Do you have any problem with your taste buds? Have you got a problem that’s on the tip of your tongue, prompting strange white spots, bizarre tastes, and cracked lips? the culprit might be oral thrush, but don’t panic! So are there any remedies that can help treat this painful issue? You bet there are! And that’s what we are going to talk of in this post! But before that, you would first like to know what is oral thrush and it’s causes. Then read on!
What is oral thrush?
Oral thrush is a yeast overgrowth that affects the tongue and inside of the mouth. It most occurs in infants and characterized by a white, creamy looking tongue that doesn’t go away. It can also affect other areas around the tongue.
What causes oral thrush?
It occur because the “bad bacteria” have had a chance to overgrow and take over the “good bacteria” on and in our bodies. This is due to the candida albicans strain and is considered to be candidiasis.
It is completely normal for candida albicans to live in your mouth. However, when it gets the chance to accumulate, it can spread to your gums, tonsils, the roof of the mouth, and the back of the throat. If left to thrive, it will cause oral thrush. Oral thrush causes include:
- Allergies such as food
- Birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives
- Weak immune system
- High sugar diet
- Hormonal changes
- Poor digestion
- Poor elimination
- Prolonged or frequent use of antibiotics
What are the symptoms of oral thrush?
- A thick coated tongue
- Bad breath
- Creamy white patches on the inside of the mouth that can be either on the tongue, the roof of the mouth, or on the inner cheeks
- Dry mouth
- Swollen red patches on the skin
- Loss of taste
- Pain and you may sometimes even bleed when you brush or when you clean the tongue
Home remedies for oral thrush
Oral thrush is treated with antifungal medications. However, these medicines often come along with side effects such as liver damage. Besides, these anti-fungal medications do not address the root cause of the problem. Due to this, they must be used for extended periods of time and often fail to eradicate the overgrowth.
However, there are natural methods you can use to treat oral thrush without the side effects!
Garlic is one of the best immune boosters. It is safe to use for all ages either pregnant or breastfeeding. It is a rich antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral ingredient. This is due to it being concentrated in allicin. Because of this, it is one of the most effective oral thrush treatments for both infants and adults. Additionally, for the treatment of thrush tongue in infants, the mother should eat raw garlic with meals in order to “infuse” her milk with the healing properties of garlic. Even consuming just one clove of raw garlic a day is effective.
Aloe Vera juice helps heal thrush. A glass (1/4th glass) of aloe Vera juice daily helps reduce thrush. Alternatively, you can also apply aloe Vera gel to the affected area twice in a day to treat thrush.
Grapefruit seed extract can help cure thrush. Applied directly to the lesion, or mixed with water (2 teaspoons oil in 1 cup warm water). Besides grapefruit juice is known to reduce inflammation and heal the cut. Rinse your mouth with the solution several times a day to treat thrush.
Coconut oil is also said to alleviate thrush. Mix a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil in warm water. Gargle with the mixture twice or thrice daily. Alternatively, you can also soak a cotton ball in coconut oil and dab the affected area to ease thrush.
You can ease thrush by applying a paste of baking soda and water with a cotton ball. Mix 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda powder in a cup of warm water. Dip the cotton ball in the paste and dab the paste on the affected area to provide relief. Apply the paste 2-3 times daily.
Salt water is one of the best remedies for oral thrush. Mix a couple of teaspoons of salt in a cup of water. Gargle with the solution around 3-4 times daily. By the second week, you’ll notice a visible reduction in the lesions.