Your body has germs inside and out including fungi and bacteria. Most of these germs are harmless, some are even helpful like the good bacteria in your oral cavity, but others are not. Some of these germs or fungi can cause infection under certain conditions. Thrush is one of those infections. Thrush is caused by the fungus Candida that grows in your mouth and can occur in babies, children, and adults. Today we present some questions and answers regarding thrush.
Q’s and A’s
Question: What is thrush?
Answer: Thrush is the overgrowth of a fungus called Candida that naturally lives in your mouth in small amounts. It is also present in your digestive tract, and on your skin. The immune system of an average healthy person keeps this fungus in balance.
Question: If thrush is naturally present in and on our bodies then why is it a problem?
Answer: Thrush does not become a problem unless too much of the fungus grows. This happens in people who have weak immune systems. People at more of a risk of developing thrush include:
- The elderly
- People in poor health
- Individuals with HIV or AIDS
- People receiving chemotherapy or taking steroids
- People taking certain antibiotics
- Denture wearers
Question: Will you know if you have thrush?
Answer: Yes. The symptoms of thrush include white, velvety sores or patches in your mouth, on your tongue, inner cheeks, and throat; pain and soreness in your mouth; pain when swallowing.
Question: How do you treat thrush?
Answer: Mild cases of thrush can be treated with systemic medications, oral medications, or home remedies.
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