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.
Some causes or risk factors of getting a thrush infection include taking antibiotics, having HIV, taking chemotherapy, or otherwise being immunocompromised, and having Diabetes. Infants can also get thrush while breast feeding and that infection can pass on to your nipples. If your nipples turn bright pink or red and burn and are very tender or bleed chances are you and your baby both have thrush and you will both be treated for it.
Treatment includes possibly using a prescribed antifungal mouthwash or the medicaitons Nizoral or Diflucan. For the breastfeeding mother she will likely be prescribed Nystatin cream to put on her nipples after every breastfeeding.
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