Oral Thrush & Candida
Oral Thrush is quite common in Candida suffers. The yeast micro-organism Candida Albicans that is responsible for fungal overgrowth is also the cause of oral thrush but in the mouth and throat.
Diagnosis of Oral Thrush is quite easy, but overcoming the infection can take time and it is likely that it will keep coming back until the underlying Candida overgrowth is eradicated.
Following the Anti Candida Diet Plan will reduce the Oral Thrush in the short term and fight the Candida that is the cause, but there are also a number of products that treat Oral Thrush. A natural alternative is to make an anti-fungal mouthwash from a number of essential oils that will kill the yeast and help improve the breath.
Do I have oral thrush?
The symptoms of Oral Thrush are quick apparent and can be far easier to recognise than the symptoms of a Candida overgrowth which are far more generalized. Thrush can develop very quickly, often in a matter of days but if not treated can turn into a chronic condition that is difficult overcome.
Oral thrush symptoms normally appear as small white lesions on your tongue and inside cheeks sometimes accompanied by a sore throat. Sometimes the lesions may spread to the gums and roof of the mouth. They can be tender and if removed my reveal red angry areas that can bleed. Skin at the corners of the mouth my redden and crack.
Some suffers experience discomfort when trying to swallow which is a sign that the infection has spread into the esophagus. The worst cases of Oral Thrush can result in fever.
How can you treat your oral thrush?
The good news is that by treating the Oral Thrush you are also treating the underlying Candida overgrowth. The first step is to make lifestyle changes and follow the Anti Candida Diet Plan together with good probiotics and antifungals.
There are medications that your doctor can prescribe to treat the Oral Thrush but these can be hard on your liver and so you may wish to use natural alternatives if you suffer from thrush regularly. Medications also only treat the symptoms of thrush and clear the infection, they do not kill off the underlying Candidiasis. Whichever therapy you opt for, combine it with a Candida treatment plan for long term relief from Oral Thrush.
Natural Oral Thrush Treatments
You can make your own all-natural antifungal mouthwash to combat Oral Thrush. Add 2-3 drops of essential oil to a small glass of bottled water, rinse and gargle then spit. Doing this regularly will kill the Candida yeast in your mouth.
Effective essential oils
- Peppermint and Spearmint Oils
- Tea Tree, Camomile and Lavender
Continuing this treatment after the Candida is gone will also help prevent it from returning.
Oil pulling is an alternative method for treating Oral Thrush. You use Oil Pulling by swilling certain oils in you mouth to fight the micro organisms that have spread there.
- Swishing the oil around in your mouth, collects and traps pathogens
- Certain oils such as Coconut Oil have antifungal properties that will kill the yeast. Caprylic acid is one of these and is found in high concentrations in coconut oil.
For more details take a look at our Oil Pulling page.