Treating Thrush Mouth in Babies and Adults
Thrush mouth is caused by an overgrowth of yeast called Candida albicans. There are many causes of yeast infections. Generally, only babies deal with oral thrush when they are around three to four weeks old. Many adults, though, will have a similar experience if they have a weakened immune system and have a problem with yeast.
Thrush causes painless, white patches in your mouth. Although these are generally painless, some people may experience a lot of pain. When the overgrowth spreads into the esophagus, most people will experience pain when eating and swallowing.
Babies and Thrush
Many newborn babies develop thrush mouth when they are around three to four weeks old. Babies often get thrush for a variety of reasons including the mishandling of rubber nipples, the use of antibiotics, a mother’s previous infections, or a mother’s diet.
During pregnancy, many women end up with vaginal yeast infections due to the high rate of hormonal activity in their bodies. Thus, during vaginal deliveries, babies will often become infected with the yeast infection, developing thrush mouth. The infection can then be transferred back to the mother through the nipples as the child is breastfeeding. Additionally, the infection can even enter the breasts and cause more problems for both mother and child.
If you notice painless, or possibly painful (it depends on the child), white spots in your baby’s mouth, you should make an appointment with the doctor. Since other diseases can also cause thrush mouth or similar-looking problems, you should always consult with your doctor to confirm the diagnosis of thrush. Once diagnosed, your doctor will give you information about the right program for you and your child so that the problem can be dealt with as soon as possible.
Cause of Yeast Infections
There are also many other types of yeast infections, such as vaginal yeast infections and intestinal infections. There are many reasons for these types of infections to occur. Sometimes it is simply because of a weakened immune system, excessive use of antibiotics, and diet.
Dealing With Yeast
Dealing with yeast problems including thrush mouth and vaginal yeast infections requires changing some things about your lifestyle. Your first step is to take fewer antibiotics if possible. If you are on multiple antibiotics for some type of treatment, you should talk with your doctor about taking fewer antibiotics or ideas for treatment of the thrush mouth.
Another major cause of thrush mouth is diet. The high sugar and starchy foods we often eat only help to feed the yeast. You are supposed to have some yeast in your system, but when it grows out of control, you may experience a variety of uncomfortable symptoms. You may even have Candidiasis which is a long-terms systematic yeast infection that can cause major problems.
For the first couple of weeks after your doctor diagnoses your thrush mouth caused by a yeast infection, or as part of a Chronic Candidasis problem, you will likely be required to eat primarily meats and plain vegetables so that you are avoiding high starch foods as part of your Candida cure. Later you will be able to add in foods with natural sugars such as fruits and high sugar vegetables.
No matter what, you will have to keep an eye on the foods you eat over the years. Generally speaking, fast foods are out of the picture and when you eat at other places, you should be careful about what you choose to eat. Green leafy salads with plain meat and no salad dressing can help keep your yeast problems under control so that you will no longer have to experience painful thrush mouth.
Additionally, you will also want to begin exercising more often. Daily exercise will keep your body functioning correctly and help your body to fight Candida and Candidiasis. Be sure to drink a lot of water throughout the day and when you are exercising so that you do not become dehydrated.
If you believe that you or your child have thrush mouth or any other Candida or Candidiasis symptoms, you should consult with a doctor before making any major changes to your diet or lifestyle. Many of the symptoms of Candidiasis, especially, are the same symptoms of a variety of other problems including cancer. Thus, you should never just assume that thrush mouth is your only problem. The symptoms could be notifying you of something far worse, but unless you see your doctor you will not know what is wrong. An early diagnosis for any disease can help you fight it more efficiently so that you will win the battle.