Oral thrush gives the impression of a creamy white patch on the sides of the mouth or throat. It can cause red spots on the tongue and throat as well. Thrush can take place in areas other than the mouth, for instance the vagina and colon, and effect in aching and uneasiness. The medical term for this illness is ‘candidiasis’. Thrush can appear on everyone, but it is more common in babies, older people and those who have fragile or weak immune systems.
Thrush is caused by an overdevelopment of a kind of fungus called Candida Albicans and even though it is not a dangerous illness, it can make you feel very uncomfortable. As well as looking for help from your doctor and curing yourself with pills, there are many things you can do to aid yourself at home. If you would like to try handling thrush at home instead of using prescription medicine, there are quite a lot of natural remedies for oral thrush that you can practice. Make sure you visit a medical doctor if the remedies are not working after 2 days, or if you aren’t sure that your disease is really oral thrush.
1. Try oil pulling:
Oil pulling stands on the unverified notion that oil literally pulls poisons out of your body. Even though effects haven’t been sure, many people practice oil pulling to fight the Candida fungus – which cause oral thrush, and to offer short-term relief. Here is how to do it, the method is quite simple:
- Brush your teeth in advance. Oil pulling work best on an empty stomach (if possible).
- Take 1 tablespoon of oil and swig it round in your mouth for 5 to 10 minutes. Make sure it coverings every probable part of your mouth — under your tongue, in your gums, the top of your mouth.
- After 5 to 10 minutes, expel the oil out and wash down with saltwater.
Use coconut oil for best effects, though olive oil works too. Coconut oil is said to be mostly effective in fighting fungus.
2. Try yogurt:
Consuming probiotics (healthy bacteria) is also another one of the remedies for oral thrush, as the healthy bacteria beat up the overrunning fungus and bring back the normal balance in the lubricant membranes. You can get probiotics from a fermented food such as yogurt, though the amount you receive will be much lower and possibly will be less effective; choose plain yogurt, as sugar will make the Candida develop faster. Have yogurt once or twice every day, making sure to eat slowly and leave a spoon of yogurt in your mouth as near to the wounds as possible for about 30 seconds before gobble it up.
3. Try a homemade rinse:
There are quite a lot of different kinds of rinses you can try that will help you to get rid of oral thrush. The guidelines are the same for each one: rinse your mouth with the remedies 2 to 4 times a day and then spit it out. The rinses consist of:
- Saltwater: half a teaspoon of salt for one cup of water.
- Apple cider vinegar: 1 tablespoon of vinegar for one cup of water.
- Tea tree oil: some drops of oil for one cup of water.
- Boric acid: one forth of a teaspoon for one cup of water.
Make completely sure that you do not drink any of these remedies.
4. Prevent the oral thrush from coming back:
Change everything that may have been in your mouth while you had oral thrush. It is essential to sterilize or replace things that may go into the mouth to prevent oral thrush from coming back. Switch your toothbrush (or its head, if it is an electronic toothbrush) with a new one. If you wear dental plates, saturate them overnight in a denture cleaning mixture.