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Oral Thrush (cont.)

What Are Oral Thrush Home Remedies?

Nontraditional/homeopathic remedies to treat thrush include: (1) swabbing the oral area with pure, virgin coconut oil (caprylic acid is the active ingredient); (2) yogurt swabs of the oral area and application to the mother's nipples; (3) application of white distilled vinegar and/or a dilute baking soda (1 tsp/8 oz water) to mother's nipples; and (4) application of acidophilus to infant oral-involved areas and maternal nipples. These approaches have not been rigorously and scientifically studied and are recommendations based upon anecdotal reports.

How Can People Prevent Oral Thrush?

Since an oral thrush infection generally represents an overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans that is commonly found in the oral cavity, prevention strategies focus on limiting such overgrowth and limiting repeated reexposure to Candida.

Nursing mothers should avoid damp or wet nursing pads and consider air-drying their nipples if they or their infant develop repeated yeast infections. Similarly, soap and water hygiene for bottle nipples and pacifiers will lessen oral Candida infections. For those needing daily-inhaled corticosteroids for effective asthma control, use of a spacer when using a metered-dose inhaler (MDI) and rinsing and spitting out with water following MDI or nebulizer administered corticosteroids is imperative.

What Is the Prognosis for Oral Thrush?

The prognosis for infants who experience thrush is excellent. The function and effectiveness of the immune system matures as an individual passes from infancy to childhood to adulthood. As such, the frequency of thrush diminishes with age.

Older children, teens, and adults who develop thrush (and are not employing inhaled corticosteroids) should have a thorough evaluation by their physician to identify the underlying reason causing them to be prone to oral thrush.

REFERENCES:

Krol, David, and Martha Keels. "Oral Conditions." Pediatrics in Review 28 (2007): 1-7.

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Oropharyngeal/Esophageal Candidiasis ('Thrush')." Feb. 13, 2014. <http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/candidiasis/thrush/>.

Venkatesh, Mohan Pammi. "Clinical Manifestations and Diagnosis of Candida Infection in Neonates." UpToDate.com. Feb. 2009. <http://www.uptodate.com/patients/content/topic.do?topicKey=~mcNV_dPvFZbvUb_&selectedTitle=4~9&source=search_result>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/6/2016

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