.In advanced cases, when a woman does not treat thrush for a long time, fungi can pass to the child even in utero. The consequences of infection are premature birth, a decrease in the elasticity of the tissues of the birth canal.
There are many alternative methods of treating thrush. Prescriptions can be used as an adjunct to the main treatment, but only with the approval of a doctor.
It is impossible to take medicine, douche, or carry out other activities at home on your own.At best, treatment will not help, and at worst, it will cause complications or cause allergies.
In order to never face the symptoms and treatment of thrush or to minimize the risk of the disease, it is worth adhering to simple rules:
- Eat healthy foods, observe the principles of proper fractional nutrition;
- give up bad habits, if any;
- wash yourself regularly with clean warm water with special products;
- take any medication only after consulting a doctor;
- Choose your underwear carefully;
- Treat endocrine and gynecological diseases in a timely manner so that hormonal levels are normal.
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Where to get treatment for thrush
In the MedEx clinic you can undergo examinations necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of candidiasis. Our experts will help you to cope with the fungus as soon as possible. You will be consulted in detail on the prevention of the disease, they will answer your questions. You can make an appointment by calling the phone number listed on the website.
We will cope with thrush without medicinal methods
In the press, on television, in outdoor advertising, advertisements for all kinds of drugs against an unpleasant fungal disease – thrush, often slip through.However, the expectant or nursing mother is afraid to take medications, although it is precisely “in position” and after childbirth that thrush attacks the female body especially aggressively. Are there other ways to combat this ailment?
Where are the mushrooms from?
Thrush is a fungal disease caused by the fact that candida fungi begin to multiply especially actively on the mucous membranes of a person. If a person is completely healthy, the presence of these fungi in the body does not cause concern – the immune system keeps them in check.However, during pregnancy, the body is under a heavy load and the immune response can fail. This may be due to both hormonal processes and the fact that the immune system is weakened by the fight against a viral infection.
Symptoms of thrush are known to many: cheesy discharge, sometimes very abundant, which is often accompanied by itching and burning in the perineum. (It happens that fungi affect other organs, for example, the oral mucosa, and then you have to deal with the symptoms of stomatitis).
In addition to diseases and specific hormonal disorders of pregnant and lactating women, which are difficult to influence without the help of a doctor, ignorance, our bad habits, and sometimes ordinary laziness can become the reasons for the increased growth of fungal colonies in the body. The first reason on this list is poor nutrition. Fungi have a “lip is not a fool” – most of all they love flour and sweets. That is, the features of immunity, metabolism and the work of the excretory system of a person who eats unhealthy food work for the fungus.
The second reason is shortcomings in personal hygiene. The fungus is very fond of humidity, and we often help him with this. How? Very simple! Beautiful synthetic underwear does not drain sweat from the body, does not allow the secretions to dry quickly – and in such a “greenhouse” fungi multiply quickly. Disposable panty liners, which we wear when we are embarrassed by secretions and odors, also impede air circulation and increase humidity. Particularly harmful are air-tight pads that women use during critical days or with lochia after childbirth.After all, most of the pads, actively advertised now, do not “leave the skin dry and clean” at all, but turn the liquid into a gel, and help the fungi to multiply and multiply.
The third reason is the notorious “chemistry”, all kinds of fragrances, detergents and preservatives. For example, the same gaskets quite often contain harmful substances with which the manufacturer has perfumed the gasket. Panties that are poorly rinsed or washed with an unsuitable powder can be no less harmful for weak mucous membranes.
The fourth reason is stagnation of blood in the small pelvis. A sedentary lifestyle, restrictions on sexual life and active movements that pregnancy and childbirth impose on a woman – all this leads to stagnation in organs and tissues. And where the blood supply deteriorates, fungi live better there.
Is thrush dangerous?
Unfortunately, yes. Chronic thrush can reclaim more and more spaces of your body and harm many organs, complicate breastfeeding, and the baby can become infected with it while passing through the birth canal.
How to be?
What if it is impossible to put up with thrush, and the hand does not rise to “poison” yourself with potent medicines? It is best to spend energy on the prevention and treatment of thrush in the early stages, in order to prevent a severe form, when it is impossible to think about anything else.
Buy cotton underwear (preferably white), wash it to get rid of the “chemistry” that is inevitably in the fabric and wear without pads, unless critical days require it.If necessary, change your laundry more often than once a day, wash it in a boiling machine with a minimum of detergent – it is best to use special eco-friendly powders and gels or baby detergent. Run the machine twice in rinse mode. At home, if possible, go without underwear in a skirt or robe for better air circulation.
Use cellulose pads on critical days. There are cheap domestic, there are more expensive imported ones. The main thing is to change them as often as possible.Adjust your meals. Minimize empty carbs, foods high in sugar, yeast, or fermentable during cooking (beer, wine, buns, desserts, etc.). Beware of old cheese, raw mushrooms, chocolate, dried fruit, honey, nut pastes, pickles and pickles, potatoes, soy sauce, vinegar. Reduce milk intake – leave only low-fat dairy products.
Drink green tea 3-4 times a day – it can help cleanse the body of excess yeast.There should be more vegetables and fruits on your table. Eat fish, gluten-free grains (brown rice, millet, buckwheat), and avoid gluten-containing foods (wheat, rye, barley barley, semolina and pasta, oats). Consume dietary supplements that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria.
If the desired balance in the body has already been disturbed, you can, after consulting with your doctor, try to help yourself with long-known home remedies. The most famous of these is douching with apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons per liter of water, 2-4 times a day).At night, you can also put “garlic candles” (a clove of garlic is cleaned of the upper coarse shell, so as not to damage the clove itself, and is placed in the vagina). The effect is visible after 3 days. It is also useful to make baths for the perineum: with a decoction of oak bark, calendula, yarrow, rosemary (3 tablespoons of decoction according to the standard recipe for each liter of water, sit in a warm bath for 15 – 20 minutes). Take bifidobacteria orally and put tampons with them, as well as treatment of a concomitant viral infection.
A symptom of thrush in a nursing mother may be severe burning pain on the surface of the nipples or deep inside the breast. Unlike the pain of cracked nipples and mastitis, which gradually subsides while the baby is sucking, this pain lasts throughout the feed, continues immediately after it, and sometimes persists between feedings. Sometimes sharp, shooting pain radiates from the nipple to the chest, back, or arm. All this is accompanied by increased sensitivity of the nipples, itching.If you are confident that the cause of the pain is not improper attachment or lactostasis, and you do not have eczema, herpes, or psoriasis, then you are most likely to have thrush. Tests will help you finally be sure of the diagnosis.
Warning: You do not need to stop breastfeeding. To treat thrush in your child’s mouth, your doctor may prescribe special antifungal drops. You need to follow the rules of hygiene when feeding: wash your hands often, cool your breasts carefully before feeding to reduce pain, in extreme cases express milk and spoon feed your baby.Keep in mind, however, that breast milk cannot be stored for thrush and that bottles and other utensils must be boiled after use.
After feeding at home, wipe the nipple with a vinegar solution (2 tablespoons per 1 liter of water), dry your breasts in the air and, if this does not cause you discomfort and pain, go without a bra, if possible with bare breasts ( avoiding hypothermia, of course).
Author: Anna Nikitina
Consultant: Veronika Nazarova (Maslova), family doctor, homeopath
Thrush in women: the danger of self-medication
In our article we will try to figure out whether it is possible to effectively, and most importantly, safely cure thrush on our own.To begin with, consider what kind of disease it is and why it occurs.
What is commonly called “thrush” in everyday life is called in medicine vaginal or genital candidiasis . The name owes its origin to microorganisms that cause this ailment. The fungal parasite Candida albicans (Candida albicans) is normally present in the body of every healthy person. For the first time, each of us meets him in the natural environment – the birth canal.In quantities not exceeding the norm, the microbe of Candida albicans may even be needed by the human body: it serves as food for beneficial bacteria involved in the synthesis of vitamins K and B12. But quite often, when certain conditions occur, an uncontrolled reproduction of the fungal flora occurs, which leads to the occurrence of thrush.
What can serve as an impetus for an accelerated rate of reproduction of the fungus? There are a lot of reasons for this. The most important of them, according to doctors, is the modern way of life – uncontrolled consumption of drugs, in particular, antibiotics and hormonal drugs; consumption of unhealthy foods, especially those rich in sugar; high stress levels; unprotected sex.Also, the cause of thrush can be a decrease in the protective functions of the body, a weakening of immunity, the presence of certain diseases that weaken the body and some drugs for their treatment.
Having understood the causes of the disease, consider how reasonable it is to treat thrush at home. Commercials from TV screens and pharmacists in pharmacies assure us that thrush is very easy to defeat with just one capsule of the promoted drug; articles on the Internet call for the use of folk remedies: soda, honey, herbal preparations and even laundry soap.
Why, by trusting such advice, a woman cannot cope with her problem? Symptoms either do not change, or only get worse: itching and burning become unbearable, especially at night; discharge can be so abundant that in a short period of time it soaks through the underwear and bedding, while having a very unpleasant odor. And only when the symptoms of the disease significantly reduce the quality of life, completely disrupting its rhythm, the woman turns to the doctor.
According to the leading gynecologists of our clinic, as a rule, patients come to them who have tried more than one remedy in the independent treatment of thrush. And this fact absolutely does not make it easier for the doctor to work, but on the contrary complicates it, since long-term unsuccessful self-treatment of vaginal candidiasis leads to the transition of the disease into a chronic form, which is much more difficult to treat and complicates the diagnosis.
Chronic thrush is characterized by periodic exacerbations, at least 4 times a year.It turns out that, without properly treating the first-emerging acute form of the disease, a woman can “earn” herself an endless chain of relapses and a life “from thrush to thrush,” which will negatively affect her psychological state. Also, chronic thrush, with the seeming harmlessness of symptoms, is dangerous for its complications. A fungal infection can infect neighboring organs along with other microbes. The chronic form of vaginal candidiasis can also cause inflammation of the appendages (adnexitis), inflammation of the cervix, the formation of adhesions in the fallopian tubes, which greatly complicates the process of conception and can lead to infertility.
Fungi, to the kingdom of which the yeast-like fungus Candida albicans belongs, are the oldest life form on our planet. Their age is more than 2.5 billion years. During its existence, having survived a lot of cataclysms of a planetary scale, mushrooms not only did not disappear from the face of the earth, but also went a long way in their evolution. The vitality of mushrooms and their desire for self-preservation is beyond fantasy. In this regard, considering the issue of the vitality of fungi not in a global framework, but on the scale of an individual person, we must understand that Candida albicans will try to survive in every way, and every mistake in treatment, whether it is the wrong choice of the drug, the wrong dosage, or even the absence of any therapy will definitely lead to the multiplication of the fungus exponentially, and consequently to an aggravation of the symptoms.
In addition, despite the fact that in the overwhelming majority of cases the causative agent of thrush is Candida albicans, you need to understand that in addition to albicans, there are about 170 types of Candida fungus that are more resistant to drugs. Each type of fungus has a different sensitivity and susceptibility to therapy, therefore it requires a special, often qualitatively different, approach to the choice of means on the way to recovery.
What else is the danger of treating thrush at home, in addition to the risk of worsening symptoms and the transition of the disease to a chronic form? Symptoms of thrush – itching, burning, genital discomfort, discharge – are characteristic of a number of diseases, some of which can be dangerous not only for health, but also for a woman’s life.
With all the external similarity, the cause of unpleasant symptoms may not be a fungus of the genus Candida at all. Very often, the trigger mechanism of the pathogenesis of the disease is a bacterial infection, the most common of which is bacterial vaginosis.
Bacterial vaginosis is caused by a change or imbalance in the bacteria that are normally found in the vagina. As a result of such a violation, there is an increased multiplication of some microorganisms, most often Gardnerella vaginalis (Gardnerella vaginalis).The causes of bacterial vaginosis, as well as its symptoms, are largely similar to thrush: improper lifestyle, stress, pregnancy, the presence of an intrauterine device, change of sexual partner, wearing sanitary napkins and synthetic underwear. But with all the external similarities, bacterial vaginosis has a significant difference: in comparison with thrush, it is not treated with antifungal drugs. Therefore, trying to cure a bacterial infection with drugs to combat vaginal candidiasis, you can aggravate the course of the disease and get complications.A bacterial infection without adequate treatment multiplies intensively in the vagina, and the urethra is located nearby. Through the urethra, a bacterial infection can enter the bladder and cause urethritis and cystitis.
Many sexually transmitted infections have similar symptoms with thrush – trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, ureaplasmosis and others. The main clinical symptoms are itching, discharge and burning. Sexually transmitted diseases, without timely diagnosis and adequate treatment, can also lead to severe complications up to infertility.The most important point in the treatment of STDs is the simultaneous treatment of a woman’s sexual partner, without which her complete recovery is impossible. Self-treatment without examination and laboratory tests is impossible.
The main danger of self-medication or ignoring the symptoms of thrush is that behind their seeming “harmlessness” can hide completely different diseases that are not associated with any infection or dysbiosis of the vagina.
So, for example, inflammation of the fallopian tube or even oncological diseases of the cervix and other organs of the small pelvis can manifest themselves.In case of secondary candidiasis caused by disorders of carbohydrate metabolism (prediabetes), according to our doctors, a frequent complaint of the patient is itching, burning, discharge from the genitals. And there are frequent cases in the practice of our gynecologists, when patients who came to them with complaints of thrush were eventually diagnosed with diabetes.
A lot of clinically similar diseases are determined by the main symptom – secretions . But in each condition, they have their own characteristics, differ in color, consistency, smell.The differences can be so insignificant that the woman herself often cannot interpret them somehow and blames everything on thrush. This approach to your health can be a big mistake. Leading gynecologists at the Smitra Clinic warn that what is commonly called thrush in everyday life can mask another, much more serious disease!
Our doctors recommend: having found alarming symptoms that, in your opinion, are similar to thrush, do not let everything take its course, do not look on the Internet for folk methods of treating a simple and understandable, as it seems to you, disease, do not run to the nearest pharmacy for the advertised drug.The most reasonable solution to this problem would be to contact a gynecologist. After a conversation and a thorough examination, the doctor will prescribe all the necessary tests and examinations, according to the results of which the treatment tactics will be chosen. Only if these conditions are met is a complete cure and a speedy return to normal life possible.
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The material was prepared with the participation of gynecologists at the Smitra Clinic.
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90,000 symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention
Thrush is a fungal urogenital disease.The second name is candidiasis. The causative agent is fungi of the genus Candida. They affect the genitourinary system, but do not belong to sexually transmitted infections. It is most often diagnosed in women, but men also have cases of infection with these opportunistic microorganisms. Their habitat is the vagina, human intestines and skin. Under certain conditions, the fungal microflora begins to multiply and exceed the permissible amount, which leads to a diagnosis. Patients diagnosed with thrush are treated on an outpatient basis.
Symptoms and signs of candidiasis
Not everyone knows what thrush looks like in women at the onset of the disease. It is accompanied by a number of characteristic symptoms:
- severe itching in the intimate area;
- burning sensation during intercourse;
- Sour odor of white or yellowish cheesy discharge.
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Signs of fungal candidiasis in men
The emerging thrush in men manifests symptoms in the form of painful urination, swelling of the glans penis, redness and white plaque under the foreskin. Discomfort may increase after intercourse, which should alert you. In a state of calm, thrush in men is less pronounced.
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Reasons for the development of vaginal candidiasis
The causes of thrush are associated with a decrease in immunity. The list of provoking factors also includes:
- taking oral contraceptives;
- violation of microflora in the body;
- hygiene products with an unsuitable Ph.
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Ways of infection for thrush
Thrush during pregnancy appears due to changes in hormonal levels and microflora composition. In other cases, in women, the risk of infection depends on the state of health. Thrush in men can also appear if there was unprotected intercourse with a carrier of candida.Fungal microflora is transmitted if hygiene is not observed (other people’s towels, shared bedding). Pools and beaches are often contaminated. Signs of thrush may appear after a kiss. Oral contact is a common route of infection, since Candida can be found on any mucous membranes in the body.
Risk factors for disease
Risk factors depend on external influences and health conditions.The chances of getting a diagnosis increase with frequent stress, hypothermia, the use of condoms, due to recent infectious diseases. Thrush often appears during pregnancy in women, which also become a risk factor for men.
The general list contains the following items:
- diabetes mellitus;
- HIV infection;
- vitamin deficiency;
Complications after thrush
At first, thrush symptoms are less pronounced. Especially during menstruation, when the alkaline environment in the vagina changes. Then the thrush of these causes levels out and regression of recovery begins. Without treatment, the disease will progress, provoking the development of complications:
- extensive redness of the mucous membrane in the intimate area;
- the formation of ulcers and cracks;
- frequent relapses of candidiasis;
- weakening of the immune system;
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When to see a doctor
If the occurrence of thrush in women or men is recorded, it is recommended to immediately consult a doctor. Over-the-counter medications may not work well. In addition, smears must be taken for laboratory analysis before a diagnosis is made.According to the clinical picture, it is not always possible to determine the nature of mycosis: bacterial vaginosis, thrush or colpitis. The diagnostics and treatment of these diseases is carried out by gynecologists of JSC “Medicine” (the clinic of Academician Roitberg) in the center of Moscow. If you have not experienced the effects of Candida before, do not self-medicate. Especially in the case of illness in children under the age of 12, with regular relapses and with an allergic reaction to ointments, suppositories. Any drugs for thrush are selected according to individual criteria.
Preparing to visit a doctor
Thrush in women, the causes and symptoms are almost the same, so you need to follow the general rules for preparing for the visit. It is recommended to come in the first days after the end of your period. Before visiting a gynecologist:
- No need to douche, just take a shower;
- refrain from intercourse 2-3 days before taking;
- Do not take any medication 2 weeks before taking.
Diagnosis of thrush in women and men
During the diagnosis, the clinical picture is taken into account. This is the patient’s well-being, discharge with thrush and the presence of a number of symptoms. At the reception at Medicina JSC (Academician Roitberg’s clinic) near the Mayakovskaya metro station, a gynecologist conducts an examination and takes tests to study the microflora.Thrush has different causes. Only through examination can the truth be found. And men need to contact a urologist for this. The clinic has the necessary doctors, its own laboratory and equipment that allow you to quickly get a result and make an accurate diagnosis.
Treatment and its features
Thrush in women has treatment depending on the tests and the severity of the symptoms.If they do not manifest themselves strongly, local medications will be prescribed: antifungal creams, vaginal suppositories, ointments. After that, preparations are used to restore microflora and probiotics. But chronic thrush requires a more systematic approach and antibiotic therapy. You also need to follow a diet. Sweets, store juices, fatty foods, smoked meats, starchy foods, sweet fruits, pickles, and alcohol should be excluded from the diet. It is worth knowing about the diet, how to treat thrush in women and maintain the microflora to stop relapses.
Home Remedies, Myths & Misconceptions
Traditional medicine knows how to cure thrush at home. Douching, baths and tampons are used. The traditional way: dilute 1 tsp. soda in 1 liter of water. You need to douche 2 times a day.Decoctions of herbs are also suitable for this method: St. John’s wort, yarrow, chamomile, oak bark, knotweed, sage, juniper. A common myth is that you don’t need to buy medicine for thrush. You can quickly and cheaply get by with folk remedies. No, you can’t do that. Treatment with herbs and lotions takes about 2-3 weeks. And it’s not a fact that they will help. Thrush requires treatment without fail. It does not go away by itself.
Often, thrush in women appears due to the use of daily sanitary napkins and wearing tight synthetic underwear.For prevention purposes, it is worth giving up these habits. Cotton underwear is the best choice. Avoid hypothermia at any time of the year, dress warmly. Do not use perfumed hygiene products, select the correct composition and Ph. With symptoms of the disease, do not self-medicate, any suppositories and pills for thrush should be prescribed by a doctor. Avoid stress and overwork, and do not overuse alcohol and sweets.
How to make an appointment with a gynecologist or urologist
You can make an appointment with the specialist you need online.To select the date of admission, you can also call the phone number available around the clock +7 (495) 775-73-60. Thrush, although a common disease, requires proper treatment. The clinic operates in the Central District at the address: Moscow, 2nd Tverskoy-Yamskaya lane, 10, Mayakovskaya metro station. Nearby are also metro stations: “Belorusskaya”, “Tverskaya”, “Novoslobodskaya” and “Chekhovskaya”. Convenient location allows you to come to the clinic at any time and visit a consultation. For each person, thrush has individual symptoms and treatment, so make an appointment and diagnosis with experienced specialists at Medicina JSC (Academician Roitberg’s clinic).
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Thrush in women causes, symptoms
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Vulvovaginal candidiasis (thrush) is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the vulva, vagina, urethra (urethra), perineum.
The causative agent of this disease is a fungus of the genus Candida.
The most common causative agent is sandida albicans, followed by candida glabrata. Vulvovaginal candidiasis is a common disease, as you know, more than 2/3 of women on our planet, at least 1 time in their life suffered from thrush.
Symptoms in women:
As a rule, the following complaints appear:
– itching, burning sensation in the external genital area, and these complaints are often worse in the afternoon, during sleep, after intercourse, during menstruation, long walking.
– dyspareunia – painful sensations during intercourse.
– gray-white cheesy discharge from the genital tract.
– disorders of urination.
Types of thrush in women
1. Acute vulvovaginal candidiasis – symptoms first appeared, lasting no more than 2 months.
2. Chronic recurrent candidiasis, characterized by 4 or more relapses within 1 year.
3. Candidiasis, ie. when budding forms of the fungus are released in a smear in women, but there are no clinical manifestations (no discharge, itching, burning)
Is candidiasis sexually transmitted? Candidiasis is not sexually transmitted, even if identical types of fungi are isolated from the partner during examination.Treatment of sexual partners is carried out only in case of development of candidal balanoposthitis.
1. Irrational intake of broad-spectrum antibiotics.
2. Inadequate contraception (frequent use of spermicidal contraception, long-standing intrauterine devices, taking high-dose oral contraceptives, since a high level of estrogen causes an increase in glycogen, which is favorable for the growth of candida fungi, and also promotes attachment to the vaginal epithelium of these fungi.
4. Diabetes mellitus.
5. Wearing tight-fitting synthetic underwear.
6. Sanitary napkins.
7. Oral sex.
Along with the listed risk factors, the main cause of vulvovaginal candidiasis is a weakened immune defense.
In the acute form of candidiasis, only local therapy in the form of suppositories, vaginal tablets, and cream is possible. Treatment of chronic recurrent thrush must necessarily be carried out in combination with local and systemic antifungal drugs (tablets).
Treatment of candidiasis , as a rule, consists of two stages: 1. relief of symptoms. 2. prevention of relapse with the use of antifungal drugs and adjuvant therapy. At the time of treatment for thrush, you should exclude sex life or use a condom.
How to protect yourself from thrush?
– do not take antibiotics without medical supervision;
– the right choice of hormonal contraception;
– timely detection and treatment of somatic diseases;
– Personal Hygiene.
Candidiasis in women during pregnancy
Pregnancy is a risk factor for thrush. The symptoms of candidiasis in women during pregnancy are the same as described above. Treatment must be carried out without fail and not only in the presence of symptoms, but also when candidiasis is detected according to the results of a smear. Why is it necessary, because the fungus of the genus candida can lead to the following complications during pregnancy:
– premature birth placentitis (inflammation of the placenta membranes),
-endometritis- (inflammation of the uterine mucosa)
-infection of the newborn
Treatment of thrush in pregnant women is carried out only with local drugs (suppositories, vaginal tablets)
Systemic drugs (tablets to be taken orally) are not used, i.e.to have a damaging effect on the organs of the fetus and can cause developmental anomalies
Preparations of the polyene series are allowed from the 1st trimeter of pregnancy, preparations of the azole group from the 2nd trimester.
What should you do if you have symptoms of thrush in women ?
When symptoms appear for the first time, characteristic of thrush, or if thrush bothers you not for the first time, but more and more often, you should immediately contact your gynecologist. Who, on the basis of complaints, examination, diagnostic methods for detecting the candida fungus (smear, culture, PCR diagnostics), will diagnose and prescribe the correct treatment.Independent and uncontrolled use of drugs reduces the effectiveness of treatment and leads to side effects.
The Department of Gynecology at the Vizus-1 clinic works seven days a week from 08:00 to 20:00.
The clinic is receiving appointments under a voluntary medical insurance policy (VHI). View a list of insurance companies.