A Guide to Treating Recurring Thrush
Recurring thrush is a condition that requires medical treatment. The first thing that makes it worrisome is that it is recurring, which means original treatment didn’t work or that it is a chronic condition. And, since thrush means that you have a weakened immune system, it is very important to find out the reason why.
Thrush occurs when Candida, a yeast that is normally present in the human body starts to grow out of control. This is most common in three different groups of people: infants, the elderly, or people with HIV/AIDS. That’s because the young, old, and people with HIV/AIDS already have weakened immune systems. Others susceptible to the disease include people who are taking certain types of antibiotics or those with diabetes.
Thrush can occur in three different places: the mouth, esophagus, or vagina. The symptoms of thrush are white patches that appear on the lips, inside the mouth or throat. They look a lot like cottage cheese. An infected vagina will discharge a white curd-looking substance as well. Anti-fungal medicines are used to treat thrush.
Since thrush looks so much like milk, in babies it is often mistaken for formula or throw-up. However, should you wipe the spot, it will be red and sore underneath. It is best not to ever try and wipe off the white milk-like substance. Women who have vaginal thrush can pass it on to the baby during pregnancy. Likewise, a baby who with thrush and is breastfeeding can keep re-infecting a mother
Since the body naturally has the yeast in question, there is really no one way to prevent vaginal thrust. It has to do with the strength of the immune system. When the immune system is strong, yeast is kept at normal levels and does not grow beyond them. The best way to maintain a strong immune system is to eat a good, nutritional diet, filled with whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
It is also beneficial to take a good multi-vitamin to make sure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. Food high in antioxidants will also boost your immune system. People with such chronic diseases as HIV/AIDS or diabetes often develop recurring thrush because they have compromised immune systems. Esophageal thrush is most often acquired by people with HIV/AIDS and follows numerous bouts with recurring thrush of the mouth.
Babies with thrush are most often treated with nystatin liquid, which is put directly on the white patches. It is also good to be extra cautious and clean bottles, nipples, and pacifiers with boiling hot water. If you are breastfeeding, you can also put nystatin on your nipples before you begin feeding.
People who have thrush are first treated with topical antifungal medicines and then later with oral medications if these fail to work. Rinses and lozenges are topical treatments for thrush in the mouth. They affect only the mouth, while when oral pills or capsules are given, they affect the entire body. Because oral medications do affect the whole body, they should never be used by women who are pregnant. In extremely serious cases, antifungal medicine can be injected into a vein.
Non-prescription medications which can be used to treat yeast infections include products with 1% gentian violet, which is a dye. Sometimes people with HIV/AIDS are told to use Listerine™ mouthwash. Prescription medicines can contain polyenes or azoles, which attack the yeast fungus in different ways.
If you suspect that you have developed thrush, see a medical doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Having thrush or recurring thrush means that your immune system is compromised, and this can lead to some very serious illnesses.