What is Thrush?
Among the many conditions caused by Candida albicans, one of the most common is called Thrush. Affecting mostly the very young and very old, this infection is found in the mouth and tongue areas.
How can you tell if you are your child has thrush? Patches of white appear on the mouth or on the tongue, as well as red or cracked areas around the lips. If the patches are rubbed off either when you eat or brush your teeth, a raw area can appear which is mostly red in color.
While the fungus growth in the mouth is prevented by bacteria, an illness or weak immune system can contribute to the spread of the fungus known as oral thrush. In addition, if you are taking antibiotics which cause an imbalance, the fungus can multiply.
In severe cases, such as people with AIDS, oral thrush can spread to the esophagus and cause a myriad of problems.
One of the concerns of oral thrush is it can segue into other areas in the young and old alike. For older individuals who develop this condition, it can cause denture problems. How? Older folks who wear partial dentures, for example, that are poorly fitted can cause plaque and food particles to become trapped which can lead to decay in the remaining teeth. Conditions such as gingivitis or periodontitis may occur and the fungus resulting from these conditions may cause oral thrush.
For the very young who are diagnosed with thrush, the condition can affect not only the baby but the mother as well. For example, if you breastfeed a baby who has this condition, you can develop a yeast infection on your breast or nipples. In fact, thrush can also affect older children in the form of diabetes or a disorder occurring within their immune system.
It should be noted that although Candida albicans exists in small, harmless quantities in the mouth and other areas of the body, if the fungus continues to grow at a rapid pace it results in thrush.
Our bodies consist of “good” bacteria which is necessary to fight off infection. However, when antibiotics or other drugs are utilized to treat illness, the normal immune defenses within the body are impaired and Candida conditions such as thrush often result.
Thrush is treatable as long as the condition does not worsen. Although physicians do assert that the condition may re-occur.