Oral Thrush

What is an Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is an infection in your mouth and throat. It causes white patches on your tongue and in your mouth.

Follow these instructions at home:

Helping with soreness

  • To lessen your pain:
    • Drink cold liquids, like water and iced tea.
    • Eat frozen ice pops or frozen juices.
    • Eat foods that are easy to swallow, like gelatin and ice cream.
    • Drink from a straw if the patches in your mouth are painful.

General instructions

  • Take or use over-the-counter and prescription medicines only as told by your doctor. Medicine for oral thrush may be something to swallow, or it may be something to put on the infected area.
  • Eat plain yogurt that has live cultures in it. Read the label to make sure.
  • If you wear dentures:
    • Take out your dentures before you go to bed.
    • Brush them well.
    • Soak them in a denture cleaner.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt-water many times a day. To make the salt-water mixture, completely dissolve 1/2–1 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water.

Contact a doctor if:

  • Your problems are getting worse.
  • Your problems do not get better in less than 7 days with treatment.
  • Your infection is spreading. This may show as white patches on the skin outside of your mouth.
  • You are nursing your baby and you have redness and pain in the nipples.

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