Yeast infection of the mouth symptoms
Yeast infections are a very common ailment experienced by the majority of the population at some point in their lives. Many, however, believe that a yeast infection is limited to only the lower part of the body. However, yeast infections can and often do occur inside the mouth, especially in babies and young children. Yeast infection of the mouth symptoms are commonly called “oral thrush“. Because oral thrush can spread and mimic other illnesses, it is important to consult your doctor when yeast infection symptoms are present, to confirm a diagnosis.
Yeast Infection Symptoms in the Mouth
There are several different symptoms that may present with oral thrush. If you or your child experience any of the following, you should consult your doctor. Here is a partial symptom list:
· Cream colored bumps on the gums, inside the cheek, on the tongue or tonsils
· Swallowing difficulty
· Dry or cracked corners of the mouth
· Small amount of bleeding when the bumps are scratched
· Pain where bumps are present
The following video summarizes the appearance of oral thrush.
Oral Thrush and Breast feeding
Babies and toddlers are far more susceptible to oral thrush than adults. If you notice any of the following in the breast area then you have likely caught thrush from your baby, which can spread to the nipples in breastfeeding moms:
· Shiny or flaky skin on the nipple or surrounding it
· Sharp breast pain
· Pain while nursing
· Nipple sensitivity, pain or itching
If you have a yeast infection, your breast fed baby also needs treatment, or you will both keep passing it back and forth. Signs of oral thrush in a baby or toddler include the same symptoms as adults, but also include irritability and difficulty feeding.
Treating Yeast Infections of the Mouth
There are several different approaches that can be taken when treating oral thrush. They include anti-fungals that come in the form of mouthwashes, lozenges and drops as well as stronger medications for those with compromised immune systems. Though you will need to treat thrush with a medication, you can aid in recovery by doing these things at home:
· Brush your teeth daily, and change your toothbrush every day until the infection clears
· Consume a probiotic like unsweetened yogurt, to restore a healthy bacteria balance
· Keep blood sugar under control if you are a diabetic which can increase your risks for developing thrush
· Use a salt water rinse to keep mouth as clean as possible and promote healing
If you believe that you or your child may have a yeast infection, you should consult your family doctor. Oral thrush is often diagnosed with a simple visual inspection; however, your doctor may perform a biopsy of the area to be sure. An endoscopy may be needed if you have oral thrush that has spread into the esophagus. In most cases, your doctor will simply take a peek inside your mouth, write you a prescription, and send you on your way.