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The Truth About Oral Yeast Infection

Apr 12, 2008
Oral yeast infection, although often a temporary condition in babies, can be indicative of a malfunctioning adult autoimmune system. Also known as thrush or oral candiasis, oral yeast infection is a subtype of an infection of a fungal form that moves into the mucous areas of the mouth. If n further action is taken, oral thrush can also move into the throat and the esophagus and be the perpetrator of more serious complications.

Oral surfaces can predispose the multiplication of the yeast and disseminated infections. However, a mouth with yeasts does not necessarily get oral yeast infection. Candida species, predominantly Candida Albicans, are normal oral bacteria that are to be observed in 30% - 60% of healthy people. These bacteria live off their host without impact. Conditions opening the door for systemic infection include:

1. Drug therapies debilitating host defenses and modifying oral cavity.

2. Vulnerability orally to vectors of yeast infection, including food allergies, medication, mineral or vitamin deficiencies, mouth irritation, and so on.

3. Diseases sapping the strength of host defenses by their systemic nature.

4. Antibiotic treatments that change the equilibrium of the organisms in the intestines by killing beneficial gastrointestinal bacterial flora that typically hold Candida at bay.

5. Stress, anxiety or depression as psychological factors that contribute.

6. Modification of salivary patterns because of aspects such as Sjogren's syndrome and types of antidepressants, which then boost multiplication of Candida.

7. Local oral factors, such as using dentures and the challenge of hygiene that they bring. Problems include bad hygiene from porous dentures and lack of washing or sluicing from saliva that unable to fully circulate. It is for this reason that yeast infection median prevalence is at 85% for users of dentures with normal oral mucosa, compared to just 37% of users with their own natural teeth.

8. Alterations in physiological conditions such as getting old, being pregnant, infancy, insufficiency of iron, diet considerations, affliction of diabetes, hypothyroidism, hypoadrenalism etc.

Most of the time, the oral yeast infection symptoms are:

1. A tongue that is red with no bright spots, leading to peeling surfaces or patches on the surface of the tongue.

2. Contrasted colors in the inner surface of the mouth where a red background highlights white, cream colored or yellow spots that bleed if scrubbed.

3. Angular Cheilitis or red cracks at the edges of the mouth.

4. Extra tissue (hyperplastie) that it is impossible to wipe off the mouth.

Oral yeast infection can also manifest itself by a disquieting burning feeling in the infected area, and also its visible symptoms.

Newborn babies are commonly under threat of oral yeast infection. If oral yeast infection is suspected, additional tests should be done. The first signs to look out for are restlessness and irritability during feedings, as well as refusal to accept a pacifier.

Certain anti-fungal drugs can effectively resolve oral thrush, like:

1. Ketoconazole (sold as mycelex, monistat and nizoral): antifungal drug breaking down the cell wall of the fungus to kill it.

2. Triazole antifungal agents, such as itraconazole and fluconazole. Fluconazole is usually to be taken orally in tablet or liquid form every day for a minimum of several weeks. Itraconazole is used as part of a continuous treatment typically lasting a minimum of 3 months or until a laboratory test shows no further fungal infection. Despite oral and intravenous possibilities, inferior absorption and a number of secondary effects (nausea, vomiting, fatigue, pain in the abdomen) figure among the disadvantages of Itraconazole.

3. Nystatin (sold as mycostatin, mycolog and nilstat): an antibiotic used for different subclasses of fungal infections. After 2 days of using this medicament, oral thrush is typically eliminated. Without toxicity and bacteria and virus tolerant, it can be taken orally three to fives times per day in tablet or liquid form. However, because of the multiple doses that are required, lower patient compliance may result.

4. Amphotericin B (brand names: fungizone, adria and apothecon): a strong antibiotic for eradicating fungal infections. It has a certain toxicity and may generate multiple different secondary effects. As a polyene antimycotic drug, the prescription is usually for severe cases of Candiasis involving hospitalization.

Medication therapy for oral candiasis is oriented towards the external symptoms of yeast infection, like much other conventional medication, without taking into account the internal reasons that boost Candida infection overgrowth. Alleviation brought by the medication is typically short term only, especially for recurring oral candiasis. Finally, long-term use of these drugs may result in secondary effects. Although there are differences in usage, these are elements in common with all of these medications for oral yeast infections.

Holistic and all-natural remedies can address the internal causes of oral yeast infection and also its immediate symptoms. In a different approach to that of prescribed medicaments, oral yeast infection can also be cured using herbal or homeopathic treatment, changes in diet, detox and in lifestyle. Symptoms are thus eradicated, as is candida infection recurrence.
About the Author
Linda Allen is a medical researcher, health consultant and author of the #1 best-selling e-book Yeast Infection No More . To Learn More About Linda Allen's Unique 5-Step Holistic Yeast Infection Cure System Visit: Oral Yeast Infection
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