Thursday, June 17, 2010

How to get rid of thrush?

I'm back!!! I've been busy lately but I still want to keep up with the blog.. of course life gets in the way sometimes..

Feel free to submit your questions and I will get to them, I promise!

I was recently asked how to get rid of thrush. This can be tricky at times.. so here we go.. all about thrush.

What is thrush?

Thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth. It is mostly seen in babies and elderly people. Patients who are chronically ill with weakened immune systems can also develop thrush.

This is caused  by the same bug that causes yeast infections on the skin and vaginal area. The fungus is called candida albicans.

What does thrush look like?

Thrush looks like white spots in the mouth. Babies often have leftover milk in their mouth, so it can sometimes be hard to tell if it's thrush. If you are in doubt, try to scrape the white off the baby's tongue. If it doesn't come off then it's thrush.

This is what thrush looks like on the tongue. You can often see it inside the mouth on the cheeks.

Next- how to treat thrush!

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  1. Hi,
    It's Camilla aka @multiplereason on twitter. I encounter thrush, candida more times in a week than I care to count. As a RN & International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) I see lots of mom/baby pairs in the area in which I live (Ontario, Canada)who have thrush/candidaof the breast/nipple.

    First if a breastfeeding baby has thrush, BOTH mom & baby must be treated. It does no good to only treat baby.

    Nystantin is the antifungal that docs here regularly prescribe, but most yeasts are becoming resistant to it and the thrush usually ends up coming back within in a period of weeks.

    Also, I look at WHY did the thrush occur, often it may be due to poor latching & mom has had some damage to the nipples allowing the yeast to enter more easily. So correcting the original problem is part of the solution to getting rid of yeast.

    I recommend Dr. Jack Newman's All Purpose Nipple Ointment (APNO) to be used after every feed (at breast). Sometimes along with Gentian Violet applied once/daily at night only.
    The Newman Candida Protocol works, but needs to be followed strictly. The APNO & Gentian Violet are part of this protocol.

    Plus reservoirs for candida need to be sanitized regularly by boiling pump parts (if pumping), pacifiers, bottle nipples, etc. If not sometimes the yeast will just come back because it's a cycle of reinfection.
    You can find out more about The APNO & the Newman Candida Protocol by going to this link:

    Hope this helps :)
    Camilla RN,BHSc(N),CCCE,IBCLC

  2. It's a very helpful article, in fact when it comes to health; there is nothing more important than managing to eat healthy food and doing exercise regularly.