Is oral thrush treatment different?

Different thrush infections need different treatments


Thrush can cause infection in various parts of the body. Oral thrush is different from other manifestations of the fungal infection, which means it is also often treated differently.

Oral thrush often causes lesions that are similar in appearance to cottage cheese. These can be painful to touch and when scraped may bleed if they. The fungal infection caused by this bacteria is commonly present in and around the body naturally but is held at bay by the immune system. If your immune system becomes weak, then bacteria may start to multiply. It usually only affects infants and people with weakened immune systems. The immune system deficiency can be caused by disease, the use of certain medications and by environmental factors.

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Thrush treatment is usually with antifungal medications. While treatment of thrush on other parts of the body generally treated with a topical cream, oral thrush needs oral medication treatment, such as a lozenge or a tablet. The most common tablets used are Fluconazole and Itraconazole. Depending on your age and medical condition, the doctor will prescribe different medications prescriptions. People who have weak immune systems due to AIDS, for instance, will be given a different antifungal treatment than someone who has thrush due to using corticosteroids.

The trush treatment aims to stop the thrush from spreading and ensure it doesn’t persist. Over time, with the medication doing what it is supposed to do, the thrush will die off and go away.

No matter what kind of thrush you have, your doctor will give you the same hygienic routine to follow. You still need to keep up daily cleaning, such as brushing your teeth and using mouthwash. There is also a medicated mouthwash you may use to treat the oral thrush.

When you clean the inside of your mouth or eat food, you have to be careful not to scrape the thrush. Not only will it be painful, but it can cause the trush to spread or take longer to heal. You may also want to avoid any contact with another person, such as kissing. Touching the oral thrush with other parts of your body can cause it to spread further, and your doctor is generally going to tell you to leave it alone as much as possible. In time, it will go away by itself. If it is being helped along by medication, then it will disappear sooner.  

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