With lots of oral infections becoming common, thrush has become a very common yeast infection too. It is a yeast infection of the mouth that is caused by the Candida Albicans fungus.
Unlike other oral infections, thrush is a very common fungal infection among kids as well as adults. It requires immediate attention as the fungi may affect your body’s immunity.
You will have to consult your doctor if the symptoms of thrush irritate you a lot, in most cases, doctors prescribe an antifungal dose to clear the fungal infection.
You can check the symptoms at home and conclude if you have thrush to start with some home remedies.
Its symptoms include cottage cheese-like lesions anywhere inside your mouth, redness or swelling of the mouth, bleeding or loss of taste, a feeling that your mouth is full of cotton, and difficulty in chewing and swallowing some foods.
Although thrush is not a very serious health issue, it can impact your immunity and become a recurring disease. You must check with your doctor and complete the medicine. You can also do a lot of home herbal remedies that can treat thrush.
1. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is the easiest way to boost your immunity. This is easily available in many fruits and vegetables and can be consumed and absorbed easily too.
Experts suggest eating oranges, pepper, strawberry, blackcurrants, broccoli or Brussel sprouts can help your body receive a lot of vitamin C.
This vitamin increases the WBC (white blood cells) that can fight bacterial, viral as well as fungal infections on its own. It improves the body’s natural defence mechanism as well.
If you’re an adult, you can even try consuming vitamin C supplements to avoid risks of developing thrush again.
Turmeric has a very unique compound called curcumin. It is very famous for having multiple properties: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial and many more.
A study explains that consuming turmeric alone isn’t very beneficial as it very hard to absorb by your body. So you may try to add a pinch of black pepper in your turmeric as the piperine content in the black pepper can help boost its absorption to 20 times.
You can have turmeric milk, turmeric water, or simply do a gargle with lukewarm water and turmeric. Repeating this at least twice every day until the infection is gone is a great idea. It also boosts your immunity.
Probiotics can be very helpful in treating many fungal infections as they help to produce good bacteria in the gut that can beat the bad bacteria.
Oral thrush is mainly caused when the fungi attack the good bacteria.
Hence, adding some yogurt is a good probiotic that can bring back the good bacteria to fight the fungi that are thriving and multiplying in your mouth. Make sure you don’t have sweet or sugary yogurt as the Candida that causes thrush loves sugar and can thrive on it.
4. Saltwater Gargle
Keeping your mouth clean and bacteria-free is another way of maintaining oral hygiene. Saltwater gargle is famous for fighting many oral infections, including thrush.
As salt has antiseptic, soothing and cleansing properties, it can be used to defeat the Candida causing thrush.
In a glass of warm water, add half teaspoon of salt, mix it and gargle your mouth with the solution. Do not drink the solution as you’ll be intaking the impurities. Spit it out always.
A commonly available food ingredient can help you treat your oral fungal infection. Lemon and lemon juice intake helps your body improve and build its immunity against various fungi.
In the case of people with autoimmune diseases, lemon juice works the best.
However, lemon is said to be acidic in nature and consuming its juice directly could cause redness and swelling in your mouth and intestine.
You should always dilute lemon juice before consumption. The best way would be to add a small spoon of lemon juice to a cup of water and gargle with it twice a day.
Clove can be very beneficial for your dental health. Chewing a clove after your meals may help improve metabolism, immunity and teeth hygiene as well. Also, you can use clove oil in a glass of warm water to gargle your mouth.
Clove oil has unique pain-relieving properties and may reduce the redness, swelling and oral symptoms immediately. Ensure you’re not allergic to clove before you try this gargling remedy.
Oregano or its oil is used to treat many fungal infections. The thymol and carvacrol compounds in oregano oil have antifungal properties that can treat thrust. You may not consume oregano oil directly as it is an essential oil and maybe harsh on your system. Always dilute it with a carrier oil (coconut or olive oil) and add some drops of it in water.
Use the solution to gargle your mouth, swish and spit out without swallowing any of it.
8. Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is extremely common in treating any type of fungal infections. It can even treat vaginal fungal infections. It should be used in a small quantity as it is an essential oil.
You can mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a carrier oil and prepare a gargling solution with water. Remember to add only two-three drops of this essential oil.
Apple Cider Vinegar has antifungal properties that can fight Candida very well. Gargling with apple cider vinegar can destroy the environment Candida thrives in.
You need a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water. Swish, rinse and spit out the solution.
If it burns your mouth, use a very little amount of it.
10. Chew Garlic
Garlic is famous for anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It is said that chewing a garlic clove, especially the one with roots, is very beneficial for your oral health.
It may cause a burning sensation in the mouth at first, so be very careful, eat only one small clove at a time, or simply include more garlic in your diet.
Thrush is very common and easily treated nowadays. Only a few people with weaker immune systems have thrush repetitively. You must take care of your oral health every now and then.
Make sure you visit a dentist every six months and do everything in your power to keep your immunity levels high.
Eat, sleep and hydrate well. Also, make sure you take your medicines on time.
https://www.healthline.com/health/home-remedies-for-thrush#symptoms https://divinitynutra.com/health/turmeric-and-candida/ https://www.optibacprobiotics.com/uk/professionals/latest-research/general-health/probiotics-oral-thrush#:~:text=In%20fact%2C%20probiotic%20intervention%20reduced,effective%20in%20controlling%20oral%20candidiasis'. https://www.thehealthy.com/home-remedies/thrush-in-mouth/ https://www.thefitindian.com/blog/home-remedies-to-cure-oral-thrush/ https://www.healthline.com/health/clove-essential-oil#:~:text=In%20a%202005%20study%20%2C%20researchers,thrush%2C%20and%20vaginal%20yeast%20infections. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11855736/ https://wa.kaiserpermanente.org/kbase/topic.jhtml?docId=hn-2173003#:~:text=A%205%25%20solution%20of%20tea,according%20to%20one%20preliminary%20trial. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326865 https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/yeast-infection-home-remedy#apple-cider-vinegar