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Oral Candida

Oral Candida is an overgrowth of Candida in the lining of your mouth. Candida albicans is a yeast like fungus that normally resides in your digestive tract.

It feeds on sugars and lives in dark moist places. Overgrowth of yeast, also known as Thrush, can be caused by a number of factors.

What Does It Look Like?

It generally begins on the tongue and the back of the throat. It looks like milky white lesions or sores. It's also often described as having a cottage cheese type appearance.

Unfortunately, if left untreated, it can spread to the gums, tonsils, and the roof of your mouth.

It may also painful. The lesions can bleed if they’re scraped. Other symptoms include cracking at the corners of your mouth and cotton mouth.

Who Suffers From This Condition?

Thrush is most commonly found in babies. However, many people can suffer from it as well. People who wear dentures, have compromised immune systems or suffer from Candida overgrowth can experience thrush.

Additionally, people with cancer, diabetes, and HIV tend to deal with thrush and Candida overgrowth more often than those with healthy immune systems.

There is also some evidence to show that smokers may experience thrush and mouth yeast overgrowth symptoms more often than non-smokers. Some drugs may also cause it. These drugs include antibiotics and prednisone.

Treatment Options

If left untreated, it may spread throughout your body. In addition to spreading to your digestive system Candida can also spread to your liver and lungs.

In your digestive track, Candida overgrowth can cause a number of serious complications including digestive distress and malnutrition.

At home treatments include good oral hygiene, eating natural, unsweetened yogurt. The good bacteria in the yogurt can help combat the Candida fungus. Many physicians can diagnose oral Candida on sight however they may also do a quick culture to confirm.

Treatments include antifungals and acidophilus which are the good bacteria found in yogurt. Unfortunately, antifungals have unwanted and often dangerous side effects and they do not treat the underlying cause of candid overgrowth.

Some physicians also recommend rinsing your mouth with warm salt water a few times a day.

Ultimately, because Candida albicans feeds on sugars, the best way to prevent thrush and recurring candida is to cut back on the amount of sugar consumed in your diet. A special diet may be required to eliminate the overgrowth from your body.

Problems from Candida overgrowth include weight gain, fatigue, acne, rashes, chronic illness, digestive disorders, vaginal yeast infections, depression, and oral Candida.

Oral Candida can be treated. Proper diagnosis and immediate action are required to prevent it from spreading.

Further Reading:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Candida

Depression and Candida

Weight Gain and Constiptation

Is my acne caused by candidiasis?

Natural Candida Cures and Remedies

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