What is 'thrush?' What are its symptoms and what are the treatment options?
Thrush is a yeast infection of the mucous membranes of the body. It is also called Candidiaisis because the fungus that causes it is named Candida. The symptoms include whitish smooth patches on the tongue or cheeks, if it is brushed or scraped it will bleed. It can cause a burning type pain at the site of infection.
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Thrush is an infection of Candida Albicans, a variety of yeast. In infants, it common affects the mouth and diaper area. Nursing mothers can also develop a thrush infection of the nipples or milk ducts.
Symptoms of oral thrush include a white coating of the tounge or roof and sides of the mouth, which may bleed if wiped away. Thrush infections of the skin tend to manifest through a rash of small pimple-like dots. Thrush of the breasts is chacterized by a pearlescent sheen or bright pink coloration of the nipples and a burning, itching pain.
Home remedies for thrush include the use of a 1% gentian violet solution applied to the breasts (not wiped off before the baby is nursed), grapefruit seed extract taken orally, tea tree oil, and washing the nipples in a vinegar solution. It can also be treated with over the counter yeast/fungal creams, prescription creams like Nystatin, ketoconazole, or the new Vusion cream (a barrier cream used primarily in the diaper region), or through oral treatment with Diflucan (fluconazole).