Oral Thrush Symptoms
When you, or your family, have a yeast infection in your mouth, sometimes it’s hard to tell just exactly what the oral thrush symptoms are. When the Candida infection thrush first begins it is sometimes hard to notice the symptoms, but if it is persistent it will be unmistakable that there something wrong. It’s imperative that you take care of the problem as soon as you can, because waiting will only make the condition much worse.
The most common oral thrush symptoms include white creamy lesions all over your tongue, on the insides of your cheeks, and occasionally on the roof of your mouth, your tonsils and your gums. The lesions have a somewhat “cottage cheese-like” appearance about them. If you rub or scraped the lesions, they will bleed slightly.
Generally, oral thrush symptoms include a lot of pain, with a noticeably “cotton-like” feeling inside your mouth. You will certainly experience a loss of taste as your sense of smell and taste begin to lessen. Some people get a dryness and cracking in the corners of their mouth.
Left untreated, these lesions sometimes spread into your esophagus (the long muscular tube you use to swallow) sometimes the sensation of having oral thrush in your throat feels as though there’s food caught, or you have a difficulty in swallowing.
For mothers that are breast-feeding, it’s not uncommon to see creamy white lesions in your infant’s mouth. If your infant doesn’t want to feed, you should look into their throat to make sure they have no obvious oral thrush symptoms.
Should your baby have thrush, it’s likely the two of you are passing it back and forth from your breasts to their mouth. Typically, your nipples will become very red, itchy and sensitive. Additionally the skin of your nipples will become shiny or flaky. It will be painful for you to nurse, and your nipples will most likely hurt between each feeding. Some women experience a deep stabbing pain inside their breast.
If you’re experiencing oral thrush symptoms, it usually a sign that you have a weakened immune system, or maybe suffer from an underlying condition, like diabetes. Taking heavy prescription medications sometimes diminishes your body’s natural ways of keeping the Candida infection in check.
There are different ways of treating oral thrush symptoms, by taking an aggressive approach at the Candida infection. There are ointments and creams found at your local drugstore or online. Additionally, taking natural herbs supplements has been shown to counteract thrush. When buying an over-the-counter medication, taking a pill or using a cream, make sure you use it as directed.
If you tried an all-natural approach to correcting your oral thrush symptoms, and found it to not have a positive effect, it may be time to visit your physician. Visiting your doctor’s office will give you the opportunity to ensure that it’s only a weakened immune system and not something more serious.