Oral Thrush Treatment Over The Counter

What is oral thrush?

Oral thrush is an  infection of the mouth caused by a fungus called Candida, and tends to be most common in babies, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems. You might also get thrush if you’re:

  • taking antibiotics over a long time
  • using asthma inhalers
  • getting cancer treatment like chemotherapy

Oral thrush in adults is not contagious and can be easily treated with over the counter antifungal medication. Whilst you are suffering with oral thrush you should avoid smoking.

Symptoms of Oral Thrush in adults:

  • White patches in the mouth that can be wiped off leaving red patches
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Cracks in corners of the mouth
  • Sore tongue/gums

Symptoms of Oral Thrush in babies:

  • White coating on the tongue, that doesn’t wipe off easily
  • White spots in the mouth/gums
  • Babies may not want to feed
  • Nappy rash

Babies can pass on thrush to their mothers if breastfeeding, which can lead to nipple thrush in mothers.

Oral Thrush Treatment:

If oral thrush is left untreated, it is likely that the infection will persist, and possibly spread to other parts of the body. Speak with your local Day Lewis pharmacist about the symptoms you are experiencing and get advice on oral thrush treatment.

The pharmacist may recommend antifungal medication to clear the infection in the form of gels to apply directly to the mouth or if appropriate tablets.

Reference: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/oral-thrush-mouth-thrush/

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