Thrush is a bacterial infection of the mouth, where it can cause a sore throat. It is caused by the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot.
The fungus that causes thrush is called candida. It is found in warm, moist environments and feeds on sugar (glucose) in the body. When the amount of sugar in the body goes down, so does the amount of candida in the body.
When someone has thrush, their immune system is weakened. This causes a person to have more candida than they would normally have.
Candida can also cause vaginal yeast infections. This is why women are more likely to get vaginal yeast infections than men.
What Causes Thrush?
Thrush is caused by a fungus. It is found in warm, moist environments, such as the mouth, the throat, and the vagina. It feeds on sugar (glucose) in the body. When the amount of glucose in the body goes down, the amount of candida in the body also goes down.
The fungus that causes thrush can be found in the mouth or throat. It can also be found in the vagina or the anus.
There are many things that can cause thrush, including:
- A weakened immune system
- A diet that contains a lot of sugar
- Antifungal medications
- Long-term use of corticosteroids
- Chronic illnesses, such as HIV/AIDs, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and cancer
- Antifungal medicine taken by mouth
How Is Thrush Treated?
Thrush is easily treated. People with thrush can take an antifungal medicine. The medicine is usually taken by mouth. It can also be taken with a suppository.
Antifungal medicines are usually taken for 1 to 3 weeks. They can be taken at home or in a healthcare provider’s office.
Some people may need to take antifungal medicines for longer. It depends on the person’s symptoms.
If you are taking antifungal medicines, you may find that you need to take them more often. It depends on the medicine you are taking.
Some people may not respond to antifungal medicines. They may need to take them for longer. It depends on the person’s symptoms.
In some cases, a healthcare provider may need to take out your tonsils. This is called a tonsillectomy.
What Are the Complications of Thrush?
There are some ways you can prevent thrush. These include:
- Eating a diet that is low in sugar and high in fiber
- Taking antibiotics that are prescribed for your doctor
- Taking antifungal medicines prescribed for you
- Taking antifungal medicines prescribed for your child
What Is the Long-Term Outlook?
Thrush is easily treated. It usually goes away in 1 to 3 weeks. If you have thrush, you will want to treat it as soon as you feel the symptoms.
The outlook for thrush is good. It is possible to get rid of thrush if you follow the treatment plan.
When Should I Call the Doctor?
If you have thrush, you should call the doctor right away. It is important to get treatment as soon as possible.
You should also call the doctor if you have:
- A fever
- New or worsening symptoms
- Signs of an infection, such as pain in your mouth or throat
- Signs of a severe infection, such as severe pain, a low-grade fever, and a high white blood cell count
- Signs of a blood infection, such as redness and swelling of the skin
- You have a sore throat that is not going away
- You have any other symptoms that concern you
What Are the Complications of a Yeast Infection?
A yeast infection can cause symptoms that are the same as the symptoms of a thrush infection. They can include:
- A burning or stinging sensation when you swallow
- A white or yellow coating on the outside of your mouth
- Tiredness, especially after eating
- A burning sensation when you urinate
- A feeling of having to pee more often
- A burning sensation when you are wiping
- A burning sensation when you wipe
- A cough
- Redness and swelling in the folds of the skin
If you have a yeast infection, you may want to call the doctor to make sure that you have a yeast infection.
You can also use our Ada app to check your symptoms and ask your doctor questions.
What Are the Complications of Thrush in Children?
Thrush is common in children. It is usually caused by a weakened immune system. It can cause symptoms that are the same as the symptoms of a yeast infection. It can also cause a tonsil infection.
Thrush can cause more serious complications in children. These include:
- Severe pain and swelling in the mouth
- A fever that is higher than 102 F (38.8 C)
- A fever that is higher than 38 F (3.5 C)
Symptoms of thrush in children can be very similar to those of a cold. They can also be very serious.
What Are the Complications of a Yeast Infection in Children?
A yeast infection can cause more serious complications in children. These include:
- A severe sore throat that does not go away
Having thrush is not a sign of poor health. It is a common condition.
If you have thrush, you should follow your treatment plan. You should also follow your doctor’s instructions for treating thrush
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