PSA: You Can Get a Yeast Infection IN YOUR MOUTH

oral thrush

What Is Oral Thrush, Exactly?

Oral thrush is an infection caused most commonly by an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth.

Symptoms can include “creamy white lesions on the roof or back of the mouth,” or lesions with a “cottage cheese appearance or redness,” says Gupta. Roth points out that those who have it may experience a “woolly feeling” in the mouth or difficulty swallowing.

How Common Is It?

Thrush is most commonly seen in immune-suppressed patients, like those who are undergoing chemotherapy, have AIDS, or are contending with another serious health issue .That’s because a suppressed immune system  leaves you more vulnerable to infection. Those who take inhaled steroids, like asthma medication, or oral steroids could be predisposed to oral thrush, since the steroids could throw off the natural balance of yeast in your mouth. Roth recommends that those using inhalers rinse out their mouths after using them to prevent it.


How Do You Get Rid of It?

See  your dentist regularly, maintaining a healthy diet, and being diligent about oral hygiene  can help prevent thrush. You can also try rinsing your mouth out with salt water for aided relief and treatment.


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