34 home remedies for oral thrush in infants and adults

Oral thrush nourishes due to an overproduction of a form of yeast – the fungus Candida albicans. Oral thrush is identified by small, creamy white spots that appear on the cheeks inside the mouth and tongue. These spots make people feel painful, and they can also bleed lightly if you scratch at them. An over nourishment of antibiotics or a compromised immune system can kill off the healthy bacteria inside your mouth. Experts may recommend using medications but a lot of people choose to make use of home remedies for oral thrush. Thus, today I would like to show you 22 natural home remedies for oral thrush in infants and adults that you should focus on.

I. Overview Of Oral Thrush – Causes And Symptoms:

overview of oral thrush – causes and symptoms

  • Thrush (oropharyngeal candidiasis) is a medical condition due to the overgrowth of a fungus called Candida albicans in the throat and mouth.
  • Thrush might be caused by many different factors, including dentures, smoking, medications, pregnancy, or illness.
  • Thrush in newborn babies is very popular and usually not harmful.
  • Symptoms of thrush include white patches in the tongue, palate, throat, inner cheeks, and mouth as well as mouth’s pain and soreness.
  • Risk factors which cause thrush are stress, smoking, medications, and weakened immune systems.
  • Thrush is usually diagnosed by physicians or dentists with clinical examinations.
  • Thrush treatment and prevention depends on the causes and the severity of the condition, and can include easy systemic medications, oral medications, or home remedies.
  • The outlook for severe situations will depend on the status of the patient’s immune system and the underlying causes of thrush.
  • The prognosis for mild cases of thrush is good.
  • We can prevent thrush in most cases by trigger modification.

Here are some common causes of thrush:

Oral Thrush Due To Fungi: 

oral thrush due to fungi

  • The culprit which causes thrush in infants and babies is a fungi, commonly Candida albican. This fungus usually resides and lives in the intestines.
  • Typically, if Canida fungi and E. coli bacteria in the gut are balanced, it will not cause any trouble for the infants. However, in certain cases, the use of antibiotics is also one of the reasons for developing candidiasis or for children with weakened immune systems, it can cause the risks of furry tongue.
  • When the tongue is furry due to fungi, it will appear white spots which are similar to milk residues on the surface of the tongue. The baby will get pain, leading to anorexia.
  • When there are signs that your baby may get thrush, you should take them to see the doctor. The doctor may give the baby some antibiotics to drink to kill the fungus that causes thrush.

–  Oral Thrush Due To Viruses: 

oral thrush due to viruses

  • The babies’ tongues and gums will have many small ulcers, sheltered under the white membranes. When these white membranes are peeled, the babies will feel sore when chewing and swallowing food. Baby will drool much, their mouth will be foul, and they may get high fever.
  • When you take your baby to the doctor, the doctor often gives your baby drugs for foul mouth which contain antibiotic and antiseptic to kill the virus. The symptoms of furry tongue in your baby will be reduced and resolved for 4-5 days.

– Notes:

  • You should not use the tool to remove baby’s tongue thrush regularly. You should just clean the baby’s mouth gently as possible.
  • There are so many people who are not aware of furry tongue yet want to look for ways to scrape away the white spots on their baby’s tongue. However, this method is useless and can cause little tongue bleeding. Also, using gauze or cloth to rub on the tongue can damage the baby’s tongue mucosa.

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10 Responses to “34 home remedies for oral thrush in infants and adults”

  1. oregon
    February 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

    You used the word ‘besides’ way too much I had to stop reading.

    • Hoang Mai
      February 25, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Thank for your commenting!

  2. Fanta Sanford
    March 14, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Thank you so much for the great advice & home remedies. I’ve been on antibiotics off & on a lot. I’m going to try a couple of them tonight. I had a lot of trouble eating & swallowing my dinner. I’m so ready for the pain & this awful thrush to go away. Thank you Thank you

  3. NappyQueen
    April 24, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Great resources, thanks! I am learning more about homeopathy and natural remedies. Infant pee on cloth diapers is quite effective too.

    • PureAsCocainePowder
      April 29, 2014 at 12:47 am

      Ive been hearing this for years and it was actually done on me.. And now that my son has thrush, I’m thinking I may have to use it also. He’s killing my nipples

  4. star
    August 6, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I just had to thank you for such a thorough and intelligent guide to home remedies for thrush. I knew there had to be more than yogurt and antibiotics, which most articles stated. As a person who often uses tea tree oil and lavender for so many ailments, I had suspected they would be helpful. You confirmed my thoughts and added so many remedies that I also have in my pantry. I was excited to learn so much! Also enjoyed the more curious remedies such as the watermelon rind and moth balls! Again, thank you for sharing your knowledge. Tonite you help a mother sleep easier, knowing I have the ability to make my child feel better now, instead of waiting for tomorrow and the doctor office. Goddess bless you!

  5. Angelica
    August 22, 2015 at 5:56 am

    looking for home remedies on how to cure thrush

  6. Greg
    September 28, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Don’t assume you have thrush just because you have white stuff in the back of your throat. It’s very possible this is just bacteria buildup (like what is normally on the back of your tongue). This buildup can happen if you have a dry mouth or sinus congestion.

  7. Alex Smith
    October 8, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Thank you so much for the information, I have a baby in the family with the problem and now I can apply a home remedy, I specially like #31 of pg. 12 which as the description says, it changes the ph environment in the mouth, key to avoid the fungus to prosper. Very informative, very well researched, truly appreciated everything.

  8. ms
    November 2, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Mothballs? That’s toxic! Wouldn’t breathe it let alone put it in my mouth.

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