America's New Epidemic
Candida Yeast Infections
What Is Candida
Preventing Candida Overgrowth And Thrush
A common myth is that only children or those in adverse circumstances are susceptible to the condition known as thrush. Thrush can actually affect anyone at any age, and in any type of physical condition. It is more common to see serious cases of thrush in infants, older people, or those who are not able to care for themselves, but the same factors, causing this condition, can easily appear due to a variety of factors.
Cause of Thrush
An overgrowth of Candida fungus can affect many parts of the body, but in the throat it can develop into a serious problem. In infants thrush is common, and usually will not become serious as long as the baby is able to eat properly. There are number of reasons that an otherwise healthy adult will experience this problem, and itís often a issue for those whoís immune system is compromised.
Overgrowth of Candida
Thrush is the name given to an overgrowth of candida in the throat. For those out of childhood thrush is one of the less common conditions caused by an overgrowth of Candida. In adults infections caused by this overgrowth are more often seen in the skin, nails, blood, and urinary or vaginal infections. Adults will also see mental, emotional, and digestive issues due to Candida overgrowth.
The Symptoms of Thrush
The easiest symptoms of thrush to spot are very unique white patches that are characteristic of thrush. Those experiencing this condition will complain of a dry mouth, soreness in their teeth, and bad breath as well as an unpleasant taste in the mouth. The tissue under the thrush white patch will feel sore or raw. These patches can develop on the back of the throat, the inner cheeks, tongue, and near the lips. In some cases the lesions will develop on the esophagus causing pain when swallowing anything even fluid. These lesions sometimes break and bleed. If fever is present or the person with the condition canít swallow itís recommended to see a doctor as soon as possible.
A doctor will often need to perform a test to discover if candida overgrowth is present, in order to ascertain if the problem is thrush. By scraping off a small amount of skin from the white patches he or she can look under a microscope and detect the fungus. Another method is to use an endoscope or a very small camera to observe the tissue at the back of the throat, esophagus, or stomach. In this procedure the doctor might also take a biopsy of the tissue for testing.
Preventing Thrush in Adults
Since thrush is more common in adults with compromised immunity itís important for those who have diabetes to keep this condition as under control as possible. Seeing a dentist regularly, taking care of the teeth or dentures and eating a diet low in sugar will help in keeping Candida levels in check. Healthy levels of friendly bacteria that keep Candida levels down can be maintained by adding foods with probiotics to the diet.