Oral yeast infections also known as thrush can cause raised white curd-like patches that may have red borders on the tongue and can infect other mucous-membrane surfaces in the mouth. Scraping can remove these white patches, leaving a bleeding, painful surface.
Thrush is sometimes seen in infants although it is much more frequent in the terminally ill and people over 50 years of age. Oesophageal candidosis is much more prevalent in men than women. Diabetes, leukaemia and AIDS are common risk factors. The use of steroid inhalers and people that wear dentures are also at a higher risk. People with mercury dental fillings are 67% more likely to get oral yeast than those without them.
Many times these infections go down into the throat and infect the pharynx or larynx. The most typical symptom is pain when swallowing or a sensation of food sticking in the throat. Hoarseness or altered vocalization will often occur at this point. There can also be a dry irritative cough and pain in the throat. An endoscopy is the best method to make a firm diagnosis because the ulcer will be plainly visible. If an ulcer is visible it can be biopsied for a positive diagnosis.
Another diagnostic method is for your doctor to scrape the lesion and view the sample under a microscope. If hyphae or spores are seen then it is yeast.
Cultures can be used to determine the species but most cases of oesophageal candida are caused by candida albicans or candida tropicalis.
Look in the mirror with your tongue stuck out, if it is heavily coated with a white film, chances are you have an oral yeast infection. However, bad bacteria can also cause this condition so it might be a good idea to see a doctor and have them perform a culture to verify if it is yeast related or not.
Thrush infections have been linked to a defect in the white blood cells or a confirmed low white blood cell count. Low IgA immunoglobulin counts are also highly suspect since this is the immunoglobulin responsible for the defense of the mucousal linings in the body. IgA deficiency is also the most common immune system deficiency seen in humans, and it is usually for life. I suspect this is one of the primary causes of oral yeast infections and many yeast infections in general.
The drugs Clotrimazole, Miconazole and Amphotericin B lozenges seem to work better than Nystatin. However, quite often the physician will have to try different drugs to find a combination that works. Sometimes Miconazole and Amphotericin B will have to be used intravenously to get rid of the infection.
Most of the time these yeast infections are an indication of intestinal yeast as well. For this reason, I highly recommend you under go the entire yeast infection treatment system or get tested to verify intestinal yeast and then proceed as necessary.
This webpage provides information on testing for yeast so you can determine if you might also have this in your intestine. If you do then it should be treated as a systemic infection or use the treatments on the oral yeast treatment page in conjunction with the intestinal system.
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