Oral thrush is often found in Candida sufferers. This is because Candida Albicans, the yeast that causes systemic fungal overgrowth, is also the organism that gives rise to oral thrush.
The symptoms are easy to recognize, but it’s not so easy to beat the infection. You may find that the oral thrush will keep coming back until you have beaten your underlying Candida infestation.
In addition to the Candida Diet plan, there are a number of natural remedies that can help with your oral thrush. You can make an antifungal mouthwash from various essential oils that will both kill the Candida yeast and freshen your breath. A therapy named oil pulling is also an effective way to eliminate yeast from your mouth and remove the toxic byproducts of Candida.
Do you have oral thrush?
The symptoms of oral thrush are easy to recognize, much easier in fact than the symptoms of a more generalized Candida infestation. Oral thrush can often develop very quickly, but then can turn into a long-lasting chronic infection if it is not treated.
The main symptoms of oral thrush are small white lesions that you will start to notice on your tongue or inside your cheeks. They may also spread to the roof of your mouth and your gums. Underneath the white lesions is a painful, red area that may even bleed slightly if you scrape off the lesion. Your doctor will take a look at these cells under the microscope to give a definite diagnosis.
The skin at the corners of your mouth may redden or crack slightly. Some oral thrush sufferers also experience pain or difficulty swallowing. This is a sign that the infection has spread down your into your esophagus. If the infection worsens further you may even develop a fever.
How can you treat your oral thrush?
The first step to treating your oral thrush is to address your systemic Candida problem. This yeast infestation is the underlying cause of your oral thrush, and by following a thorough Candida treatment plan you can solve both problems. This means a course of good probiotics, some antifungals and a strict anti-Candida diet.
Your doctor may prescribe medication for your oral thrush. You may find that these are very hard on your liver though, so if you are a frequent oral thrush sufferer, natural therapies can be a gentler option. These alternative solutions will relieve your symptoms or oral thrush, however note that they will not address the underlying problems. Whichever therapy you choose, you should still combine it with a Candida treatment plan.
Add 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil to water and you have a mouthwash that will kill the Candida yeast in your mouth and freshen your breath too. Spearmint essential oil is another great option that has much the same effect. You can also use combinations of essential oils – try a few drops each of tea tree oil, lavender oil and chamomile oil.
Swish the mixture around in your mouth just like a normal mouthwash, and be sure to spit it out rather than swallowing it. These mouthwashes are gentle on your body and you can use them several times a day. Continuing to use a good herbal mouthwash after your thrush has gone will also prevent it from returning.
One of the symptoms of a systematic Candida infection is oral thrush. This is frequently seen in Candida sufferers and those who have recently taken antibiotics. You can recognize it very simply – the giveaway is a thick white coating on the tongue. If you’re undergoing treatment for Candida overgrowth in your gut, don’t forget that your mouth is another favorite breeding area.
So how does oil pulling help with oral thrush? Well, it helps in two ways.
- As you swish the oil around in your mouth, it collects and traps pathogens
- If you use extra virgin coconut oil (as we recommend), its antifungal properties will actually kill the yeast in your mouth. Coconut oil contains caprylic acid, a natural but powerful antifungal
For more details take a look at our oil pulling page.
For lots more information on the symptoms, causes and treatment of Candida, take a look at my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment program.